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Review of Sense and Sensibility

Summary of Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility tells the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two young women in England, around 1800. In the beginning of the book, Elinor and Marianne are shaken by the death of their father. They, along with their mother and younger sister, move to Barton Cottage, and meet a memorable cast of characters throughout the book. Good-humored, matchmaking Mrs. Jennings, and her cool and poised daughter, Lady Middleton. Reserved, yet kind, Colonel Brandon, and cunning Lucy Steele, to name a few. The story centers around Elinor and Marianne finding suitable husbands. Through love at first sight, betrayal, and some unexpected twists, will Elinor and Marianne ever find love?

My Thoughts of Sense and Sensibility

I enjoyed reading this classic novel. The distinct characters were fun to read about, and the complicated twists in the story manage to lead to a happy ending! This is definitely not a modern book, and some parts were a little hard to understand, since Jane Austen published Sense and Sensibility in 1811. I really liked how Marianne, especially, grew into a woman by the end of the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys classic stories or historical romance.

Review of Rilla of Ingleside

Summary of Rilla of Ingleside

In Rilla of Ingleside, L.M. Montgomery shares another story from Ingleside. Anne’s children are grown up, except for Rilla, who is almost fifteen. Rilla can’t wait for the next few years of her life. She imagines fun, carefree times spent with friends. Especially Kenneth Ford, if only he would notice her.

But tragedy strikes when World War 1 breaks out. Everyone’s life is turned upside down. Rilla’s brothers and friends go off to war, and she brings home a baby who has no one to care for him. Through the four long years of war, we watch as Rilla grows in strength, courage and compassion.

My thoughts on Rilla of Ingleside

I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet, funny and touching, all in one. I loved the way Rilla grew throughout the story, from a young teen to a strong, gracious lady. Yet, she remained the same Rilla.

Susan is such a character! Her personality adds humor and insight to the story. I laughed out loud when, late in the book, she receives a marriage proposal and chases the man out of the house with a pot!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. Rilla of Ingleside is part of a series, but you could definitely read it without reading the other books first.

Review of Little Women

Summary of Little Women

In Little Women, Louisa May Alcott welcomes us into the world of the March sisters. Each girl has her own unique personality, which makes the story feel true to life. We read about Meg’s longing for a family of her own, Jo’s love of writing, Beth’s sweet nature, Amy’s desire for beautiful things, and the neighbor boy, Laurie, who adds a boyish aspect.

The March sisters have a strong, loving bond, but the story isn’t without some conflict. From burnt curls to stained gloves, to the ever-present problem of being poor, the sisters have their share of trials. And when Jo and Amy’s personalities clash, a feud begins. Will they make peace before it goes too far?

My thoughts on Little Women

This is one of my favorite books! I could relate to each of the girls in some way. I loved how they grew throughout the story, and how all the characters had strengths along with imperfections. Marmee is such a loving mother, and Father is kind and gentle. I felt like a part of the March family after reading this.

Review of Anne of Ingleside

Summary of Anne of Ingleside

     Anne of Ingleside gives us a glimpse into the life of the Blythe family. We see Anne of Green Gables, all grown up and with eventually six children. The children of Ingleside are as imaginative as their mother, and the story tells of their dreams and trials alike. L. M. Montgomery gives each child of Ingleside their own unique personality, which brings the story to life.

     Anne and Gilbert are loving parents, but when Gilbert’s aunt Mary Maria shows up to stay with the family, their life is turned upside down. Aunt Mary Maria objects to almost all aspects of the Blythe family’s lifestyle. She dislikes noise, can’t stand the food, and objects to Anne and Gilbert’s parenting methods. What will Anne do?

My thoughts on Anne of Ingleside

This book is sweet, lighthearted, and entertaining. I loved the perspective of the Ingleside children, the goings-on of the town, and the peek into Anne’s life as a mother. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fun, family story.

Review of Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables Summary

When Anne is brought to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert’s home, she has no idea they sent for an orphan boy, not a girl. But she soon finds out. Anne is heartbroken until she wakes up the next morning to find that the Cuthbert’s have decided to adopt her. We travel with Anne through starting school, meeting her best friend Diana, and her rivalry with Gilbert Blythe.

My thoughts on Anne of Green Gables

This is a sweet story, and I really enjoyed it. I will admit, Anne did talk a lot in the beginning of the book. Her imagination was very entertaining, and L. M. Montgomery created a unique, memorable character in Anne. She is imaginative and expressive, and I love the way she grows up throughout the book. I also loved Matthew Cuthbert’s gentle, kind heart, and the friendship Anne and Diana share.

Review of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Summary

Tom Sawyer is an unforgettable character. His adventurous spirit and great imagination bring this story to life. We find Tom convincing his friends to do his painting, chasing pretty Becky Thatcher, and attempting to become a pirate. Joe Harper and Huck Finn are almost always along on the adventure. But when Tom and Huck witness something they shouldn’t, they swear to secrecy. Will Tom keep his vow and allow an innocent man to be punished? Or will he bring the truth to light and live in fear of the man he spoke against?

My Thoughts on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This book had me laughing. Between the boys’ very serious trading of things like fishhooks and Sunday school tickets, to Tom’s antics to get the attention of Becky Thatcher, Mark Twain knew how to make people laugh. However, there were also some parts where I was confused. The language can be hard to understand, since the original was published in 1876. Some of the customs were dated and didn’t make sense to a modern reader. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a funny, classic adventure.

Review of A Lantern in Her Hand

A Lantern in Her Hand Summary

A Lantern in Her Hand tells the story of fictional Abbie Deal, one of the first women to settle in Nebraska. We first meet eight-year-old Abbie, who has big dreams for her life. Perhaps she will become a singer, or maybe an artist. But when she is offered the opportunity to marry rich Ed Matthews and travel to New York to sing, Abbie chooses instead to marry quiet, kind, Will Deal, whom she truly loves. Will and Abbie travel by covered wagon to a new and promising land- Nebraska. As it turns out, Nebraska is full of hardship. Drought and grasshoppers threaten the settler’s crops. But amidst the difficult times, Abbie and Will find joy in their children and their love for each other.

My Thoughts on A Lantern in Her Hand

I loved this book. Touching and sweet, it’s like the author, Bess Streeter Aldrich, gives us a peek into what one woman’s life might have looked like over one hundred years ago. Besides Abbie, two of my favorite characters are Will’s father, Grandpa Deal, and Abbie’s granddaughter Laura. Grandpa Deal is so funny and easygoing, and I love the bond Abbie and Laura share. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Little House on the Prairie series.

Similar Books I’ve Read

  • Little House on the Prairie Series
  • Any of Lauraine Snelling or Janette Oke’s books