The Beloved Wild
- Author: Melissa Ostrom
- Published: April 27th, 2018
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Ratings: 3/5
Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. Her neighbor is Daniel Long, who runs his family’s farm on his own after the death of his parents. Harriet’s mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet isn’t so sure she wants someone else to choose her path—in love and in life.
When her brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him—disguised as a boy. Their journey includes sickness, uninvited guests, and difficult emotional terrain as Harriet comes of age, realizes what she wants, and accepts who she’s loved all along.
I requested this book from Netgalley because it sounded so interested and how can I pass on a story where a girl decides to dress as a boy to accomplish her goals but sadly this wasn’t a full five stars for me. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy some parts of it. This is a historical fiction story with lots of farming information which I thought it was good and I learned a bit from it but I also feel that it was way too much of, some of those pages used to describe farming could had been use for character time. It was hard to get a connection with the characters because everything went back to the farming talk.
overall, is a good story just wished there wasn’t all that farming talk. And the way the book ended makes me wonder if there’s going to be a sequel???