Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff

The Bride's Farewell
by Meg Rosoff

In her latest book, The Bride's Farewell, author Meg Rosoff takes us to rural England in the 19th century.

In the ultimate case of "cold feet" heroine Pell Ridley is the runaway bride - shunning all the traditionally accepted ideas of "the woman's place".

Pell is determined to be her own person and develops a talent with horses ....

This is a journey book that teens,young adults and their parents will enjoy. With stories of romance and longing for family and of the family she eventually finds.

For me a strong female lead is all it takes for a recommendation. I probably would have given this book 5 stars but it was a little hard for me to get into it - stay with it though it is well worth the effort.

Product Description from Amazon:

A young woman runs away from home and finds love in the most unexpected place

In Meg Rosoff's fourth novel, a young woman in 1850s rural England runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. Pell is from a poor preacher's family and she's watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.

She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell's feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it.

Rosoff's magical voice and her novel's ethereal setting will thrill her passionate longtime fans and garner her new ones.

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