Susannah Sunfire No 2

Susannah Sunfire No 2❮PDF❯ ⚣ Susannah Sunfire No 2 ✈ Author Candice Ransom – The South that raised her was at war while Susannah's own battle raged in her heartSusannah had lived her sixteen years as a proper Virginia girl obedient dreaming of marriage leaving the decisions to The South that raised her was at war while Susannah's own battle raged in her heartSusannah had lived her sixteen years as a proper Virginia girl obedient dreaming of marriage leaving the decisions to the men But when her brother and her fiance are called on to defend the South Susannah takes Susannah Sunfire ePUB ✓ the first daring steps of rebellion against the old rules She must fight for her own life for her family and for the secret love born in the flames of war. In the mid to late 80's Scholastic had a series called Sunfire They were simple romances set around a major historical event in US history I LOVED THESE I think I almost had the entire series 30books This one was by far my favorite I read it multiple times When I went off to college I took my entire book collection probably around 100 books mostly YA and pop fiction to the used book store I really regret that now On a practical side I don't know how I would have stored all of them over the years I did finally rebuy this one and several other favorites from the series off eBay It felt like I was buying a piece of my naive pre teen existence backand that's ok ; Wow this was a fun little trip down memory lane I first read this when it was released I was 10 I don't even know how many times I read it then but it had to be at least eight There was one unmemorable re read about 10 years ago and now recently I picked it up again fresh off a viewing of Ken Burns' The Civil WarI'm a bit of a Civil War buff and so that is what drives my very high rating of this book Some of the dialogue is cheesy the plot developments contrived the romance is really hard to put my finger on they bicker a lot and yet they seem to really care for each other so it was easy to root for them The descriptions of things like making homespun fabric curing meat for preservation the cooking turning dresses combined with the hazards of living in the midst of a war zone almost make this an educational tome cleverly disguised as a teen romance; but the characters are all likable and very easy to identify with particulary Susannah who is alternately daring resourceful compassionate and just flawed enough to keep her interesting This isn't bestselling Oprah lit or anything and is really nothing like Gone With the Wind despite the image on the back cover but as a harmless piece of young adult brain candy is succeeds on many levels the highest of which is entertainment and a certain wistfulness when the story ends I'm seeking out other volumes in this series which is now sadly out of print but like when I read these 25 years ago I suspect this will be my favorite in the series and that is why I have to give it such high marks I will admit up front that I keep going back and forth on my opinion of this book so if this review seems disjointed that would be why I loved this one when I was a kid and looked forward to it during the Sunfire Re Read I actually remembered a few bits from the plotUnfortunately some things about this book bothered me as an adult Susannah Dellinger turns 16 in 1864 and has nothing to look forward to except the end of the Civil War Her family lives on a plantation outside of Winchester Virginia a city that changed hands several times during the war They're running out of money and food and all but four slaves have been freed or have left Make that three slaves after Susannah helps her childhood playmate Katie escape to freedom Susannah's brother and sweetheart are off fighting for the Confederacy though they seem to make it home for brief visits fairly often Evan Jones is dismayed and with each visit disillusioned with the losing South and an increasingly less ladylike Susannah Daddy soon drops dead Susannah finds out they've got no money and the corn crop never panned out Then the newly harvested wheat crop gets destroyed by rain The South is losing There is no food and the army stole their animals Oh crapOur girl has run into Caine Harding Union soldier on several occasions and it's obvious that he likes her Susannah thinks about him often than she would like to Eventually their attraction develops into a clandestine semi romance with Caine giving Susannah much needed food much sought after news and a much appreciated here Yankees use this house as a headuarters instead of burning it down In return Susannah basically just gives Caine grief for being a Yankee But the South's defeat is inevitable and Susannah and her family will have to fleeYes I do realize that this is a mere teen romance but any story about a Southern girl on a plantation during the Civil War is going to draw comparisons to the Big Kahuna I'm not needlessly carping folks It's difficult to form original characters when you've got such iconic ones as those from Gone With the Wind rattling around in your brain Susannah steps up and takes charge after her father dies and after this point many of her interactions with whiny younger sister Patricia are reminiscent of Scarlett O'Hara screaming at lazy sis Suellen The genteel mother who is the pinnacle of womanly behavior is basically an Ellen O'Hara who gets to live through the book Evan Jones is a brooding scion of the old South who regards the end of the era with gloomy depression Ashley Wilkes anyone? Are these characters so entrenched and universal that they're now archetypes? I don't know but the similarities were jarring and the back cover art in which a Scarlett looking woman flees a burning Tara looking plantation doesn't help a bitI did enjoy the character arc of Garnet Jones Evan's useless dingy sister who clings to her simpering Southern belle ways until tragedy jolts her back into reality Yes she's annoying but she's so clearly in denial that you feel sorry for the poor thing She's kind of conveniently disposed of towards the end of the story so that Susannah doesn't have to be responsible for her any which was fairly disappointing The descriptions of Virginia the war the deprivation it was all riveting and seemed uite accurate and well done Susannah herself is a strong character and despite the slight Scarlett ness of it all I liked that she knew how to raise her voice and push to get things done So many Sunfire heroines are annoyingly passive but Susannah takes firm charge of her fateThe major issue I have to take with this story is the not altogether convincing romantic relationship between Caine and Susannah They have no opportunity in which to get to know each other no major personal interactions and it seems like Susannah spends half the novel pissed off at him So at what point am I supposed to sign up for their fan club? Ultimately the attraction seems mostly superficial And their idealogical differences are swept neatly under the rug He was on the opposite side of the battle in which her brother and Evan were killed That's a big deal Except she decides it's not Because he didn't personally shoot them Or something A historical uibble Susannah grew up on a plantation in Virginia They had slaves She knew they were slaves and would have referred to them as slaves Not servants The black characters are servants up until Susannah helps Katie escape Then Katie is referred to as a slave But only Katie Susannah's father freed his slaves in his will and after that the ones who chose to stay were paid servants Having Susannah mentally refer to the slaves as servants before they were servants does not absolve her of belonging to a slave owning family Will the Sunfire authors stop pussyfooting around with this unavoidable historical fact from the early 1700s on through 1865 most of America's agricultural wealth was made by exploiting slave labor It's reprehensible But it happened Now stop trying to write around it Verdict The ignoring slavery thing really irritates me so that's an automatic one star deduction And the willful blindness of the romance plot subtracts another I am not sure what to do with the rest Three stars it is It's not the worst of them Read it yourself and see what you think Yet another cheesy Sunfire novel this should be the last one for awhile Susannah is about a girl growing up in Virginia during the Civil War Little by little her world falls apart and she finds herself having to be the leader in her family Along the way she meets a Yankee soldier with whom she falls in love There is truly nothing better than forbidden romanceI feel like Susannah gives a fairly good portrayal of how devastating the Civil War was for the South It was pretty heart breaking to read about the family being unable to buy enough food and the Confederate Army coming along and taking their last horse I sort of feel like this book is Gone with the Wind lite as a lot of the same types of characters show up Susannah isn't nearly as sassy as Scarlett O'Hara though and probably not as selfishI like other reviewers was surprised at the lack of mention of slavery In the beginning of the novel when the author first mentions the family's servants I was like Wait are they not slaves? Then later Susannah helps one of the slaves run away But other than that there really is no discussion of slavery which is surprising for a book that was written in 1984Also I did feel like the romance between Susannah and her Yankee soldier was a little far fetched I didn't feel like they had even spent that much time together before she was declaring that she was in love with him And yes I can appreciate that she is 16 years old but really?Overall I did enjoy the book It was entertaining enough This is my favorite book out of these Sunfire romances I've read it about 10 times I saved them all these years for my daughters and Im glad I did since they are now out of print I'm on a Sunfire kick right now and have taken it upon myself to reread all of the ones I currently have Actually reviewing this one without bias is impossible because I love it too much but I will try my bestI love this book Out of all the Sunfires I've read to me this one has the best plot It of course takes place during the Civil War and focuses on Susannah and her family We follow her for about a year with a couple of flashbacks at the beginning and see the pure struggles and horror this war actually brought There is a scene at the beginning very similar to the hospital scene from Gone With the Wind You have plantations catching fire you have armies living with the main characters you have than one major characters die This book brings the plotI also think Susannah is one of the strongest protagonists out of these Sunfire books She's not just a kind sweet girl who is always doing the right thing Her choices aren't always perfect There are conseuences to her actions positive and negaitve She is an active part of her story and what she does affects her and her family She's got a real sass to her and you root for her from the get go You feel her pain and fear and you go on her journey rushing toward the end of the awful war that has ruined her way of lifeThere are also strong characters that surround her Patricia and Garnet Susannah's sister and potential sister in law are actually developed as characters and have arcs Garnet in particular is a wonderful foil to Susannah as your typical southern belle who underneath the polished glamour is a complex character who hides her real selfI also think this book has strong romance Both suitors are believable both in their relationships with Susannah and as people Evan in particular the childhood sweetheart and Confederate feels like a real example of a young man during this period He was raised to believe in certain things and this war tears him apart from the inside Also I just LOVE Caine I must talk about the elephant in the review slavery This is without a doubt the most cringe worthy part of the book While this book was written in the 80s I still don't understand why slavery was tiptoed around as it was Most of the time Susannah and other characters refer to them as servants rather than slaves All the servants were treated nicely and had good lives Mr Dellinger never whipped his servants as far as Susannah was aware The servants were never ripped apart from their families Servants weren't raped by their mastersBut I digressYeah not very historically accurate It reads like my Grandma preaching over Sunday lunch that slaves actually needed their masters and most had really good lives I'm so sure There was a scene where Susannah helped a slave escape and I hoped her ideas towards slavery would progress and evolve but they really didn't After this slavery is kind of just put to the side Even later after the first character death we are led to believe that this character had always disagreed with slavery which is complete BS and out of character I will say that all of the slave characters are written as good people They don't seem stereotyped to me but then again I'm a white women so I might not be the best judge of that I've re read this book times than any Sunfire It might not be the best but it is easily my favorite I would recommend this this book despite it's flaws toward the slavery accuracy However if that is something that would bother you totally understandable Though believe it or not there are other Sunfire books that are worse in terms of slavery Anyway to me it's one of my favorite books and I will end up reading it again Rereading my way through the Sunfire series in publication orderThree years into the Civil War Susannah Dellinger is yearning for the good old days when there were picnics and balls and attentions from her handsome neighbor Evan Jones But those days are gone Evan and her brother are off fighting for the Confederacy and she waits at home on her Virginia plantation watching everything crumble around her It's hard not to draw comparisons between SUSANNAH and GONE WITH THE WIND at least in the broad strokes Spoiled Southern belle forced to grow up and take charge when the war threatens her beloved family plantation Despite the objections of a whiny younger sibling she gets the whole family to pitch in working in the field When her childhood love a proper wistful Southern gentleman returns to visit he's saddened by the hardening of her character She meets her match in a spirited outspoken man In the writing though there's something sweeter about SUSANNAH a fine tuned loss of innocence Does Susannah truly love Evan or does she love the lost antebellum world they both knew? Does she love Caine the Yankee solider she's taken to meet in secret or does she love the uncertainty and newness of her future after the war? There were things I didn't care for in some of the characters Evan's persistent complaints about Susannah's disappearing ladylikeness for one but many seemingly stock characters had surprises of their own The bond between the hero heroine was set up on tenuous footing but the entire jist of the novel was the unpredictable and upending nature of war where the strangest things are made possible The character of Susannah is far like a hybrid of Scarlett O'Hara with an emphasis to the inner steel of Melanie Hamilton She's a strong and resourceful heroine a lot like Emily in Ransom's other SunfireAs has been noted by others the blind eye towards slavery was irksome and dishonest However it wasn't as historically obnoxious as Schurfranz's Danielle where the heroine's sugar cane plantation is worked by free men paid livable wages Both books dodge the issue of America's dark history and it was disappointing that it happened in Ransom's book because she is the far better writerThe transformation of typical belle Garnet was a nice character arc and something Ransom did extremely well as she doesn't shrink from the issue of deathFor all that I still enjoyed the book and the gradual decline and desperation of the South was illustrated uite well Back in like 6th grade or something I read the first Sunfire teen romance Amanda which was about a girl on the wagon train going west I liked it a lot and reread it occasionally So I was excited to find this one at the library booksale a few years ago and finally got around to reading it In this one Susannah is a young woman on a plantation in Virginia during the Civil War She has a beau her brother's best friend who's enlisted in the Confederate army But she keeps encountering a Union soldier who's with the occupying forces in her town has beautiful eyes is very kind and thoughtful and treats her like an eual instead of a child So of course she falls in love with him The historical details were all pretty accurate and showed the hardships endured by civilians throughout the war though it was fairly southern sympathizing I devoured much of the Sunfire historical romance series in 5th and 6th grade That is I read scores of them but I think I did a bit of skimming The formula was always the same two young men both handsome oh my Whom will she choose? 6th grade me lapped that stuff up I interviewed Candice F Ransom for an I Search children of the 80's who remembers I Search projects? career paper At the time I wanted to be a writer I still do actually Well I am one I suppose I don't recall Ms Ransom telling me in that interview how hard it is to make a solid living at the trade however

Susannah Sunfire No 2 MOBI ¹ Susannah Sunfire  ePUB
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Susannah Sunfire No 2
  • Candice Ransom
  • English
  • 01 January 2014
  • 9780590330640