The Beloved Wild
by Melissa Ostrom
Published on March 27th 2018
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC Provided for Tour
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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 love historical romances and Ostrom’s The Beloved Wild has a Jane Austen vibe that I adore.
- Harriet is a strong character, she sees the unfairness of the way men treat women and she’s vocal about it. Too bad that back then (1800s?) society was not ready for it. I did love that through her adventure with her brother, she was able to find herself and find friendship and love to boot.
- The writing was sublime. So good, historically accurate, and insightful.
- The plot is slow to start, going about the life a typical farmers in New Hampshire, but then turns into an adventure.
- Characterization! Phineas is a hoot, Rachel is a good friend, Marian is a strong female character too. LOVE!
- Daniel is a sweetheart and good to the chore! I’m so glad for his perseverance 🙂
- Not enough romance! There wasn’t a lot of Harriet – Daniel time.
- Harriet was sometimes irrational and was a bit prejudiced, snobbish and jealous.
- The ending was not very definite, which makes me think there must be another book and this is a series.
I really enjoyed The Beloved Wild. I love that Harriet was a strong character and that took matters into her own hands. I can’t wait to read more!