The Beloved Wild

The Beloved Wild

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Pride and Prejudice meets Cold Mountain.

Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. Her neighbour 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, realises what she wants, and accepts who she's loved all along.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137 x 211 x 21mm | 272.16g
  • Square Fish
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1250294657
  • 9781250294654
  • 1,697,145

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The Beloved Wild:

A 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project List Selected Title

"A page-turning, delightful debut with equal parts historical adventure and romance." --Ruta Sepetys, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Salt to the Sea

"Reminiscent of the works by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this charming novel is an enjoyable reflection on women's roles, romance, and the power of choice." --School Library Journal

"A complicated courtship in the wilderness plays out like Pride and Prejudice with a western backdrop, but the ending bucks tradition to set up a refreshingly level-headed ever-after that is steeped in reality and feels true to the journey."--Publishers Weekly

"Ostrom presents a rich, believable novel with a classic feel. . . . This is a great recommendation for fans of gutsy female characters like Jo March and Jane Eyre." --VOYA

"The warm romance and witty banter between the well-wrought characters should please plenty of teen readers . . . . " --Booklist
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About Melissa Ostrom

Melissa Ostrom teaches English literature at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Beloved Wild is her YA debut. She lives in Batavia, New York, with her family.
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Rating details

312 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (81)
4 41% (129)
3 23% (73)
2 8% (25)
1 1% (4)
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