Monday, April 20, 2009

Book Review of The Girls of Lighthouse Lane #2: Rose's Story by Erika Tamar

The Girls of Lighthouse Lane Rose's Story
The Girls of Lighthouse Lane: Rose's Story
Authors: Erika Tamar and Thomas Kinkade
Publisher: HarperCollins (2004)
Hardcover, 192 pages, $12.99
ISBN-10: 0060543442
ISBN-13: 978-0060543440

In New York City in 1905, Rose Forbes desperately tries to fit in at her exclusive all-girl school. When her mother's support of the suffragist movement becomes common knowledge, the other girls treat her as an outcast. Her father's medical practice also suffers after Rose's mother is arrested during a protest. Rose's parents decide that a change of scenery would be beneficial and settle on Cape Light as their new home.

Rose is excited about the possibility of new friends and a chance to start over. Kat, Amanda and Lizabeth welcome Rose warmly, but Rose lives in fear that they will shun her if they discover her mother's involvement in the women's rights movement. Rose is more interested in horses than politics and doesn't understand her mother's dedication to the suffragist cause. Rose begins working with an abused race horse, Midnight Star. When she's barred from participating in a jumping competition because of her gender, Rose finally understands and embraces her mother's political views.

While the plot is predictable from the start, Rose's love of horses will resonate with many young readers.

Rating: 5/10.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I have given you an award on my blog

  2. This sounds like a cute story - first I've seen including the suffragist movement in it. We don't usually think of what the kids have to go through (bet that would be a good "serious" plot).

  3. Aw, it's too bad it was so predictable. The historical context really appeals to me. I love reading about that time period.

  4. Does sound a little predictable, like you could see the shunning of females pulling together mom and daughter.

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