Monday, 27 June 2016

RJF // Eight Cousins + The King's Daughter + The Witch of Blackbird Pond + . . . .

Ahhh....3 more days until June ends! And there are still SO many books that I want to share with y'all! :D So...instead of doing rather lengthy reviews on one single book, I'm going to use summaries from Amazon, and post way more than just one book at a time. 

The books I'm posting today are absolute favourites of mine. I can read them over and over and over again and never get tired of 'em! :D 

Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott

When Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at "The Aunt Hill" to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed. How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls' boarding school, exist in such a spirited home? It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything. Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose's forward-thinking uncle insists that the child get out of the parlor and into the sunshine. And with a little courage and lots of adventures with her mischievous but loving cousins, Rose begins to bloom.
Written by the beloved author of Little WomenEight Cousins is a masterpiece of children's literature. This endearing novel offers readers of all ages an inspiring story about growing up, making friends, and facing life with strength and kindness.

And I'm adding this other cover because I found it on Google and it's sooo adorable! :)

The King's Daughter - Suzanne Martel

Jeanne Chatel has always dreamed of adventure. So when the eighteen-year-old orphan is summoned to sail from France to the wilds of North America to become a king's daughter and marry a French settler, she doesn't hesitate.
Her new husband is not the dashing military man she has dreamed of, but a trapper with two small children who lives in a small cabin in the woods. With her husband away trapping much of the time, Jeanne faces danger daily, but the bravery and spirit that brought her to this wild place never fail her, and she soon learns to be truly at home in her new land.

An Old-Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott

Polly Milton never questions the way she is - until she goes to visit her cousins in the city. Her cousin Fanny looks too glamorous to be Polly's age, and wouldn't be caught dead playing in the snow. Will Polly ever learn to be like the other girls? And does she even want to? Sometimes being old-fashioned is right in style. A timeless story by the author of Little Women.

Mara, Daughter of the Nile - Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom. In order to gain it, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies - each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.

I did a review for this in January. You can read it HERE

The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit's friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty. Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.


  1. Ooh good books Blessing! I have never read the first three books but they look really good! Mara Daughter of the Nile and The Witch of Blackbird Pond are two of my favorite books too :)

    1. Yes, aren't they amazing?! Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Elizabeth George Speare are AWESOME authors! :D

  2. Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl and The Witch of Blackbird Pond are all such good books!! :D

    ~Lydia~ <

    1. They are really good books! I love 'em to bits! ;)

      Thanks for commenting, Lydia! :)

  3. All of these books sound amazing and... *gasp* I haven't read any of them! More for the TBR. :P

    1. *gasps back* You haven't read any of them?? Girl, you got some reading to do! :P

  4. These all look like really good books! I haven't read any of them, but I should try some. :)

    1. Yes, please, go read them! I'm sure you'd enjoy them! :)

  5. Oh! I LOVE Eight Cousins and An Old-Fashioned Girl! Louisa May Alcott's books are SO good. And yes, they are very re-readable. :) (Oh, and I have to agree with you. That second cover of Eight Cousins is ABSOLUTELY adorable. It even has the Scottish plaid at the top. Love it. :))

    Now I'm really curious. Has your family, by any chance, used Sonlight curriculum for school? Because I'm recognizing a lot of the books you've been reviewing--Moccasin Trail, The Gammage Cup, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Mara Daughter of the Nile--we have all those books, and with the exact same covers, too. :)

    1. Hehe, yeah, we did/do use Sonlight curriculum! More in the earlier years though. That and Charlotte Mason. They recommend soooo many good books - I guess I'm really blessed that Mom decided to choose Sonlight! :D

      I'm guessing you did too? ;)

    2. Haha! I thought maybe! I mean, all those familiar books, it must be on account of Sonlight! Heehee. ;) And yes, they do recommend SOOOO many good books. :D

      Yup, we did Sonlight, too. Sort of sporadically. My mom has used a lot of different curriculums over the years. :)


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