1. I started reading this with the Reading to Know Classics bookclub but ended up stopping right around where the new schoolteacher starts boarding with the Stantons – not because I wasn’t interested, but because library books were starting to be due and I needed to get them finished. Since this is on my kindle rather than out of my library, I don’t have that regular reminder to keep reading – but your review reminds me that this IS a book worth finishing. Let me go put that on my list 🙂

  2. I really loved this book when I read it as a young adult. I appreciated your comments on Christian romance novels too. Although I disdain them now (mostly for their preachiness and lack of great writing), I read them voraciously as a teen and credit them with helping me to maintain my purity and to wait for God’s choice.

  3. 😀 I love that Lulu was ready to instantly re-read it.

    Interesting remarks about Christian romance. I don’t know that I buy the fact that such books would cause a young woman’s expectations to be “too high”. At the same time, I don’t think it’s remotely wrong to have high expectations. My argument is that it gives a goopey idea of romance which affects the already twitter pated brain (which was what happened in my case). 😀 It just makes you want to engage in a romance before you are remotely ready to! I’m not opposed to romantic tales but I’d say if you’re going to read them, chose the best and something that’s harder to read (like Austen or some other classical work).

    Anyway, there’s a longer more compelling argument somewhere in there that could be made but I don’t know that I’m set to work it out. 🙂

    Interesting thoughts! Glad you guys finally made it through this one, liked it, and shared about it!

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