Friday, June 18, 2010

Review: Broken Days (The Quilt Trilogy #2 )by Ann Rinaldi

Summary:When her mother died, she told 14-year-old Walking Breeze to seek out her family-the Chelmsfords of Salem. She will find solace there. But Ebie Chelmsford has other ideas. Ebie knows that her half-Shawnee "cousin" will take her place as grandfather's favorite. And Ebie will do anything to stop that--even trying to prove that the girl is an imposter... Ebie thinks Walking Breeze is destroying the home Aunt Hannah has fought to keep together. But it's Ebie's actions, ultimately, that risk tearing apart the Chelmsford family, like the tattered threads of the family quilt.

Review: The second book in the Quilt Trilogy by Ann Rinaldi, takes us to the next generation. The characters we met in the first book are grow, married and with children.

Cabot's only daughter Ebie, the main character was a lot of fun to read about. She was young, head strong and knew what she wanted and how to get it. Though I thought how she treated Walking Breeze was sad and not very nice, I also had sympathy for her. All she wanted was to be loved by her Grandfather, like any young girl. When she realizes that Walking Breeze is the daughter of Grandfather's favorite child, Thankful, Ebie is afraid that Grandfather will no longer love her. So begins the story of trust, yet again the main point in this book as it was in the first one.

The other characters are rich and wonderfully written and I enjoyed reading about them all. I was shocked to hear that after twenty years, Hannah had yet to marry Richard. It was also sad to hear that Mattie and Lawrence did not have any children. And Cabot. His wife left him because he was "supposedly" lost at sea, so he had to raise Ebi with the help of his sister. Georgie, Louis' daughter from the first book, was grown up and quiet a nuisance.

I'm not going to spoil the book further, so I'll stop by saying that the plot was very, very well written and researched to a great extent. Not only was she able to put in the life of the people in Salem at the time, Rinaldi was able to capture the hearts and experience of Native Americans at the time as well. This was not a disappointing read since I read it in one hour tops and began book #3, right afterwards. One though though was the fact the Ebie falls in love with Jemmy.Her cousin. Like literally, her cousin! Again, I got a taste of what life like then was like.

Grade: Go to fullsize image I really liked it.

Cover: A+, I love it! With Ebie and Walking Breeze and a sea man ( I think it might be Richard?), it goes very well with this book!

Overall: If you've read the first book, read this was right away. If not, then go pick up the first book and begin reading. You're going to fall in love with historical fiction.

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