REVIEW: I am a big Historical Fiction nut and Love, Joanah by Julie Mitchell hit the nail on the head for me. Don’t let the genre of Young Adult scare you off. I think the only reason for the clarification is the book doesn’t have explicit love scenes. That is OK by me. In my opinion love scenes don’t make or break a book.
I love that it takes place during the Revolutionary War. I don’t think I’ve read much on that time period so, I learned some things I didn’t know before. Some families were asked to house prisoners of war because of overcrowding in the jails and the lack of food. The prisoners worked in the fields and the harvest went to the government with a percentage to the family. Did you know that? I didn’t. The Bryant family in this book was one of those families.
The author did a great job developing her characters. I could easily identify with them even though I didn’t live in their time period. This is a great book to share with a young adult and will be a good read for all ages. If you love history or not, this book will be a good way to get a taste of historical fiction.
This is the author’s debut novel and is an excellent novel out of the starting gate. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Julie Mitchell!
I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you!
SYNOPSIS: Joanah Bryant knows she is in love with Thomas Davis, but he is away fighting British redcoats on the front lines with General Washington. When her family is forced to host prisoners of war at their family home, Joanah’s world changes in ways she never imagined and she knows life will never be the same.
When the four British prisoners arrive, Joanah doesn’t know what to make of them, especially the intriguing Andrew Welch. Filled with fear, compassion, and curiosity Joanah’s relationship with the young soldier Andrew unfolds.
Joanah is trying to folow the two paths of her heart. Will she make the right choice?
Perfect for readers ages 13-18 and adults who enjoy historical romances.
A classic tale of young love.