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05:24 pm: Marilee by Mary Francis Shura
I don't normally read YA Romance, but my friend Cally found this and gave it to me because, well, it's a book about a girl with my name (I'm reasonably sure there were no women named "Marilee" in the 1620s). This is part of Scholastic's Sunfire series which was published in the mid-1980s where each book is named after the female protagonist. Their blurb says they put young women in the middle of every important event in US history; this one is about a wealthy English orphan who emigrates to Jamestown, Virginia, to be with her brother and his vicious wife.

Yes, she has heartache, she has oppression, but she always does the right thing.

There are a lot of planters who want to marry her for her money and land, but she wants to marry someone she loves. There are three possibles -- she has a deep friendship with one but no romance, another is handsome and well-dressed but also malicious and self-centered, and the third porridge was just right, er, the third loves her for herself.

As is the nature of this type of book, she finds her true love and ends up fairly happy. The big event is when the Indians attacked the fort and there is death and disaster.

I googled for the author and that led me to a website that is written by someone who really likes all the Sunfire books. Apparently they're quite collectible now. I'm keeping this one, after all, it does have my name on it.

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From:kgbooklog
Date:February 25th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
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When I was young, my parents bought me Christine Nostlinger's Konrad for that reason (since it's so rare to see my name spelled correctly). Turned out to be a really good book (at least I thought so at the time), about an artificially created kid accidentally mailed to the wrong home.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 25th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
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At least yours sounds like SF! The book wasn't bad, just very formulaic, and I don't normally read romance.
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