Born To Enormous Wealth, She Longed For Something That Money Couldn T Buy She Could Have Anything In The World She Wanted But The One She LovedAt The Turn Of The Century, Emily Blackburn Is A Wealthy New York Society Girl Who Has Everything A Girl Could Dream Of She Wears The Latest Parisian Fashions, And Is Escorted To Parties By The Adoring And Rich Worthington Bates But Amid The Social Whirl She Feels Empty And Restless When She Meets The Handsome Dr Stephen Reed, She Defies Her Parents And Volunteers At The Public Hospital Where He Works Helping There Fills Her Life With New Meaning, And Stephen Stirs Her Heart With Love But He Only Sees Her As A Spoiled Rich Girl Emily Must Prove That She Isn T Useless And Cares About Others, Most Of All, About Him This Sunfire is quite different from many in the series, in that the romance, while present, takes a firm backseat Instead, we get a great character study of a turn of the century New York society girl who years to find purpose in her life beyond parties and the latest fashions.
Emily Blackburn is 16 years old, and while her mother is intent on turning her into yet another well dressed and behaved debutante, Emily has other ideas A chance meeting with medical student Stephen Reed first fires her interest in him, and then the selfless realm of nursing at large Stephen s poor and proud, driven to be a doctor, and he thinks Emily is just a bored pest, but she s intent to prove he and her family wrong for thwarting her ambitions.
Emily was the first Sunfire heroine to really affect me, and the longer format was a good fit for Ransom Her Nicole suffered from being too short, and her long Sunfire Amanda suffered from a truly obnoxious and unsympathetic heroine Despite Emily s strengths, the ending seemed to be resolved a bit quickly to be believable So much opposition is worn away in the last couple pages But that s a small gripe compared to a great story of two people, one trapped by poverty and the other trapped by wealth, and the theme of the end of the century meaning a chance at new life and purpose.
I discovered the Sunfire Classics back in middle school working in the library and with them discovered the joys of romance novels And yet, I only loved a select few of these books.
Emily is my all time favorite of all the girls that I encountered I think part of that is because she rebells against her parents to do what she wants to do something that was close to my heart in my teenage age but also because what she wants to do is help people via nursing The man that she falls for is a doctor, but he thinks that she is spoiled and wealthy and doesn t understand what it is to come from his background But Emily keeps trying, and in the meantime her parents manage to convey their disapproval upon her as well By this time Emily is about ready to give up, but her persistence and idea of right and wrong see her through to her happily ever after.
And if I ever find a copy of this book I am so buying it I really want to give this three and a half stars, but I can t figure out how to do that here, ha.
My youth romances growing up were Janette Okes and other things you could find in the local Logos bookstore I can t lie, I really enjoyed them even though they were not Grate Literchur If I had been allowed to read secular youth romances, these would have been right up my alley Historical fiction with nice predictable plots and generally tame but warm hearted Life Lessons These seem to be like comfort food, not high quality comfort food, like those mashed potatoes that come in a box.
I mean, I am getting that all from this one book, but since this is the eleventh in the Sunfire series, I m pretty sure it s got the standard formula down.
Emily is a snotty turn of the 20th century brat who decides she is bored with her life and she wants to DO SOMETHING, so she does Her parents do not approve, of course While rebelling, she falls in love with a boy who is totally Wrong For Her Of course For the rest of the book, she is at war with her parents and her HORRIBLY UNHELPFUL EMOTIONS There s also a fake love triangle thrown in there, and an irredeemable cousin whom I wanted to smack probably a dozen times Oh, also, the cover art SUCKS and reminds me of those little figures that come with cheap Christmas Village sets.
Needless to say, I will be seeking out Sunfires.
This turn of the century Sunfire romance is the only one I genuinely remember disliking as a kid The rich girl going against her parents to work with the brusque doctor as a nurse in the local hospital never felt as exciting as some of the other plots Amanda Cassie were some of my favorites And not gonna lie, something about there being art sculptures in her family s sitting room made out of the hair of relatives was a bit weird I know I finished this book and she ended up with the doctor, but bleh Again a part of my reading rereading the Sunfires this summer I had not read this one before 3.
5 stars No love triangle this time There are no huge historical events in this one, but you get a good idea of Emily s life in NYC in this time period The wrapup is a bit quick, neat, and tidy, but still an interesting read.
This was my second favorite book in this series growing up, and I am not really sure why Poor Emily, she s rich and bored She has to go to fancy dress parties, and go shopping, and nobody even really objects when her favorite thing to do is fill her head with silly poetry But all that bores her to tears She cannot even figure out the inner workings of the kitchen in her 5th Avenue mansion when she gets the munchies in the middle of the night How dreadful Oh, to be in charge of your own density Girl, I have worked for a living and it ain t all that.
Her parents are unbelievably neglectful, in the way that gives one pause to say so actually what I m reading here is SCIENCE FICTION But instead of aliens showing up to infect everyone with viruses and blow stuff up, Emily s life is thrown into chaos when she meets young, brooding medical student Stephen Who is kind of a jerk and no, wait, this guy is a flat out Jerky McJerkerson A real a hole with a chip on his shoulder Wow Em, you really know how to pick em.
Can Emily convince the pod people that she should be allowed to study nursing and save lives Will Jerky ever get over himself and admit Emily is the one for him, only to realize in ten years that he was mad to marry a girl who doesn t have a clue how to cook Will time travelers show up and get Emily some Prozac already WHY I GIVE THIS THREE STARS I don t know Nostalgia, I guess I cannot bring myself to give it less than that Emily is really airheaded but in typical Ransom heroine gusto, she sets her mind to something and refuses to give up, no matter how ridiculous the prospects are or how demeaning the path is Like all Sunfires, the historical aspect is related in a very entertaining way especially for the frequently overlooked Gibson Girl era OMG CARS IT IS SCIENCE FICTION The third person in the triangle, Emily s childhood friend Worth, is a decent bloke and a surprising voice of reason in this whole debacle.
And, on page 181, there is flouncing There just ain t enough flouncing in literchure today That s a whole star right there I am rating this book five stars because my sister and I are spending New Year s Eve reading aloud the descriptions of romance novels in dramatic voices This one is a winner I read this in high school It was all my romantic dreams come true.