Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Just Jane by William Lavender
Lavender. William. 2002. JUST JANE.
Lady Jane is coming to America. As an orphan--even a wealthy orphan--she is a fourteen year old in need of a guardian. In America she has family aplenty...they just might not be speaking to each other. You see, the year is 1776, and her family is torn apart by all this talk of war and rebellion. Her aunt and uncle, Robert and Clarissa are Loyalists. They are English and will remain so no matter how many years they have lived in America. Her other aunt and uncle, Harriet and Arthur have Patriotic leanings. As the novel begins, they are fighting for neutrality as long as possible...wanting to remain in touch with all family members despite their political leanings. But when forced to choose, they’re American. Cousin Brandon, Loyalist. Cousin Hugh, Patriot. Jane’s new life is full of new sights and sounds and quite a few arguments. Not knowing what to think about any of this mess, she finds comfort and joy in friendship with a schoolteacher, Simon Cordwyn. The war--when it comes--is long and full of uncertainties. Jane matures from a schoolgirl into a woman who can decide for herself what to believe and how to act. Just Jane is her struggle to find out who she is...and what she believes about life, love, and war.