The struggles, hardship, and joy of one woman's life on a Maine island are brought to life in this haunting and enduringly popular trilogy, the first three books of the Bennett's Island series. Elisabeth Ogilvie tells the story of Joanna Bennett and her colorful life on Bennett's Island with a sensitivity and truthfulness born of her own early years on isolated Criehaven,The struggles, hardship, and joy of one woman's life on a Maine island are brought to life in this haunting and enduringly popular trilogy, the first three books of the Bennett's Island series. Elisabeth Ogilvie tells the story of Joanna Bennett and her colorful life on Bennett's Island with a sensitivity and truthfulness born of her own early years on isolated Criehaven, the real Bennett's Island....
|Number of Pages||:||350 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Storm Tide Reviews
Wonderful writing! Such well-drawn characters with emotional depth, superb descriptions and sense of place.
Scarlett O'Hara and Joanna Bennett...for some reason I was scudding back and forth between them as I read Ogilvie's second in the trilogy. Pride, a deep sense of the meaning in and of place, family ties, maintaining competing relationships inwardly and outwardly, and learning to love in a deeper way that matters, perhaps too late, but hopefully not.I was glad to see Joanna unfold as a more complete person; I didn't see her as simply bowing to male dominance, but rather learning when to speak and when not to. Her sense of desperation and coming to fullness after the breaking storm with Nils Sorenson, as well as her acceptance of the fact that she can't "be the boss" of everyone and everything just because she has such a deep love for the Island are very moving.Ogilvie was quite the perceptive writer in the 1940s when considering women's issues, the "battle of the sexes," hardy child rearing, gender roles, healthy food, and all sorts of other things. I sure do applaud that.
Let's get this out of the way first: a good deal of the subtext (and some just plain text) is about a woman learning her place. As in: yes, Joanna, the lead character learns how to be a good little woman and submit to her man. Okay, fine, yes. BUT, for me, it was more about Joanna relearning how to love. I sometimes struggle with second books in a trilogy, as they frequently feel like filler. This doesn't have much action, but it deepens our knowledge of the characters in a really wonderful way.And it is a really beautiful love story.
The second in the Bennett's Island series. The series takes place on an island off the coast of Maine. This book is set just before WWII, the time period in which it was written. The books are notable for their lush descriptions of the natural beauty of Maine, and for their evocation of the life of lobstering families.
Book two of this series, and loved it as much as the first! Second time reading these; first was about 30 years ago. I was afraid I wouldn't "relate" this time around; sometimes when you reread a book that you once loved, you wonder why. Not with this author! She was terrific at making you see the setting and feel the emotions of the characters that she writes about.
One of my all-time favorite series!
I loved all the books about Bennert's Island. I would so love to live there except I am allergic to shellfish
Preparation for my Maine trip. Loved this series.
A nice story. Can understand the way the characters feel about their island off the coast of Maine.
2nd book in the series. Joanna comes back to Bennett Island, marries Nils & learns to love again.