Rave Reviews Log: Historical Fiction

October 24, 2006

The Sherwood Ring

By Elizabeth Marie Pope
Period: American Revolution
Rating: 3 3/4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

On his deathbed, Peggy Grahame's father tells her that she is to be sent to the family estate of Rest-and-be-thankful in New York state and into the care of her Uncle Enos. And, by the way, many of the Grahame family can see the ghosts of their ancestors. Well, Peggy arrives at the manor and ghosts immediately begin appearing to her. Specifically, the ghosts of Richard, his sister Barbara, Richard's wife Eleanor, and the bandit Peaceable Sherwood. Through the ghosts, Peggy learns of the time of the American Revolution and how Richard is assigned to capture Peaceable and the clever way that Peaceable slips through their fingers. She also learns about the romances between Richard and Eleanor and Barbara and Peaceable. What the ghosts are telling her happens to correspond with some events going on in Peggy's current life, and she finds their visits are to guide her. Peggy becomes fascinated with the past, but it also helps her to deal with the present. This is a fascinating story, with just a touch of romance. The characters are all clever and interesting, and it is easy to become involved in the stories, both past and present. If you like historical fiction stories, this one is a winner.


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