Ann of the Wild Rose Inn, 1777

Ann of the Wild Rose Inn, 1777

by Jennifer Armstrong
     
 

The dangers are terrifying for Ann MacKenzie and her twin brother, John, but both of them are willing to involve themselves in smuggling and other risky activities—anything to help their struggling country.

Marblehead, home to the Wild Rose Inn that's been in Ann's family since they first came to America nearly one hundred years ago, is no longer the

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Overview

The dangers are terrifying for Ann MacKenzie and her twin brother, John, but both of them are willing to involve themselves in smuggling and other risky activities—anything to help their struggling country.

Marblehead, home to the Wild Rose Inn that's been in Ann's family since they first came to America nearly one hundred years ago, is no longer the tranquil place it once was. Tensions have increased between England and the colonies, and the locals resent the presence of the British military.

Ann does, too, until she falls in love with a handsome, sensitive young man she meets along the shore—a stranger who turns out to be a British sailor. Loving the enemy is wrong, but Ann can't help herself. Where should her allegiance lie? With her family and country, or with the love of her life?

Editorial Reviews

Sheilamae O'Hara
This is the second story in a family saga about six generations of young women who grow up at the same inn. Bridie MacKenzie ("Bridie of the Wild Rose Inn" ) came from Scotland in 1695 to join her parents, who had founded the public house called the Wild Rose Inn in Marblehead. Now, some 80 years later, her grandniece Ann is committed to bedeviling the British by smuggling supplies past their blockade. Ann falls in love with Roger, a young Scot sailor, before she learns he is part of the hated British forces of occupation. She will earn the enmity of the town if their romance becomes known, but when he proves his love by saving her brother's life, she knows she is destined to love no other. Finally, Roger deserts ship, and he and Ann plan to leave Massachusetts to seek happiness elsewhere as Bridie did two generations earlier. The plot is contrived and the dialogue wooden, but the large audience demanding romance novels may like the story and possibly learn something about prerevolutionary America along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553298673
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Wild Rose Inn Series, #2
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.65(d)

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