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At last she has her chance. Without her papa's permission, Eleanor leaves home to live with her aunt and uncle in nearby New Bern. As she discovers the satisfactions of higher education, Eleanor also attracts the attentions of a handsome Italian immigrant boy and a prominent doctor's son. While spending her teenage years in New Bern, Eleanor begins to realize how valuable love and family are in her struggle for self-reliance.
Set against the exhilarating backdrop of 1910s America, this engaging novel vividly portrays one girl's search for identity and independence.
In the early years of the twentieth century, inspired by a free-thinking teacher and determined not to get married and stay trapped in her North Carolina fishing village, teenage Eleanor sets out to seek her chosen path of living as an independent woman.
SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)
|Part 1||Atlantic Grove|
|Sand Crabs and Suffragettes||3|
|Anywhere but Here||12|
|Miss Rosalie Cuts Her Hair||25|
|A Car Crosses the Water||34|
|Eleanor Disobeys Papa||47|
|The Things Nobody Talked About||58|
|Lila's Wedding Day||68|
|Part 2||New Bern|
|Eleanor's New Life||103|
|Ray Hamilton's Party||117|
|Nothing but a Good Name||143|
|Lost in the Storm||155|
|Part 3||California and Beyond|
|A Visitor from Atlantic Grove||167|
|Going to California||177|
|The Land of Milk and Honey||188|
|Miss Rosalie's New Life||209|
|Back to New Bern||222|
Posted August 16, 2003
Posted July 15, 2003
I don't see why anyone hasn't written a review for this book!!It is a wonderful story about a girl growing up in the early 20th century and finding out when it is necessary to be independent, and when it is necessary to be dependent on someone. Her father and sisters all live next to each other in a small city by the outer banks of North Carolina. Eleanor realizes how small their world is when her older brother, Frank comes to visit from Panama. He show her his new Model T, and tells her what it is like to be rich, and that he will now be travelling to California to make his fortune. Eleanor is in awe of him, and so are all of the other young girls in town. Eleanor decides to run away without her father's permission to stay with her Aunt and Uncle in the big city. While she is there her aunt jabbers about how Eleanor needs to find a proper beau...Eleanor blows that off as nonsense, saying she is studying to become an independent woman...that is until she meets Nick...the handsome Italian her Aunt refuses to let her meet. This story is wonderful (like i said before) and i recommend it to anyone who believes in first kisses, being independent, and in always loving, never forgetting your first family...even if they are a bit old fashioned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.