Hearts of Iron

Hearts of Iron

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by Kathleen Benner Duble
     
 

Jesse is a dreamer.
At fourteen he's already thinking about his future, and the excitement of Navy life is calling him.

Lucy is just the opposite.
She can't imagine ever leaving her beloved mountainside community or saying good-bye to those she cares about.

But despite their desires, these two best friends know that their futures have been decided

Overview

Jesse is a dreamer.
At fourteen he's already thinking about his future, and the excitement of Navy life is calling him.

Lucy is just the opposite.
She can't imagine ever leaving her beloved mountainside community or saying good-bye to those she cares about.

But despite their desires, these two best friends know that their futures have been decided for them. The year is 1820, and Jesse's parents expect him to continue in the family tradition of working at the forge on the mountain, while Lucy's father expects her to marry someone outside their community and find a better, more sophisticated life somewhere else. So what happens when family expectations clash with what's in a teenager's heart? Is it possible to find a balance between one's destiny and one's dreams — or must these two friends risk everything to create their own path to happiness?

Hearts of Iron is a moving novel about family, friendship, the power of love, and the few precious opportunities we're given to set the course of our life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The small hamlet of Mount Riga, Connecticut, relies upon its iron forge for existence. It is 1820 and the seasonal forge work that occupies most of the men of Mount Riga is about to commence. For Lucy Pettee this is a time of bitter sweetness. Her lifelong friend and companion, Jesse Rossetter, has begun working at the forge. Jesse hates this labor and dreams of running off to join the navy. Lucy's father, the local shopkeeper, wants a better life for his daughter than one in the mountains. He sends away for a young acquaintance to come and court his daughter with an eye toward her relocating to Boston. But Lucy thinks she loves Jesse and feels guilt whenever her attention is drawn to the stranger from Boston. Faced with the confusion of young love and divided loyalties, Lucy must make drastic choices. These choices, and those of people she cares about, change her life in ways she could hardly imagine. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful New England mountain country, this title tells a believable story of adolescent love in a long gone day and age. This historical novel combines believable characters, a well-paced story, and an eye for the customs of a distant time. In telling the story of Lucy Pettee and her neighbors, Kathleen Benner Duble has shown both an eye for historical authenticity as well as a compassionate writer's heart.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Lucy Pettee, 14, is getting too old to swim with her pal Jesse in just her under-shift, but she feels she is too young to consider marrying a proper suitor her father might choose from Boston. Her father runs a profitable store on the iron forgers' mountain of Mt. Riga, CT, in the early 19th century. While Jesse longs to escape the mountain and its brutal forge that has burned and disfigured his brother, Lucy loves its spectacular meadows and lakes. Then, Samuel Lernley appears on the scene to learn shopkeeping from Mr. Pettee and to take a look at Lucy as a possible wife. The teen is thrust into a love triangle when she realizes that she has feelings for both Jesse and Mr. Lernley. Well-written historical fiction with a unique setting and a touch of mystery, Lucy's story will both inform and entertain readers.-Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As she did in The Sacrifice (2005), about the Salem witch trials, Duble examines the dynamics of outsiders and insiders, outcasts and dreamers, in a tight-knit community. Here, it's 1820 in a Connecticut mountain community dependent on their ironworks. The original workers came from Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Sweden, the families stayed and each generation worked the furnace. Now, 15-year-old Jess dreams of a life off the mountain but is torn between his need to leave and his love for Lucy. And she must choose between her love for Jess and her father's wish for her to marry better and move to Boston. Though the story tends toward melodrama, and the ironworks feels like an underdeveloped character, the tangle of human affairs makes for a satisfying tale of home, community and the nature of love. (author's note, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416908500
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
10/24/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Benner Duble is the author of such books as Hearts of Iron, The Sacrifice, Bridging Beyond, and Pilot Mom. She lives in Boxford, Massachusetts with her family. You can visit her online at www.kathleenduble.com.

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Hearts of Iron 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GreekCowgirl More than 1 year ago
A tale of two childhood friends, on wants to run away the other can never imagine leaving her beautiful mountain, until her father wants her to get married. A new man from the city comes on her fathers will she is torn between waiting for Jesse, the boy who wants to run away . Or the city boy. The tale will enthrall you from the first page the end might not be what you expect.