Saturday, January 23, 2016

Amanda's Secret

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of reading Jami Borek's charming Amanda's Secret: A Colonel Girl's Story.  The story follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Amanda Lambertson who lives with her parents on a plantation outside of Williamsburg, Virginia in the early 1770s.  Amanda is excited that she is attending her first ball, as she rarely gets a chance to socialize outside of her close-knit plantation.  But her excitement is dampened by the odd remarks of her new servant Jane who starts to hint that Amanda is not a "lady" after all.  These remarks sets off a series of events that causes Amanda to learn the truth about her past and her family.

A delightful story for the young and the young at heart.  Amanda is a winning heroine and Jami Borek should be applauded for creating a hiss worthy villain in the character of Jane.  Jami Borek tale is illustrated with charming photographs textured to look like illustrations in a vain similar to the classic American Girl books.  I was pleased that the clothing of the characters was authentic.  I was enchanted by the story.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Amanda's Secret is available on Amazon

Visit Jami Borek at Shrewsbury Press

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