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Susannah (Sunfire) Paperback – Apr 1984

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
She's not Scarlett... and that's a good thing! 17 April 2003
By Karen Y. Peck - Published on
Format: Paperback
Despite the image on the back cover, Susannah isn't Scarlett. She's a resiliant, strong girl who doesn't wallow in melodrama. War is not romanticized in this book - not only is the loss of life unflinchingly told, but the terrible price that those on the homefront faced - poverty, starvation, and a generally unsettled life. But this isn't a grim story, because of the romance between Susannah and Caine, a Union soldier, offers such hope and promise. When I was fifteen I was half in love with Caine myself... the ending is a compromise and feels realisitic - Susannah realizes that the home of her childhood is gone forever. A moving story of the Civil War, a wonderful romance, all told in Ransom's usual descriptive style. Ms. Ransom, I believe, makes her home in Virginia, and her love for the area is reflected in Susannah.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Susannah 2 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to say that i really enjoyed reading this book. Susannah is the tale of love during a time of war. She not only watches the battles on the field, but also must face the battle in her heart. Caine is just what every woman wants :) Its too bad this story is out of print, if you get a hold of a copy keep it. Share it with your daughters, your friends, any woman who loves a story about love, war and being swept off of her feet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Sunfire! 17 Feb. 2000
By "foxydana" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first read this book about 14 years ago, when I was in junior high. I don't know what inspired me to search for it on Amazon, but here I am. This was the first Sunfire book I read, and my favorite. Susannah, with her strength and courage, was a great heroine and role model for young women, and the book gives a fairly balanced portrayal of both sides of the Civil War (considering it is written from the point of view of a Southern girl). I still haven't found a real guy as great as Caine Harding, but that's why they call it fiction. My sister and I read all of the Sunfire books when we were teenagers. In addition to being very entertaining, they introduced us to many historical events and periods. From "Rachel", I learned of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Over 10 years before Leo and Kate set sail on the Titanic, I was introduced to the story in "Nicole". It's a shame this series is out-of-print, because I believe it was a wonderful way to get young women interested in history. It may sound silly, but it worked for my sister and I. These books personalized history and made it come alive: I would often want to learn more about a certain period after reading a Sunfire, and thus gained a great love for history.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good read.... 23 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the other reviewers...just a great book! It presents a realistic view of the tragedy of the Civil War, while also telling a wonderful love story. I am sorry to read that this whole series is now out of print. When I first read this book 15 years ago, it inspired me to learn more about the Civil War, and the other novels in the Sunfire collection also made me aware of other important historical events. I love this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very good book! 6 May 2006
By Jeanne Hall - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember seeing this book in the back of my french class back in 8th grade. Someone had left it there so I had to pick it up. Looking at the cover, I didn't think I was going to like it because romance novels aren't my type of things, but as I read it, I grew to love it. Throughout high school, I checked it out at least ten times if not more. It made me want to read more of the Sunfires. ( I now own 14 of the books and am still collecting the whole series! )

Since I am a history and Civil War buff, I was glad to see that the book was true to the historical time period especially with how things were in the South compared to the North. Susannah is a girl I wish I could be. She's strong and has a lot of character strength, especially when she is faced with all the hardships she is faced with. I always read this book when I feel down in the dumps. Even at the age of 19, I enjoy this story just as much as I did the first time I picked it up, literally.
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