The Bride's Farewell

The Bride's Farewell

Book - 2009
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A young woman runs away from home and finds love in the most unexpected place

In Meg Rosoff's fourth novel, a young woman in 1850s rural England runs away from home on horseback the day she's to marry her childhood sweetheart. Pell is from a poor preacher's family and she's watched her mother suffer for years under the burden of caring for an ever-increasing number of children. Pell yearns to escape the inevitable repetition of such a life.

She understands horses better than people and sets off for Salisbury Fair, where horse trading takes place, in the hope of finding work and buying herself some time. But as she rides farther away from home, Pell's feelings for her parents, her siblings, and her fiancé surprise her with their strength and alter the course of her travels. And her journey leads her to find love where she least expects it.

Rosoff's magical voice and her novel's ethereal setting will thrill her passionate longtime fans and garner her new ones.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670020997
0670020990
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm

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Barbara5060 Apr 25, 2012

my new FAVORITE BOOK.
young woman who wants more leaves home; challenges include finding shelter and food and employment; later in book she returns home to discover her leaving has had devastating consequences, but she does what she can to resolve what she can and to heal. We sometimes forget that our choices can have unanticipated consequences, tho not usually as drastic as in this story. Gritty young woman.

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goofy
Feb 21, 2012

This novel is a mix of Pride and Prejuice and Tess of the d'urbervilles. It is a book about loss, love, horses, family and outsiders. But mostly it is a book about the exploration of self and the cost one must pay in order to find who he or she truly is. I adored the heroine of the novel and often wondered what her next step would be as changes in her transformed it completely.

VeeMac Nov 26, 2011

Meg Rosoff's writing shines. A strange story - part fairy tale, part romance. Will probably appeal most to older teens or adults.

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ruwinz
Jan 15, 2011

Another great YA Meg Rosoff book

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