Friday, October 6, 2017

"Jonas and Olivia" by Victoria Minks

About this book:

  “Fourteen-year-old Olivia Wilkerson is left desolate and grieving when her patriot father passes away. Directed by his will to be placed in the care of an old friend, Olivia is forced to venture away from all she’s ever known to make her new life among people who are strangers to her.
  Unaware of the new responsibility about to be thrust on him, Jonas Carmichael lives the life of a reclusive in an attempt to ignore the painful memories of the past. His heart has grown hard and bitter over the past thirty years of solitude, and his hatred towards people has only multiplied.
  Suddenly burdened with Olivia, Jonas’s only burning desire is to shove the girl off on somebody else. But Olivia, still suffering from her loss, is only looking for someone to love her as her father did--and soon realizes that there is more to Jonas than meets the eye.
  With the Revolutionary War pressing closer around Jonas’s secluded bubble of safety and threatening to burst it at any moment, Jonas discovers that there are choices to be made--choices that will not only affect himself but those around him as well.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Prayers & talking to God; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read, & talked about; Songs about God are sung; Some witnessing & discussing; Talks about God & faiths; Some ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of those & places from the Bible; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & other Christian books; Mentions of Baptists, churches, church going, & ministers; Mentions of hymns/songs & singing; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of angels; A few mentions of seeking out God & helping someone else; A few mentions of Christians & faiths.

Negative Content- A bit of eye rolling; Harsh words from Jonas to Olivia; Being scared in a storm, being sick, & passing out (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of wars, battles, fighting, & bloodshed; Mentions of prisons/jail, attempts on lives, being thrown stones at, & fires; Mentions of buildings ransacked & burned to the ground; Mentions of illnesses & deaths; Mentions of possible accidents, dying, & deaths; Mentions of hunting & shooting; Mentions of dead stuffed animals & animal bones (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of dead mice; Mentions of a tattoo; A few mentions of taverns; A few mentions of lies; A few mentions of killing chickens; A couple mentions of beatings; A couple mentions of the possibility of a dead kitten; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of someone being hung.

Sexual Content- N/A;
             *Note: A couple mentions of a mother of many that doesn’t show any signs of stopping having children A couple mentions of babies that died.

-Jonas Carmichael
-Olivia Wilkerson, age 14
                                P.O.V. switches between them & others
                                              Set in the 1770s
                                                        226 pages

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My personal Rating-
You know, this was really sweet. It was lighter than most reads and no romance at all (a positive thing!), but still had a good story in its own way!
Character wise: Olivia is so positive, I love it. She reminded me a bit of Elsie from the Elsie Dinsmore series, but I liked Olivia much better! ;) I honestly just want to grab Jonas’ ear at some points and make him be nicer to Olivia. I’ll admit that there were quite a few comments that I smirked over, though. There was some head jumping/narration parts and some ‘whatever’s that felt out of place for the time period, but overall it was a really cute and sweet read who’s ending I liked. :)  

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.

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