Friday, May 31, 2019

"Lydia the Patriot" by Susan Martins Miller

About this book:

  “Tensions simmer in 1765 Boston, home to twelve-year-old Lizzie Murray. Residents of the city are dividing over loyalty to England-and the divisions strike within Lizzie's own family, as her brother and father often find themselves at odds. When a mob wounds a young British soldier, Lizzie chooses to help the frightened Redcoat-a move that brings even more trouble to her life. Where is God in the emotional upheaval afflicting the colonies? Can Lizzie overcome the fear that weighs on her soul? Written especially for eight- to twelve-year-old girls, this story teaches important lessons of American history and the Christian faith.”

Series: Book #5 in the “Sisters in Time” series. Reviews of #1, #2, #3, and #4 Here!

Spiritual Content- A Scriptures is mentioned; Talks about God & right and wrong; Mentions of God; Mentions of churches, church going, & sermons; A couple mentions of prayers & praying; A mention of the Bible.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘dumb’s and two ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; Lydia taunts & calls the British soldiers names (she also throws a snowball at him; Stephen doesn’t like her doing any of it, but Lydia is more than a bit bratty and says it’s “what is right”); Being hit, unconscious, & in pain (barely-above-not-detailed); All about many mentions of murders/the Boston Massacre, deaths, beatings, injuries, blood/bleeding, weapons, shooting, & gunfire (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of gangs/mobs, riots/violence, fires, & threats; Mentions of people hoping that a group will get hanged (referring to the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre who were are not actually hung); Mentions of crimes & jails/prisons; Mentions of  lies & lying; Mentions of hatred & prejudice; A few mentions of an accident & death (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of a dream about a kitten nearly getting hurt & wolves being scary; A couple mentions of bleeding someone for an illness; A couple mentions of gossip & rumors; A mention of taverns.

Sexual Content-
             *Note: Mentions of a woman giving birth (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of infants who passed away young in historical times; A mention of a wife who died giving birth.

-Stephen Lankford, age 10
                                P.O.V. of Stephen
                                           Set in 1775
                                                        140 pages

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My personal Rating-
First things first, this book isn’t in Lydia’s point of view at all. The cover, title, and back-cover are completely misleading and give the vibe that Lydia is considerate towards her family who have deferring opinions than her. That wasn’t the case at all with her being more of a brat and the book being in Stephen, her little brother’s point of view. Lydia needed to learn that you can be patriotic for your country, but also be polite and understanding to others. We do not see her truly learn this lesson at all in this book and while I liked Stephen, I was pretty disappointed in this book. (Note: While none of these books in this series are connected that I know of, there is a part in this book mentioned that is very similar to the prior book, but I cannot see where these books are connected. Might cause a bit of confusion for those reading the series in order.)

See y’all on Friday 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.

1 comment:

  1. That's funny, I literally just finished reading this book from the library