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Betty at Fort Blizzard   By: (1860-1916)

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Betty at Fort Blizzard by Molly Elliot Seawell is a captivating historical fiction novel that delves into the life of a tenacious young girl growing up in the midst of the American Civil War. Set in the harsh winter months at a Union fort, the book follows Betty, a resourceful and spirited protagonist who finds herself entangled in a web of danger and intrigue.

Seawell's writing style is engaging and draws the reader in from the very first page. Through her vivid descriptions, I was transported back in time to the unforgiving landscape of Fort Blizzard. The author skillfully captures the essence of the era, capturing the challenges and hardships faced by soldiers and civilians alike.

One of the strongest aspects of Betty at Fort Blizzard is the character development. Betty is a delightful and relatable protagonist, displaying courage and resilience beyond her years. She defies societal norms and unapologetically fights for what she believes in. Surrounding Betty are a host of other well-rounded characters, each with their own depth and motivations. Their interactions allow for compelling subplots that add richness to the overall narrative.

The plot itself is well-paced, with the tension building steadily as Betty uncovers dangerous secrets and faces life-threatening situations. Seawell masterfully creates a sense of suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout. Moreover, the intertwining themes of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice are thoughtfully explored, adding emotional depth to the story.

While the book focuses primarily on a young audience, it offers insights and lessons for readers of all ages. The historically accurate backdrop allows for a greater understanding of the Civil War period, and the various ethical dilemmas confronted by the characters prompt reflection on personal values and choices.

However, there were moments when the narrative felt slightly rushed, especially toward the climax. Certain aspects could have been further expanded upon to create a more immersive experience. Nonetheless, this did not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Betty at Fort Blizzard is a captivating and well-written historical fiction novel that immerses readers in a bygone era. Seawell's masterful storytelling, strong character development, and exploration of moral dilemmas make it a compelling read for both young adults and adults alike. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a thrilling tale of adventure and resilience set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

First Page:

BETTY AT FORT BLIZZARD

by

MOLLY ELLIOT SEAWELL

Author of "Betty's Virginia Christmas," "Papa Bouchard," "The Jugglers," "Little Jarvis," Etc.

With Illustrations in Color and from Pen Drawings by Edmund Frederick

[Frontispiece: Anita walked down the stairs and came face to face with Broussard and Mrs. Lawrence. (missing from book)]

Philadelphia & London J. B. Lippincott Company 1916 Copyright, 1916, by John Wanamaker Book News Monthly Under title "Colonel Fortescue's Betty" Copyright, 1916, by J. B. Lippincott Company Published September, 1916 Reprinted October 20, 1916

TO

ELEANOR T. WOOD

THE GENTLE LADY

WHOSE PATH THROUGH LIFE IS RADIANT

WITH GOOD DEEDS

THIS BOOK IS INSCRIBED

BY

THE AUTHOR

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. "MISS BETTY" IN A NEW RÔLE II. A PRETTY MAID AND A GAMECHICK III. THE HEART OF A MAID IV. "GOOD BYE, SWEETHEART, GOOD BYE" V. UNFORGETTING VI. SOME LETTERS AND KETTLE'S ENLISTMENT VII. THE PLEADING EYES OF WOMEN VIII. LOVE, THE CONQUEROR IX. THE REVEILLE

ILLUSTRATIONS

IN COLOR

Anita Walked Down the Stairs and Came Face to Face with Broussard and Mrs. Lawrence . . . . . . Frontispiece

Broussard Lifted Gamechick by the Bridle and the Next Moment Cleared Both Mare and Girl

The Last Glimpse Broussard Had of Anita Was, As She Stood, Her Arm About Gamechick's Neck

"This Was Enclosed in a Letter to Me From Mr... Continue reading book >>




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