It’s the third and possibly last week of the series “Re-Reading Childhood Favorites” and I thought I’d end it all with a stand-alone novel focused more on character than on big action and fantasy elements. This easily became one of my favorite books when I was assigned it as a required reading assignment. I now return to it on a tri-monthly basis.
There’s no place like home, though for Kit Tyler home is undefined. With her grandfather’s recent death still fresh, she boards a ship to escape to the New World where the king’s colonies lie. Here she hopes she may start again in Wethersfield, Connecticut, though she has never met the family that awaits her there. But her dreams are soon met with a bitter reality as she realizes what an intolerant place this new country is. Here she is met with disapproval for her love of reading, her standing as an unmarried woman, and most shocking of all – her ability to swim! Though Nat, the captain’s son, advises her to make herself as meek and unnoticeable as possible, Kit Tyler is her grandfather’s granddaughter throughout. Though her family is kind, Kit knows she’s an outsider, especially when she tries to befriend innocent Quaker, Hannah Tupper and the abused child, Prudence Cuff. And when autumn strikes especially hard in Wethersfield, Kit’s poor standing with the town may be on the verge of sending her away – forever.
This book is wrapped around a story of family. Though there is the larger plot of Kit’s being accused of witchcraft, the main throughline focuses on her relationships with the people who surround her. Beautiful Judith, sweet Mercy, her aunt and uncle, kind Hannah Tupper, and teasing Nat. I absolutely recommend this read.