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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer L. Holm Narrator: Jessalyn Gilsig Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Boston Jane Trilogy Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780807210109
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Fresh from Miss Hepplewhite’s Young Ladies’ Academy, sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has come to the unknown wilds of the Northwest to be wedded to her true love, William Baldt, her idol from childhood. But her socially correct upbringing in straitlaced Philadelphia is hardly preparation for the colorful characters and crude life that await her in Shoal Water Bay in the Washington Territory. Thrown upon her wits in the wild, Jane learns not only to cope, but to thrive—and to discover for herself whether she is truly proper Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia, faultless young lady and fiancée, or Boston Jane, as the Chinook dub her, fearless and loyal woman of the frontier.

Drawn from historical material of the region, Boston Jane is a rich potpourri of adventure, humor, romance, and suspense, featuring a dashing new heroine who will win readers’ hearts as she discovers the true desires of her own.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/15/2014

    " Completely unrealistic, but at the same time very good. I liked how the main character grew through hardship, and how the author included a lot of historical details. It's probably the pregnancy hormones, but I cried a lot in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel M. | 2/9/2014

    " I first read this series when I was in 8th grade, so it's interesting for me to reread it 7 years later as a junior in college. I defintely enjoyed this book more as an 8th grader because the plot is aimed at a younger audience. As I read it now, I am struck by the implausibility of some of the happenings. However, I still like this book-it is well-written and historically accurate. I also like the way the author uses different chapter titles from an etiqutte book that is discussed in the novel as actual chapter titles in the book...and the best part is that the chapter titles actually relate to what's happening in the chapter! How cool is that? It's almost as if Holm based the happenings in each chapter around the etiqutte chapter titles to show how etiqutte rules fly out the window in light of the wildness of the American frontier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/26/2014

    " I just finished the first book in this series and what a cute, fun book! I'm excited to read the others. I love the main character and narrator Jane, she reminded me a little of Anne Shirley. Thanks for the recommendation Angie-loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/25/2014

    " I totally read through this book very quickly, and am planning to read the other two books in the trilogy. It is not only a good historical read, based on historical records, but it is a book to draw you into the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 1/22/2014

    " Very enjoyable, young adult historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2014

    " Yet another five-star book from Jennifer Holm. I only wish she didn't beat her main characters up so much! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sparky | 1/13/2014

    " Wanted to read this since we'd been to the location of the story. But it wasn't worth continuing to read the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/9/2013

    " haha, I loved this trilogy when I was in middle school... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 10/28/2013

    " An interesting/accurately disgusting young adult book about settlers on the American Pacific North West. I believe this is one of a series, but it wasn't interesting enough for me to read any of the other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckenzie | 10/6/2013

    " I already read it once when I was in school. and it was great!!!!! if you like a little history, with some small romance, and good adventure then you will love this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 9/18/2013

    " For 10 yrs +. I sped through this book so fast and couldn't wait to get the sequel. A very fun YA historical novel. Some things do not come across terribly realistic, but for the most part it is. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 9/18/2013

    " This book was kind of annoying, Jane trying to be a ladyand all, Imean,no dancing, that was supposed to be a requirement. And no talking, GAH. Oh well, it was a pretty good bookanyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/9/2013

    " This was such a fun book-definitely I would recommend to anyone. Jennifer Holm crafted a great story with a believable heroine that faces challenges and the paradox created by her very proper education at a ladies academy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/10/2013

    " This one was definitely my favorite out of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/14/2013

    " i loved this book i like how jane finds who she is and who she loves "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 3/19/2013

    " Begins with some classic bullying that hooks student readers, then delves into a westward expansion theme that deals with all kinds of issues. Love the cultural misunderstandings & depth Holm weaves in. Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/1/2012

    " I also read this over the summer thanks to my mom. It was really fun to read, but there were some weird parts.. Over all, I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muff | 9/10/2012

    " Using the advice of miss hepplewhite's favorite text, a book about etiquette for young ladies, Jane successfully copes with the hardscrabble life of the Washington State frontier. If you are looking for a spunky heroine, Jane's your gal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlotta | 8/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. Fun, easy reads! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 5/29/2012

    " Jane has to learn some hard lessons about life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/8/2011

    " This is a really good book. Not confusing and very emotional. Boston Jane is about a girl that travels to the frontier to marry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni-Lynn Snider | 10/31/2011

    " Love the Boston Jane trilogy. Have read this series at least three times. Recommended it to some 6th grade girls in my library and they just didn't appreciate it. But hey, with age comes wisdom. A great historical fiction read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peachy | 9/25/2011

    " Not great in my view, but good writing, a character you care about even if you can't always admire her choices, and realistic growth through contrived circumstances. I will keep this book around for the adventure aspect, the geography, history, and the consequences of poorly thought out choices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaianne | 9/15/2011

    " With every chapter I always got surprised. The classes, the voyage, betrayal, a love triangle, and death? Well, I certainly wasn't expecting that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 8/23/2011

    " This book (the first of three) is for tweens/teens, but I enjoyed reading it. The historical context is rich and interesting, the characters are great and the writing is quite engaging, often funny. I ended up reading all three books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 6/12/2011

    " loved all the books you have written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/24/2011

    " The start of a very sweet series of books that are great for fans of the Pacific Northwest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 4/21/2011

    " How can you not like a story about a young lady shedding her finishing school decorum? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckenzie | 4/8/2011

    " I already read it once when I was in school. and it was great!!!!! if you like a little history, with some small romance, and good adventure then you will love this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 4/4/2011

    " Wish this story had been around when I was a girl. How great to find out that it is a series!
    Tomboy Jane is humiliated into behaving like a "lady", only to find out the hard way that it is
    her tomboy skills that are most valuable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/25/2011

    " Not the best book ever, but a light fun read. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaianne | 1/7/2011

    " With every chapter I always got surprised. The classes, the voyage, betrayal, a love triangle, and death? Well, I certainly wasn't expecting that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/6/2011

    " I found this book on the monthly feature shelf. (It was spotlighting books set in Washington.) Looked fun, so I gave it a try. I loved it! It's clean and entertaining. Elements were slightly predictable, but I can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 10/22/2010

    " A delightful piece of young adult historical fiction. The story of a girl who tries to be something she's not and in the end discovers it's enough to be herself. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/21/2010

    " This is a wonderful great book!!!!!!!!! I love it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dame | 10/4/2010

    " I more than throughly enjoyed this book. It was a fun realistic adventure that I could not put down. I highly recommend this book. hint: it's a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 9/17/2010

    " Really a cute book. Definitely written for a young adult audience, but sometimes those are the best books! I'm excited to read the next book in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 8/18/2010

    " I see that it is part of a series; so maybe I'll check them out. Pioneer experiences. If I hadn't read SO MANY of this type since I was a young adult, or if I were still a young adult I may have rated it higher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 8/11/2010

    " Very interesting book my daughter found, looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/9/2010

    " Definitely a book for youth. Predictable ending, but well written and worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/7/2010

    " This book started out a little slow but once it got going it was very good. I particularly liked the budding romance between Jehu (Scudder) and Jane (Peck). The background on the Pacific Northwest, Chinook Indians, and frontier life was interesting and believable. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer L. HolmJennifer L. Holm is the grandniece of Alice Amelia Holm, a Finnish-American girl born on the Nasel River in Washington state during the nineteenth century. The recent discovery of her grandaunt’s diary and her ancestors’ adventures in the Pacific Northwest inspired the character of May Amelia. Ms. Holm also wrote the Newbery Honor book Penny From Heaven, which is available on audio from Listening Library.