The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

The Beloved Wild

Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. Her neighbor is Daniel Long, who runs his family's farm on his own after the death of his parents. Harriet's mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet isn't so sure she wants someone else to choose her path—in love and in life.When her brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him—disguised as a bo...

Details The Beloved Wild

TitleThe Beloved Wild
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Young Adult Historical Fiction

Reviews The Beloved Wild

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight First, I have no idea why I thought that this was a fantasy, but spoiler alert, it isn't. Oops? This is what happens when I don't read blurbs, but that is okay! I actually liked it better this way, so it's a win. Anyway. I found this to be an enjoyable and quick book! Most of my thoughts are positive, and as always, we'll start with thos...
  • Lisa
    A lovely historical look at farming and making your way in uncharted territory.PLUS, I do love some good "girl dresses up as a boy" action!
  • Barbara
    Harriet Winter is tired of the expectations for women in her small New Hampshire town. It is a female's role to cook, clean, sew, and bear children in 1807, and she chafes at the idea of submitting to her future husband and most likely dying in childbirth as was the case for her own mother. Although she likes Daniel Long, her intended husband, well enough, she also longs for freedom, independence, and adventure. After burning all bridges at home ...
  • Emma
    Grade: B-An ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Listen, I am always here for YA historical fiction. There needs to be more of it, in my opinion. So The Beloved Wild was definitely right up my alley.In a lot of ways, it didn't fit into what I normally expect from YA historical fic. In other ways it did, especially when Harriet disguised herself as a boy. Harriet didn't feel that unique to...
  • Stacey
    I will read ANYTHING you want to send my way that is set is pioneering times. I am obsessed with the books and true life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also love stories about the Oregon Trail. "The Beloved Wild" sounded right up my alley! This is the story of Harriet and her family. She is tired of all the chores that a woman is expected to do and annoyed by the things she can't be allowed to do as a girl. Her parents are pushing her to marry ...
  • Jennifer
    The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom is the story of Harriet Winter and how she doesn't want to become a wife that is used and abused and not cherished. She doesn't want to be sold off as livestock to the highest bidding husband. So she decides to strike out with her older brother while he starts his own farm. Harriet thinks this will be a wonderful adventure. Sadly, she finds out that life outside of her tiny little town might not be what she was ...
  • Allie
    I loved this book! The main character disguises herself as a boy to leave her home (and the whittling farmer her family presumes will become her husband) in New Hampshire and start a life as a pioneer in the Genesee Valley of New York. This switch created a slew of interesting, funny and odd situations. It also brought to mind many of the gender inequalities that still exist today. As a modern reader, I could definitely understand why she chose t...
  • Jarrett Lerner
    Gorgeously written, richly detailed, and equal parts fascinating, exciting, inspiring, and FUNNY. This is historical fiction at its very best: bringing the past vividly to life while making it resonate in the present.
  • Jen L.
    What a wonderful book!The Beloved Wild weaves a lovingly detailed appreciation for the natural world— & the methods & skills of an era where most things were handmade— around and between a compelling narrative of finding oneself while looking for escape. Recalling echos of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series in its depictions of how things were really made, the story transports you easily to a time when the amount of labor to just survive to...
  • LOURDES (ChaptersWeLove)
    Review to follow.
  • Kristy
    4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this. Progressive, feminist Laura Ingalls meets Elizabeth Bennett in this pioneer story.
  • Jeanette Caprino
    Just finished reading The Beloved Wild. Absolutely loved it. Wonderful story of a young girl facing the difficulties of growing up in an era when their lot in life was to only to serve. Harriet sets out with her brother disguised as a boy and was able to experience life building a new frontier. I loved the author’s sense of humor and how Harry/Freddy fell in love. I truly could not put this book down. Looking forward to more from Melissa Ostrom...
  • Laura
    Historical fiction is always a difficult sell to students, and this slice of life in New Hampshire/Western New York State is slow, deliberate and predictable, which may mean it's even less likely to get picked up. Having said that, the atmosphere and setting are wonderfully done - if readers can stick with it, they'll be rewarded. The comparisons to Pride and Prejudice aren't deserved, btw, but the idea that a first impression or opinion can be i...
  • Jessica
    *Formal Review To Come * I snapped this up for its comparison to Cold Mountain. I really liked Harriett, and the central ship of the book. Harriet's exploration of gender identity was interesting.
  • Bethany
    Harriet, or better known as Harry, is a strong, independent woman who wants more than just to be the person who's supposed to have children. Because of this, she pushes Daniel Long-a family friend-away because she doesn't want to "settle". Everyone expects them to marry, which only makes Harry fight it more.When Harry finds out her brother Gideon is traveling to claim some wild land to make it his own, she decides to go with him. Feeling adventur...
  • Teresa
    A great read that focuses on Harriet, a girl who is determined to forge her own path, no matter the cost in a time when that was unacceptable for girls. Can't wait to see where this series goes..Thanks to Macmillan for the ARC!
  • Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
    Originally posted on Undeniably Book Nerdy:Reading The Beloved Wild brought all kinds of nostalgic feelings for when I used to be obsessed with the Dear America series, many of which featured stories of pioneer life through the eyes of girls like Harriet, and The Little House on the Prairie books when I was in middle school. In any case, The Beloved Wild was a gem of a book--it's rare to find new books like it being published in YA these days and...
  • Elizabeth
    Quite the Novel Idea I love historical romances and Ostrom's The Beloved Wild has a Jane Austen vibe that I adore. Harriet is a strong character, she sees the unfairness of the way men treat women and she's vocal about it.  Too bad that back then (1800s?)  society was not ready for it.  I did love that through her adventure with her brother, she was able to find herself an...
  • Sandy
    4.5 starsI liked this novel more than I had originally anticipated. I enjoyed reading about the journey Harriett took with her brother and I really enjoyed reading about Harriett. Harriett is headstrong yet there is a soft side about her that she doesn’t let come out. Like many, she wants a voice and she wants to be loved but as a female she doesn’t want many of the labels that accompany this title. Harriett is making her own trail in this no...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Harry is a girl fed up with her prospects in life. Mr. Long—a fellow farmer not much older than her—has set his eyes on her, and he is D U L dull. While Harry loves her farm (and the seasons) and her family (from a distance), she's disgruntled that she can't inherit land and is expected to marry. After Mr. Long decides to court every other girl in town, Harry, in an attempt to ignore her growing not-feelings for the frustrating boy, decides t...
  • Kester Nucum
    Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group and my publicity contact there for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.Before I begin this review, I have two things to point out. The first one is that Ruta Sepetys (yes, THE Ruta Sepetys, my favorite author in the entire world) blurbed this book, which is awesome and well-deserved. The second one is th...
  • BooksAreFriends
    I've read some droll, unremarkable books in my time...and I'm happy to say that The Beloved Wild was not one of them! Melissa Ostrom weaves Harriet Winter's story of longing for freedom and something new craftily and beautifully. I picked this book up due to having nothing left to read on my bookshelf, expecting an okay story, but was surprised when I inexplicably found myself enthralled and spellbound. I don't know what it is, but something abou...
  • Monet Castro
    "You belong with your family, and family always makes room."The Beloved Wild was a beautifully written story about Harriet's adventure and journey to discover who she is and what she really wants. There were some places where I was confused and the pacing was quick, but the writing, the plot, and the character really made up for what was lacking. Harriet's independence and determination got her into some tough situations, but she was so relatable...
  • Gaby
    Really good historical fiction about a girl who wishes she had more options than 1807 allowed - especially now that she has a suitor (who she actually loves, when she’s not being stubborn). So naturally she goes off to become a pioneer with her brother and disguises herself as a boy as she goes so she can have a bit more freedom. But things get complicated when the suitor refuses to give up and a friend gets into so trouble. A bit slow paced, m...
  • Sammy
    [4.5]Ugh Goodreads deleted my review when I tried to post it! :( So quick recap instead: I loved this book, I really enjoyed the writing and the overall story. My only gripe is that it ended too early, I felt like there was a lot more that I wanted to read about, especially with Rachel and Harriet. I wanted to see Rachel healing and hopefully coming together with Phin. It’s sad we don’t get real closure with the characters and their stories b...
  • Lisa Perkowski
    A very "Little House in the Prairie" like book, but unlike "Little House", this book was good, but not great. Themes of romance and female empowerment abound, but the story didn't really "grab me" not leave me wanting more. I was also hoping, since I know the Genesee Valley area, more history about that area and not just that it was a "wild untamed vast forest" - all in all, not the worst historical fiction I've ever read, but no way near the bes...
  • kglibrarian
    This charming early-19th-century tale brings to mind Laura Ingalls Wilder, only with a modern, feminist twist. The female protagonist, though living during a time when women have few rights, fights for equality and recognition as she travels with her brother from New Hampshire to western New York to help him set up a home in undeveloped territory. There is humor, romance, beautiful landscapes, and a bit of drama scattered throughout this enjoyabl...
  • Shannon
    Tired of the restrictions and expectations placed on her because she is a girl, Harry decides to join her brother on an adventure to a new land. Traveling as a boy is easier and allows her to discover a freedom that woman are denied. The beloved Wild has a classic novel feel to it, but also with the struggle that woman are still facing, it feels current. I won the Beloved Wild in a Goodreads' giveaway, but the opinion is all my own.