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

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
    Actually 3.5.
  • 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 ...
  • LOURDES (ChaptersWeLove)
    Review to follow.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Tracie
    Harriet Winter has all the skills required of a good wife and she's certainly of marriageable age. She even has suitor though that is confusing and complicated. When she finds out her favorite brother is planning to go west to establish his own farm, she sees a chance to influence her own fate even as her conflicting feelings for stable, dependable Danial Long seem to grow into real affection.
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    *I was sent this from the author via the publisher in exchange for review. This doesn't influence my opinion.*Mini ARC review is now on my blog! This was good with a good message and clean content but not very memorable like some other historical fiction I've read. I think Jane Austen fans will enjoy this.https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress....
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  • Elizabeth
    2.5I made it to page 288 but couldn’t finish. What historical era is this even set in? The constant anachronism ruined it for me.
  • Brenda Schneider
    An enjoyable story. A little romance, alittle drama, and some humor. Good characters. I won this book through goodreads.
  • 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...
  • Stephanie
    If you're looking for a book that brings you back to your LITTLE HOUSE days but with more cross-dressing and less saccharine, check out this book. Read my full review over at Forever Young Adult.