Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer
Book Review of – The Swan Bonnet by Katharine L. Holmes
My overall star rating – 3.5
About the book:
Unbeknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn’s father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Shooting swans has become illegal but Alaska is a territory and Prohibition occupies the Sheriff.
Dawn and her mother become involved with suspicious inquiries about the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. Because Dawn’s grandparents see the swans first, Dawn agrees to secretly watch the migration with the deputy sheriff’s son. But after she and her mother encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are townspeople roving the shore too but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 27 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The book started off very slow for me. By the time I was 3/4 through, it picked up for me. I loved how the book was detailed about how life was during the time when Alaska was a territory. Some parts were confusing for me, they all were about the stories told, flashbacks that happen to the older people in the book. I would lose track of who was who and what happened when. I loved how Holmes describes the Swans migration and the attachment the family had with them. I wish I could have seen it in person. The history parts of the books were amazing. I enjoy learning about the gold rush time period and how people survived in Alaska during that time.
Genre – Non-fiction
Age recommendations – 16+
Sex content rating – (scale of 1-5) 2 (almost rape and bordello house)
Violence rating – (scale of 1-5) 1 (hunting)
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