The Wendy is a delightâ€”beautifully written and funny. Loosely based on characters created by J.M. Barrie, I sensed a bit of Dickens in the troubled upbringing of a modern girl named Wendy Darling who was just not at home in the eighteenth century. It seems men were not kind to women back then, the majority seeing them as suited for nothing more than matrimony and motherhoodâ€”if they had to be put up with at all. Then, this headstrong girl with grand ideas of captaining a ship enters the stage, and not only are the Neanderthals incensed at her boldness but astonished that she has skills.
Wendy is smart and accomplished and can hold her own against anyoneâ€”even the eternally pompous and mean-spirited Captain Hook. And sheâ€™s wise, considering she is only sixteen. Though I found her irresistibleâ€”especially her eyebrowsâ€”my favorite aspect of the novel is the voice of the narrator. I mean, itâ€™s just so wonderfully witty. In fact, some parts made me laugh out loud. Good thing I was alone at the time.
For those who enjoy fantasy with their historical fiction, I highly recommend this book. Itâ€™s perfect for kids and highly entertaining for adults. A real gem.
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THE WRONG KIND OF HERO.
â€œGirls canâ€™t be in the navy! Girls take care of babies! Youâ€™re so stupid, you donâ€™t know anything!â€
London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But thatâ€™s impossible. Isnâ€™t it?
By 1789, sheâ€™s sixteen, old enough to be sold into service as a dressmaker or a servant. When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.
But the secret service isnâ€™t exactly what she had hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isnâ€™t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isnâ€™t blinded by her gender… might be her nationâ€™s greatest enemy.
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