Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Book Review of #2 The Wakefield Legacy The Untold Story by Francine Pascal
Author: Francine Pascal
Publisher: Bantam Skylark
Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Saga
Type of book: 1866-1970s, immigration, potted American history, journeys, Sweet Valley
Year it was published: 1992
Follow the compelling stories of the women and men who came before Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield:
Frontiersman Theodore Wakefield thought he'd lost his heart forever; will Dancing Wind make him love again?
Turn -of-the-century beauty Sarah Wakefield marries against her father's wishes — only to become the mother of a fatherless child.
Betrayed by his true love, Ted Wakefield must forget his past to find happiness with brilliant journalist Julia Marks.
During World War II Robert Wakefield receives vital radio messages from P.O.W. Hannah Weiss and vows to find her when the war ends.
Ned Wakefield struggles against injustice In the idealistic sixties, then fights for the heart of beautiful Alice Robertson.
Discover new lives and loves in the further unfolding of the biggest, best Sweet Valley story ever!
The characters seemed to be cut from cardboard and none became endearing to me. Maybe also its my own thing, but its curious that although Ned's mother is Jewish, why didn't he seem to grow up with some Jewish customs and whatnot? The characters might as well have been christian Americans in costumes!
Probably its the characters hoping to have the best love, but in the end have to settle for second best.
Third person narrative from many characters points of view. Although its mostly from masculine point of view, there are women point of views in it. I think one does need to read The Wakefields of Sweet Valley because the two of them go to together. This is potted version of American history and who knows, it might help some people pass test and forget about it.
Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.  There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)
As a teenager I loved this book and read it numerous times, but then I grew out of liking this novel and now I'm not afraid of giving it such a low rating. I also think there is something that conflicts with Patmans of Sweet Valley, because the book mentions that Patmans were one of the founding families of Sweet Valley, yet if you read Patmans of Sweet Valley, there is no mention that they were founding families but they have heard of Sweet Valley in 1960s and moved there. This novel also answers a question of what happened to Theodore Wakefield's line when he was forcibly separated from Alice. Although the stories were different and all, I think my problem was how cheesy and unbelievable they sounded, and the characters seemed to be made from cardboard rather than bone and flesh.
1 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)