The Hired Girl
2 journalers for this copy...
the road less traveled,
no guarantees on how it will turn out though.
Here's to another fun swap! ;)
Later: I enjoyed this one very much. It's a kind of reverse “Anne of Green Gables”, where our heroine (14-year-old Joan) flees her emotionally-abusive father and the drudgery of life on the family farm for the nearest big city. After a scary encounter or two (and after lying about her age!) she lucks into a job as housemaid to a prosperous Jewish family, who need her to help out their Old Family Retainer who’s getting too old to manage the heavier chores – and to do it without riling the old woman up too much. More depth in this one about differing cultures, religious views, and more, yet also quite entertaining. (A heroine who’s devoted to books – even though she grew up with only three novels as her entire library – always piques my interest.)
There are the inevitable culture clashes and embarrassing mistakes, but Joan is good-hearted and intelligent, and her new employers are (for the most part) the same - and the book includes some lovely scenes of open-mindedness regarding different faiths, lessons still very much needed today.
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