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Florence moves with her family to an isolated part of Alaska where the only contact with the outside world is by sailing schooner that stoped two or three times a year with supplies, news, and mail brought by a handsome young captain.


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Florence moves with her family to an isolated part of Alaska where the only contact with the outside world is by sailing schooner that stoped two or three times a year with supplies, news, and mail brought by a handsome young captain.

30 review for Watch for a Tall White Sail (Monroe, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This was an interesting reread. It is amusing to revisit the book almost 25 years after my original reading. I can see where my enjoyment of survivalist fiction my have taken root from. Florence is a strong female character, but without seeming out of place for her time. It was a great peek into what life might have been like for a young woman in that time period. This book made me appreciate the strides taken in woman's rights. Yes, like Florence, my primary job is to stay home, cook, and clean, This was an interesting reread. It is amusing to revisit the book almost 25 years after my original reading. I can see where my enjoyment of survivalist fiction my have taken root from. Florence is a strong female character, but without seeming out of place for her time. It was a great peek into what life might have been like for a young woman in that time period. This book made me appreciate the strides taken in woman's rights. Yes, like Florence, my primary job is to stay home, cook, and clean, but I CHOSE that for my life. All in all this was a great blast from the past.

  2. 4 out of 5

    shay

    One of the first romance books that I enjoyed as a kid. A very sweet, ridiculously wholesome story about a strong female protagonist who grows up in the wilderness with her family, which is a nice change from the ol' "beautiful, talented, spirited, and witty character who grows up among wealth and splendor, yet remains unhappy due to her sheltered upbringing and societal restriction, gender roles, etc." One of the first romance books that I enjoyed as a kid. A very sweet, ridiculously wholesome story about a strong female protagonist who grows up in the wilderness with her family, which is a nice change from the ol' "beautiful, talented, spirited, and witty character who grows up among wealth and splendor, yet remains unhappy due to her sheltered upbringing and societal restriction, gender roles, etc."

  3. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    I have loved this book since I read it as an early teen? younger? I suppose it is historical fiction, but I loved the romance in it. What could be better than mixing my two favorite genres? (The romance was just that, not anything more. Excellent for younger (at heart) readers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book and series is a re-read for me. It's a story of the Monroe family who in 1887 move from Victoria, British Columbia to a remote area in the wilds of Alaska. 16 year-old Florence, heroine of the story, is dismayed to learn that Pa wants her to keep house for him and her 4 brothers in the rude shack he has built near their salmon fishing and packing business while Ma and her younger sister are going on to the nice house he built at Klinkwan on Prince Wales Island. The only thing that buoy This book and series is a re-read for me. It's a story of the Monroe family who in 1887 move from Victoria, British Columbia to a remote area in the wilds of Alaska. 16 year-old Florence, heroine of the story, is dismayed to learn that Pa wants her to keep house for him and her 4 brothers in the rude shack he has built near their salmon fishing and packing business while Ma and her younger sister are going on to the nice house he built at Klinkwan on Prince Wales Island. The only thing that buoys Florence's spirits is when she sees the tall white sails of a schooner run by handsome young Belden Craig. He is especially a welcome sight when Florence and Jaimy get trapped alone in Wrangell for 5 weeks and are running out of food. The book is a sort of historical romance and a very good read about the settling of Alaska.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    A charming, wholesome YA romance about living in Alaska in the 1880s. It's in the style of Christy or Mrs. Mike, so if you loved those, you'd probably like this. My elementary school reader recommended this book, and it ended up being an entertaining read. A charming, wholesome YA romance about living in Alaska in the 1880s. It's in the style of Christy or Mrs. Mike, so if you loved those, you'd probably like this. My elementary school reader recommended this book, and it ended up being an entertaining read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The Monroe family moves from a safe pleasant home in Victoria to the wilds of a fish saltery in Alaska in hopes of great wealth. Making their home on isolated Prince of Whales Island, they rely solely on their wits, each other and occasional relief supplies from the sloop of Belden Craig. As Florence feels the stresses of the storms, she falls to the role of housekeeper for the men if her family as they all face the challenges of eking out a life in the wilderness. The tall white sail brings Flo The Monroe family moves from a safe pleasant home in Victoria to the wilds of a fish saltery in Alaska in hopes of great wealth. Making their home on isolated Prince of Whales Island, they rely solely on their wits, each other and occasional relief supplies from the sloop of Belden Craig. As Florence feels the stresses of the storms, she falls to the role of housekeeper for the men if her family as they all face the challenges of eking out a life in the wilderness. The tall white sail brings Florence hope of a different life with Belden Craig. This sweet romance story also depicts some of the problems of living in the Arctic, like wolves and exposure. The characters are not very deep, but many teenage girls will enjoy the innocent romance packed full of feelings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie Fehl

    Sweet YA read. Great story about a family trying to etch out a life in the wilds of Alaska and a girl who discovers her first love. The romance part is kinda haphazardly thrown in, not really developed but still, there is a sweet innocent feel to the whole thing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marian.brady

    Really quick fun read. Fun book about a 16 year old who moves with her family from Victoria, Canada to the Alaskan wildernees where she goes off to help her brothers at a Salmon catching camp.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue22306

    I fell in love with Alaska while reading Margaret Bell's books. I fell in love with Alaska while reading Margaret Bell's books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Good Young Adult romance.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Borrowed from Endicott College library. Life on an Alaskan island, against elements, and romance. Florence, four brothers and salmon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jaye

    Another book I was subjected to in grade 7.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    This book was recommended to me as an oldie goldie. I found it poorly written, melodramatic, and a complete waste of time. I only survived it by speedreading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Aase

    A reread of one of my favorite historical fiction novels from my youth. A chaste, sweet, adventurous story of Florence who moves with her family to early Alaska to set up a salmon selling operation. Weather and primitive living conditions and the stars in her eyes over the daring Beldon Craig- love at first sight and a chaste hand kiss at their engagement ... just as satisfying now as then!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Simple and sweet

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clarice

    Lovely

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Rose

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate Landers

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Creason

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie Moore

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

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