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Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher

by Lenore Hart

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Interesting twist on an old story.
  kitkeller | Oct 31, 2009 |
Becky tells the story of Becky Thatcher, who grew up with Tom and Huck and the gang. This novel provides an interesting twist by having Sam Clemens as a character and, obviously, by telling the story from Becky's point of view.

I enjoyed the portrayal of life in Missouri during the War, especially what it was like to be a slave state, but not seccessionist. And I liked the character of Becky, who was a strong woman, and a good wife and mother despite mistakes she'd made.

I found the plot a bit weak in that so much happened, with a lot of coincidences and some difficult to believe aspects. Enough said -- you won't find any spoilers here. ( )
1 vote LynnB | Jul 24, 2009 |
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As other reviews have shown, Becky will appeal to fans of "companion novels" and to some fans of Mark Twain. Unfortunately, I found Hart's portrayal of Becky Thatcher disappointing, and her versions of events from Twain's original novels jarring. Although she writes well, Hart obviously lacks the style and panache of Mark Twain, and her attempt to portray Becky as a tough, independent woman often seemed forced. For historical novels about the same period, with strong and appealing heroines, I recommend Paulette Jiles' Enemy Women or Jane Smiley's The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton. And for strong women from the pen of Twain himself, I recommend the collection How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson, and Other Tales of Rebellious Girls & Daring Young Women.
2 vote rbhardy3rd | Jul 9, 2009 |
This novel had what I most enjoy in novels - a suitably complex plot, realistic emotional motivations, a main character who is interesting and appealing. And there is the clever interaction of the novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", the real-life Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, and the supposed real characters upon which Twain's novel was based. Ms. Hart handles it all with great skill and paints a picture of America around the time of the Civil War and the years thereafter that is appealing and lifelike. Thumbs up! ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jun 28, 2009 |
This is definitely cut from a different cloth than Tom Sawyer (more serious than whimsical), but I feel that Lenore did a wonderful job with bringing Becky's character to life. What was even more interesting is that Lenore chose to include Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) into the cast of characters who ran around with Tom and Becky. He would then go on to write and publish Tom Sawyer based off those escapades, but according to Becky, he got the facts all wrong!

If you enjoy reading stories set in the Civil War era, the West and its mining frenzy, women dressed up as men to enlist, or obviously a Tom Sawyer fanatic, then Becky is perfect for you - a unique retelling or continuing story of a well-known character and her desire to find her place in the world as well as her heart. ( )
  theepicrat | Apr 2, 2009 |
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Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight. She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel. She knew Samuel Clemens before he was “Mark Twain,” when he was a wide-eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight. Yes, she was Tom’s childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, never made it into Twain’s novel.

Now married to Tom’s cousin Sid Hopkins, Becky has children of her own to protect while the men of Missouri are off fighting their “un-Civil” War. But when tragedy strikes at home, Becky embarks on a phenomenal quest to find her husband and save her family---a life journey that takes her from the Mississippi River’s steamboats to Ozark rebel camps, from Nevada’s silver mines to the gilded streets of San Francisco.

Time and again, stubborn but levelheaded Becky must reconcile her independent spirit and thirst for adventure with the era’s narrow notions of marriage and motherhood. As she seeks to find a compromise between fulfillment and security, she also grapples with ghosts of her past. Can she forgive herself, or be forgiven, for the lies she’s told to the men she’s loved? Will she ever forget the maddening, sweet-talking, irresponsible Tom Sawyer, the boy who stole her heart as a little girl? And when she is old, and Huck and Tom and Twain only memories, whose shadow will still lie beside her?

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"Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight. She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She knew Samuel Clemens before he was "Mark Twain, " when he was a wide-eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight. Yes, she was Tom's childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, never made it into Twain's novel." "Now married to Tom's cousin Sid Hopkins, Becky has children of her own to protect while the men of Missouri are off fighting their "un-Civil" War. But when tragedy strikes at home, Becky embarks on a phenomenal quest to find her husband and save her family - a life journey that takes her from the Mississippi River's steamboats to Ozark rebel camps, from Nevada's silver mines to the gilded streets of San Francisco." "Time and again, stubborn but levelheaded Becky must reconcile her independent spirit and thirst for adventure with the era's narrow notions of marriage and motherhood. As she seeks to find a compromise between fulfillment and security, she also grapples with ghosts of her past. Can she forgive herself, or be forgiven, for the lies she's told to the men she's loved? Will she ever forget the maddening, sweet-talking, irresponsible Tom Sawyer, the boy who stole her heart as a little girl? And when she is old, and Huck and Tom and Twain are only memories, whose shadow will still lie beside her?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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