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Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 - 1924) was an American author, naturalist, and photographer. She was one of the first women to form a movie studio and production company. Although her first love was her nature books, her romance novels were very successful and provided the funds for her nature studies. In Freckles a nameless waif has the job of guarding the boundaries of a lar Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 - 1924) was an American author, naturalist, and photographer. She was one of the first women to form a movie studio and production company. Although her first love was her nature books, her romance novels were very successful and provided the funds for her nature studies. In Freckles a nameless waif has the job of guarding the boundaries of a large tract of the dense Indiana swamps. He is very familiar with this area: an area he has learned to know through keen observation. He gives his heart to one of its inhabitants, a girl he calls the Swamp Angel.


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Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 - 1924) was an American author, naturalist, and photographer. She was one of the first women to form a movie studio and production company. Although her first love was her nature books, her romance novels were very successful and provided the funds for her nature studies. In Freckles a nameless waif has the job of guarding the boundaries of a lar Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 - 1924) was an American author, naturalist, and photographer. She was one of the first women to form a movie studio and production company. Although her first love was her nature books, her romance novels were very successful and provided the funds for her nature studies. In Freckles a nameless waif has the job of guarding the boundaries of a large tract of the dense Indiana swamps. He is very familiar with this area: an area he has learned to know through keen observation. He gives his heart to one of its inhabitants, a girl he calls the Swamp Angel.

30 review for Freckles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Carrigan

    This book was written several generations ago. When I first read it (more than 40 years ago?) it was a bit dated already, but a basic coming of age plus love interest story, with a lot of tidbits about nature thrown in. Rereading it now, I found myself noticing the cultural differences between now and when it was written. Most noticeable were these: 1. Class stratification. Upper class people were just plain not supposed to even think about marrying those from the lower class, particularly if it This book was written several generations ago. When I first read it (more than 40 years ago?) it was a bit dated already, but a basic coming of age plus love interest story, with a lot of tidbits about nature thrown in. Rereading it now, I found myself noticing the cultural differences between now and when it was written. Most noticeable were these: 1. Class stratification. Upper class people were just plain not supposed to even think about marrying those from the lower class, particularly if it was likely that they were bastards or not of good breeding. 2. Good manners and ethics are apparently something that can be inherited, even if you were abandoned as an infant and raised in an orphanage. Good breeding will obviously overcome any "home environment". 3. Clearing a swamp that is home to all kinds of rare animals, birds, insects, trees, etc, is progress, and that is a good thing. Yes, take photos of them first, and collect specimens, but do go ahead and clear the swamp. 4. Shooting an otter so that its pelt could be made into a muff for a gift was a good idea. Nobody even considered whether the recipient might not have preferred to allow the otter to live. So this time instead of paying particular attention to all the tidbits about birds, trees, flowers, etc - I found myself reading it more like an historian or sociologist, and marveling at just how much American culture has changed in the last hundred years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    My favorite book in the whole wide world. Just read it. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Toni Miranda

    (Spoiler alert!) I chose this because I absolutely LOVE Laddie (also by the author). This one was okay. I would have given it one more star, but I didn't like the ending. Freckles was an orphan who didn't know his parents and who had a terrible childhood, but he turned into an honest, honorable young man. I didn't like that in the end it was inferred that he could only be such a fine young man if his parents had been rich or of noble birth. And then of course it turns out that he is the son of a (Spoiler alert!) I chose this because I absolutely LOVE Laddie (also by the author). This one was okay. I would have given it one more star, but I didn't like the ending. Freckles was an orphan who didn't know his parents and who had a terrible childhood, but he turned into an honest, honorable young man. I didn't like that in the end it was inferred that he could only be such a fine young man if his parents had been rich or of noble birth. And then of course it turns out that he is the son of a Lord. So what! One doesn't have to be rich to be good - in fact I think being rich actually makes it harder to be virtuous and honorable. It wasn't Freckles parentage that made him the man he was, it was his decisions and choices. He chose not to lie and steal. He chose to be a man of his word. He chose to love others. It had nothing to do with being a "lord".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    I began reading Gene Stratton-Porter's book when I was a teenager, and I realize now that as an adult, they are rather boring, at least to me. I began reading Gene Stratton-Porter's book when I was a teenager, and I realize now, as an adult, they are rather boring to me, or at least this one was. "Freckles" is a story about a one-handed man who is hired by a lumber company to keep other people from stealing trees in the Limberlost. As a naturalist, Gene Statton-Porter evidently sees nothing wrong I began reading Gene Stratton-Porter's book when I was a teenager, and I realize now that as an adult, they are rather boring, at least to me. I began reading Gene Stratton-Porter's book when I was a teenager, and I realize now, as an adult, they are rather boring to me, or at least this one was. "Freckles" is a story about a one-handed man who is hired by a lumber company to keep other people from stealing trees in the Limberlost. As a naturalist, Gene Statton-Porter evidently sees nothing wrong with this picture. All trees should be saved. And moths and butterflies should not be pinned on a board to save, as she had done in her other book/books. The interesting thing about the Limberlost is the real story: The Limberlost aka Loblolly Swamp covered 13,000 acres in Indiana at one time. Now, it is being revitalized. The name Limberlost came from a true story about a man named James Miller who was tall and limber. He went out into the swamp one day and never returned, so since his nickname was Limber Jim, the swamp became named Limberlost. But the another story says that it was named after Jim Corbus, who went hunting and disappeared in the swamp. I am going with the first one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mela

    It was a charming tale. A sweet love story, a harmony of the nature, good and brave people, honorable and devoted feelings. In other words an old fashioned story. One can't expect reality. If one does expect one will be disappointed. Because although there aren't dragons or magic fairies, such stories are too sweet to be true. I think that if I had read it in a better matched mood I would have enjoyed it a little more. But still, I can appreciate a classic tale for young people. And I am going to It was a charming tale. A sweet love story, a harmony of the nature, good and brave people, honorable and devoted feelings. In other words an old fashioned story. One can't expect reality. If one does expect one will be disappointed. Because although there aren't dragons or magic fairies, such stories are too sweet to be true. I think that if I had read it in a better matched mood I would have enjoyed it a little more. But still, I can appreciate a classic tale for young people. And I am going to read A Girl of the Limberlost (a sequel) in the future. I have one objection: (view spoiler)[that Freckles turned out to be from upper-class and a rich family. I understand that thanks to this he could showed how much he wasn't greedy but still. Such high level of happy ending was too much for me. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    So much melodrama! The story follows a redheaded, one-armed orphan boy who gets hired by a noble lumber baron to make sure no one steals his trees before he chops them down. Orphan boy is noble and good, falls in love with an equally noble girl, and nobly guards the trees through hell or high water. The book was written in 1904 and the date obviously shines through. I've been trying to place the genre. It isn't women's fiction...the noble, male hero is clearly intended to inspire male readers. It So much melodrama! The story follows a redheaded, one-armed orphan boy who gets hired by a noble lumber baron to make sure no one steals his trees before he chops them down. Orphan boy is noble and good, falls in love with an equally noble girl, and nobly guards the trees through hell or high water. The book was written in 1904 and the date obviously shines through. I've been trying to place the genre. It isn't women's fiction...the noble, male hero is clearly intended to inspire male readers. It somewhat reminds me of old fashion romances like Ivanhoe or Captain Blood but at the same time, feels too tame for that. Maybe Little Lord Fauntleroy feels like the best example, though clearly a lot changed in the 18 years separating the two books. I understand why many enjoy this work, especially for those who grew up with it. I found many elements of it satisfying, particularly the author's clear passion for nature and the delightful writing style. But I really, really disliked the heroine of the piece: Angel. She's a strong character, but also too good and perfect and noble. In her defense, she doesn't necessarily present herself this way (and a less loving narrator would easily call her spoiled), but Freckles - the titular hero - adores her. Like, kisses-her-footprints-in-the-mud adores her. He thinks her vastly above him and yet dwells on her perfections constantly. For all the reader knows, this is the first female he has ever met, so I found his insta-adoration (can you even call it insta-love?) rather unlikely and boring. But what I most found distressing about their romance is that throughout, the distinction is clearly made that Freckles is a Man and Angel is still a Girl. An impetuous, playful Girl. I never felt like her transition to "Woman" made sense. (If she even had a transition.) Generally, a 4 star read up until the last third, which ended up being so dramatic and unlikely I had to force myself to finish. As a side note, I tried imagining reading this book to my nephew some day and it just made me laugh to think about. Even if he turns into the redheaded poet we all imagine he might, I wouldn't put him through this! (view spoiler)[I almost wish Freckles had died. I think I would have given it 4 stars. Melodramatic and noble and utterly stupid? Oh yes, without a doubt. But better than this nonsense about Angel saving his life again and again. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tweety

    Even better than A Girl Of The Limberlost! Freckles is and Irish orphan who has spent nearly all twenty of his years in a foundling home, stories abound of how, when he was only a few months old he was brutally beaten and left more dead than alive on the orphanage steps. Freckles wishes he knew for sure that it wasn't his mother who left him, that she loved him just as much as normal mothers do, after all, isn't that what every orphan dreams of? Even once he has moved on to work as the Limberlost Even better than A Girl Of The Limberlost! Freckles is and Irish orphan who has spent nearly all twenty of his years in a foundling home, stories abound of how, when he was only a few months old he was brutally beaten and left more dead than alive on the orphanage steps. Freckles wishes he knew for sure that it wasn't his mother who left him, that she loved him just as much as normal mothers do, after all, isn't that what every orphan dreams of? Even once he has moved on to work as the Limberlost guard, he can't banish the worry that he was always unwanted. (he's emotionally scarred, no doubt from the taunts of other orphans) But, that is not to say he isn't loved now, he quickly won the trust, respect and love of his Boss, who wishes that Freckles was his son and the admiration of "The Swamp Angel", a young girl who works with The Butterfly Woman collecting her specimens. But for some reason that isn't enough for Freckles, he needs to know the truth about himself, and it's left to Angel to find it, if not for him, for herself… I can't believe I liked this so much more that A Girl Of The Limberlost, but I did. Freckles is a lovable, imperfect hero, in more ways than one; He's scarred both inside and out and he does the unthinkable by falling in love with a girl far above his station in life, someone he'll never be worthy of. (That's what he thinks anyway) The descriptions are beautiful, I could see the Limberlost in colour because of them, I saw the fear, loneliness, and wonder of the swamp, what could be better? My only complaint is this: I feel that Freckles should have let go of the past sooner, and moved on. His parentage didn't matter to his friends, why should he continue to be tormented by it? Some ideas in this book are rather old-fashioned, or out of date. I have always detested the thought that you can tell just by seeing how someone behaves whether they have upperclass parentage, since those things are all "in the blood". That's rubbish when you are off the streets! Someone lower class can be just as good as someone upperclass, Imo. Other than that I really loved this book, and don't know why I didn't pick it up before. G rating for this sweet, heartfelt read. Definitely a reread! (Found at http://landandlit.iweb.bsu.edu/Enviro...)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    A few of my friends had responded to the 10 book facebook challenge where you list 10 books that were meaningful to you in some way. A few people had mentioned "A Girl of the Limberlost" by Gene Stratton-Porter. Years earlier a co-worker had mentioned it and I had put it on my list and bought it on kindle. This book has kept haunting me so I felt it was time to finally read it. I went to look it up again and on goodreads it said Limberlost 2. Surprised, I looked up the first one in the series an A few of my friends had responded to the 10 book facebook challenge where you list 10 books that were meaningful to you in some way. A few people had mentioned "A Girl of the Limberlost" by Gene Stratton-Porter. Years earlier a co-worker had mentioned it and I had put it on my list and bought it on kindle. This book has kept haunting me so I felt it was time to finally read it. I went to look it up again and on goodreads it said Limberlost 2. Surprised, I looked up the first one in the series and lo and behold I found, "Freckles." I LOVED it. Such a good read. Great characters, especially Freckles. It started a little slow for me. I think it was getting used to the language. It was written in the early 1900's. My husband is reading it now and loving it. I knew this book would be up his alley because he loves nature and animals and this book describes it so well. It also is a good story of integrity and morals. The storyline was intriguing and kept me page turning. I thought it was interesting that the chapter headings were little spoilers and somehow it really worked and didn't ruin the story. It added to the suspense. Next up is, "A Girl of the Limberlost."Finally;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Needed some sweet fluff to get me through my homework. Proceeded to re-read the book in one sitting, didn't get everything done I needed to, woke up this morning and got ready like it was Tuesday and had a full day of chaos ahead. So, yeah, thanks, Freckles, for altering my sense of time and reality.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teri-K

    Who could not love poor Freckles, abandoned as a baby with his right hand cut off, without a name or family? When he looks for work and bravely holds out his right arm with the missing hand... Well, cynics need not read this author's books, or those who are bored by description or dislike old-fashioned stories. But when you want to read an old-fashioned book that truly makes you feel good, try one of S-P's.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caragh

    I found a 1916 hardcover of this imperfect favorite in an antique shop this weekend, stepped back in time, and reread.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Williams

    This was a delightful MG read! I loved every minute of it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Author, nature photographer and conservationist Gene Stratton-Porter was a favorite author of my late mother, also an Indiana native, who grew up perhaps an hour from what is now the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva. Stratton-Porter and her husband, Charles Porter, built a rustic 14-room log cabin home now far from the roughly 13,000-acre Limberlost Swamp in the early 1900s - and it was here that she wrote and five of her seven nature books and six of her 12 novels, including this one, F Author, nature photographer and conservationist Gene Stratton-Porter was a favorite author of my late mother, also an Indiana native, who grew up perhaps an hour from what is now the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva. Stratton-Porter and her husband, Charles Porter, built a rustic 14-room log cabin home now far from the roughly 13,000-acre Limberlost Swamp in the early 1900s - and it was here that she wrote and five of her seven nature books and six of her 12 novels, including this one, Freckles and the one with which I'm more familiar, the follow-up A Girl of the Limberlost. I well remember my mother talking about that book, and the author - I'm pretty sure she even read it to me at one time. So when I was offered an opportunity to get Freckles free at Amazon (through FreebookSifter.com), the memories came flooding back and I immediately downloaded it. Written in 1904 - well before my time and my mother's - I expected it to be a bit stilted in language and with, because of Stratton-Porter's conservationist leanings, a bit of Rachel Carson thrown in. That it was, and more; it certainly is reflective of a time when the "upper-crust" ruled and anyone without a well-documented family pedigree virtually was a non-person. That theme, almost above all else, came through loud and clear in this book, which follows the adventures of Freckles, a young man who was orphaned as an infant (missing a hand that had been cut off). Now grown, he's earned the favor of a man who owns a lumber company and is charged with protecting the valuable trees in the Limberlost - a stretch of swamp now owned by the company. Soon, a beautiful young woman enters - dubbed the "Angel" because of her love and acceptance of every living thing regardless of "station" in life. The story then follows their adventures in trying to protect the trees, the swamp and all the creatures living within it as well as development of Angel's relationship with Freckles, who sees himself as (in modern-day terms) a total loser because he's missing both a hand and the aforesaid pedigree. The dialogue is, in fact, a bit difficult, especially given the language of the day and Freckles' rather thick Irish brogue. Presumably, Stratton-Porter borrowed the latter from her Irish husband, but we have no idea where Freckles picked it up, since he was deposited in an orphanage in the Midwestern United States as a baby and had no interaction with anyone Irish until he was grown up (a mystery that bothers me and not a few other reviewers). As I read along, I also kept waiting for something truly awful to happen (a box of tissues was at my elbow throughout). But this really isn't a tear-jerker; in fact, I was more inclined, given the times in which I live, to want to smack the characters upside the head than feel sorry about their belief that circumstances dictated their destinies. But that was then, and this is now - something readers must keep in mind throughout. If you view the book as a love story between two young people and an environment they both love, it's well written and poignant.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    First reading: January 2014 Each successive reading gets better. The ending is terrible, however.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Culp

    This is a precious little book. Fits in the category I call Old-fashioned YA 😁 The nature writing is beautiful, the story is sweet, and it made me smile. It is a bit slow in parts, and the values are a little old-fashioned, even for me- but it would be a wonderful read for anyone who loves LM Montgomery or teens/tweens who like Louisa May Alcott. I will probably pick up the next book the next time I want something slow, nurturing, heartwarming and easy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hilarie

    This is truly a forgotten classic. I first read it many years ago, and recently had the desire to pick it up again. I found that it was not as readily available as many other classics, which is certainly a shame as it is a wonderful book. The story concerns a young orphan, named Freckles, who has personally experienced many of the worst aspects of humanity in his short life. Sadly, these experiences have left Freckles with only one hand, no material possessions, little education, and most importa This is truly a forgotten classic. I first read it many years ago, and recently had the desire to pick it up again. I found that it was not as readily available as many other classics, which is certainly a shame as it is a wonderful book. The story concerns a young orphan, named Freckles, who has personally experienced many of the worst aspects of humanity in his short life. Sadly, these experiences have left Freckles with only one hand, no material possessions, little education, and most importantly, no concerned friends or loved ones. As a result of the kindness of Mr. Mclean, part owner of the grand rapids lumber company, Freckles finds himself serving as the protector of timber in the Limberlost swamp. The timber itself is very valuable, and there are several unsavory characters who would love to have a chance to sell the timber for themselves. This employment proves to be life changing for Freckles, and ultimately leads to his discovery of the history of his past. The book also features a charming love story that is both tender and engaging. This is a great read, but I did find it slightly less enjoyable than Porter's Girl of the Limberlost, which also takes place in Indiana. Porter describes Freckles as "plucky," and that really is the best word to describe him. This book has just enough action to keep the reader engaged, and is a quick and easy read. What really comes through on each page is Porter's love of nature and all it's wonders. I am sure I will be rereading this again in years to come.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ricky Orr

    My wife's 4th grade teacher awarded this book to my wife for her perfect attendance, with a note that the author lived around Fort Wayne. For whatever reason, the book sat on our shelf for all these years, unread. Because we recently visited Gene Stratton Porter's home, I decided to read the book. What a straight-forward, sweet story, set within a simpler time around the late nineteenth century or the early twentieh century. It is a story about a young man, Freckles, orphaned as a baby, who knows My wife's 4th grade teacher awarded this book to my wife for her perfect attendance, with a note that the author lived around Fort Wayne. For whatever reason, the book sat on our shelf for all these years, unread. Because we recently visited Gene Stratton Porter's home, I decided to read the book. What a straight-forward, sweet story, set within a simpler time around the late nineteenth century or the early twentieh century. It is a story about a young man, Freckles, orphaned as a baby, who knows nothing about his past. He is hired to stand guard and protect a lease allowing the harvest of native timber growing within the Limberlost Swamp. He is a young man of honor, integrity, and loyalty who can't be swayed to close a blind eye to his duty to protect the lease. Although ashamed of his disfigurement - he is missing his right hand - and his unknown heritage and past, he is of such a character that he is loved by almost everyone he meets. But he is unable to see past his handicap, and feels he is not worthy of love and respect. One day he meets 'The Angel' and falls deeply in love with her, but 'knows' he can never attain her love in return.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rrshively

    This is my favorite by Gene Stratton Porter that I've read so far. I like it even better than Girl of the Limberlost. Sometimes it's good to turn back the clock to the turn of the 20th Century and the type of writing common at that time. Of course it can be very sentimental, but can render such a good story! Most of the characters would be good role models. Freckles is such a brave loyal soul! As a side story, one can understand how the beautiful natural habitats were destroyed for the lumber an This is my favorite by Gene Stratton Porter that I've read so far. I like it even better than Girl of the Limberlost. Sometimes it's good to turn back the clock to the turn of the 20th Century and the type of writing common at that time. Of course it can be very sentimental, but can render such a good story! Most of the characters would be good role models. Freckles is such a brave loyal soul! As a side story, one can understand how the beautiful natural habitats were destroyed for the lumber and farmland, and sometimes oil. The Limberlost was a temperate climate swamp that covered many square miles and parts of about 6 counties in Indiana and was completely turned into timber harvesting and farmland. Many species of birds, butterflies, frogs, and mammals lived there and were crowded out of their home. In this story, the swamp is still thriving, and the timber interests are just beginning to select the best wood trees for harvest. I must say that the timber boss is a wonderful man taking advantage of a natural resource at the same time he is a good, honest, and sympathetic character. There is a combination of action and romance in this story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    I would rate the first half of Freckles 4 or 4 1/2 stars. The last little bit was a 2, for me. So I averaged the numbers out to a solid 3. Nature-lovers and conservationists and yes, Louisa May Alcott lovers, should read this book and others by Gene Stratton-Porter. If you have ever felt the power of the beauty of nature while standing in the midst of it, you will recognize the experience in this book. A friend in our book group said that Stratton-Porter wanted to end the book differently but he I would rate the first half of Freckles 4 or 4 1/2 stars. The last little bit was a 2, for me. So I averaged the numbers out to a solid 3. Nature-lovers and conservationists and yes, Louisa May Alcott lovers, should read this book and others by Gene Stratton-Porter. If you have ever felt the power of the beauty of nature while standing in the midst of it, you will recognize the experience in this book. A friend in our book group said that Stratton-Porter wanted to end the book differently but her publishers pressured her into this ending. It all just go to be too much at the end, I thought. Maybe I would have liked Stratton-Porter's original ending better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I enjoyed the descriptions of the swamp flora and fauna, the story of Freckles falling in love and the action that surrounds protecting the land from timber thieves. I went through more tissues reading this, than watching Bambi.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lara Lleverino

    I've read this story many times and love it more with each reading. Porter is a master at developing characters with fine souls; men and women of honor and persistence, of courage and truth and of purity of heart and purity of action.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi

    A very sweet book, I think I enjoyed Limberlost just a little bit more, but this was a great story, with great characters. The end is a little too good to be true, but for this kind of book I don't think you can really want anything else... ;)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I loved this book! I cannot say how many times I read it as a young girl. I wore out the cover. I loved Freckles and the Bird Lady. It was such a great story. It had everything,humor,suspense,loyalty,and beauty.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    I was first introduced to Gene's books by my Mom, who found a copy of Laddie for me, which started me digging for more of her books! Freckles is such a wonderful book, and I'm pleased to own my own copy now.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Wonderful story! The mix of nature study, character development, and love was beautiful. There are so many characters to adore. I will definitely read this again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Another treasure. Having just read the two Limberlost books... I feel I need more. I may need to read them again right away or just daydream about the Limberlost, for I'm not ready to leave it yet.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pat Murphy

    This is the last of three unrelated books that were in my parents possession since I was about 11. I am 63 now. I had always intended to read them, but didn't until now. The first two were Horatio Alger books, which I reviewed in here. This is the last one. Gene Stratton-Porter, the author, was a photographer, an author, and a naturalist. This comes out in the book. A good part of the story describes the Limberlost Swamp in Indiana in great, beautiful detail. This is an area which she studied an This is the last of three unrelated books that were in my parents possession since I was about 11. I am 63 now. I had always intended to read them, but didn't until now. The first two were Horatio Alger books, which I reviewed in here. This is the last one. Gene Stratton-Porter, the author, was a photographer, an author, and a naturalist. This comes out in the book. A good part of the story describes the Limberlost Swamp in Indiana in great, beautiful detail. This is an area which she studied and tried to protect in her lifetime. The swamp was drained and used for agricultural purposes. More recently it is being restored in some areas. If you are interested, Googling the swamp has some nice info. The story follows a young man of about 16 or 17, who grew up as a largely unwanted orphan. he lost one hand in an accident as an infant which added to his demise as an orphan. It pretty much picks up as he has run away from his last foster home and tries to find work. He ends up in a logging crew as a guard of parts of the swamp where trees were still to be felled but no crew there yet to tend to them. Apparently thieves would actually try to cut down and steal entire trees one at a time. He was the one in their way. So his adventures in the swamp, his relationships with the good (and bad) people he meets along the way, his discovery of his troubled past and what happened to him to cause the loss of his hand, and the happy ending are what this book entails. I enjoyed the reading. The swamp adventures and the life he discovers there are quite interesting. The happy ending, and his relation with a pretty girl he meets who he calls the Angel, seem a bit over sugared to me but I still found it very readable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    Brought this on my Ireland trip and didn't realize how perfect it would be, with multiple references to Ireland and the Irish throughout the story. It's an enjoyable tale about a young man with nothing finding a family and love, after thinking both these things would be denied him in his life. He also learns courage and how to conquer his fears from his job in the Limberlost Forest, while his new friend the "Swamp Angel" teaches him (and all readers) the power of loving and accepting people just Brought this on my Ireland trip and didn't realize how perfect it would be, with multiple references to Ireland and the Irish throughout the story. It's an enjoyable tale about a young man with nothing finding a family and love, after thinking both these things would be denied him in his life. He also learns courage and how to conquer his fears from his job in the Limberlost Forest, while his new friend the "Swamp Angel" teaches him (and all readers) the power of loving and accepting people just as they are. I left this with some friends who have four young children and hope they will read this story many times as they grow. Favorite quotes: "The one characteristic an Irishman admires in a woman, above all others, is courage." "It's this I mean: there is something fine, strong, and full of power in your face. There is something you are to do in this world, and no matter how you work at all these other things, or how successfully you do them, it is all wasted until you find the one thing that you can do best." - the Swamp Angel "Now here was another class, people that had all they needed of the world's best and were engaged in doing work that counted." "And you can always be proud that you are born an Irishman. My father is Irish... He says that if the Irish had decent territory, they'd lead the world. He says they've always been handicapped by lack of space and of fertile soil. He says if Ireland had been as big and fertile as Indiana, why, England wouldn't ever have had the upper hand. She'd just be a little appendage." - the Swamp Angel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yibbie

    You can really tell Gene’s love of plants and birds through her writing. She is so careful and thorough with her descriptions. Unfortunately, I’m not the naturalist she was and found the details a bit boring. Once I got past that part, the first large section of the book, the pace picked up a bit. The first conflict was quite interesting. It was believable and well done. The second conflict, climax, wasn’t nearly as good. Maybe, it was the incredibly rushed timeline or the incredible string of You can really tell Gene’s love of plants and birds through her writing. She is so careful and thorough with her descriptions. Unfortunately, I’m not the naturalist she was and found the details a bit boring. Once I got past that part, the first large section of the book, the pace picked up a bit. The first conflict was quite interesting. It was believable and well done. The second conflict, climax, wasn’t nearly as good. Maybe, it was the incredibly rushed timeline or the incredible string of coincidences that gave the ending a contrived feeling. Either way, I didn’t like this book nearly as well as I remember liking The Girl of the Limberlost. I was surprised by the swearing. The plot and the characters make it a book for older children or teens, but the language was unnecessarily foul for any age group. I received this book as a free ARC from NetGalley and Dover Publications. No review was required.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Freckles left me with mixed feelings. I loved the setting - all of the exotic flora and fauna of the Limberlost. Freckles was a sympathetic, admirable character. But, Freckles and the Angel were a bit too perfect for my taste. Too much of Freckles' value was laid on the shoulders of his parentage and too little on his own character. His love for the Angel was a bit over the top - kissing a preserved footprint in the muck! Too much emphasis seems to be placed on parentage, above character. While o Freckles left me with mixed feelings. I loved the setting - all of the exotic flora and fauna of the Limberlost. Freckles was a sympathetic, admirable character. But, Freckles and the Angel were a bit too perfect for my taste. Too much of Freckles' value was laid on the shoulders of his parentage and too little on his own character. His love for the Angel was a bit over the top - kissing a preserved footprint in the muck! Too much emphasis seems to be placed on parentage, above character. While others seems to love Freckles for who he is, despite his circumstances, he himself measures his worth solely by his parents' presumed character. Part of my displeasure probably stems from my reading with a 21st-century outlook. And, reading as an adult, when I think this may capture the imaginations of children more than it did mine.

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