Saturday 27 September 2014

Review: Favorite Daughter, Part One by Paula Margulies

22757170Title: Favorite Daughter, Part One
Author: Paula Margulies
Series: Favorite Daughter
Genre: Historical fiction, Adult
Publisher: One People Press
Publication date: July 21st 2014
Pages: 194 (paperback)
Source: received from author

Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Pwhatan's daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation's earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father's plans for peace, this young girl takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of tremendous nobility, courage and heart.

Told in first person, in a voice brimming with compassion and wisdom, Favorite Daughter, Part One provides a compelling look at the early days of one of the most remarkable legends in American history. Editor's Choice Award Winner, 21st Annual San Diego State University Writer's Conference.

When I was little Pocahontas was one of my favorite Disney movies, if I’m honest it still is. Her story has always intrigued me. A young Native American girl that saved the life of an intruder. In this book I finally got to know more about her in a fun way. Favorite Daughter tells the story of Pocahontas early life, her transformation from childhood into adulthood.

The story begins when John Smith and his men have arrived in America. Pocahontas is immediately fascinated by the group of strangers. There are different than anyone she has ever seen. But some of her father’s advisors don’t share her fascination, after all they could for a threat to their tribe. Pocahontas was a fascinating character to follow. She’s a very strong-willed young girl. She loves her home but she also longs for adventure, to discover something new. Her curiousness makes her sometimes lose objectiveness. But she still cares about her father’s advice and she always takes it into consideration. It is clear that Pocahontas is a born leader.

The setting of Pocahontas’s tribe is really beautiful. It’s a real shame that so much of it has disappeared. But it is clear that the author took her time to investigate the Native American culture. She described their habits and language well. It was fascinating to see how she makes their world come alive.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. Favorite Daughter, Part One is story about love, honor, respect and family. I can’t wait to read the second part in this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction and who is interested in the Native American culture.



  1. Thanks so much for reviewing Favorite Daughter, Part One, El!


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