A Home in the Wilderness

A Country for Castoffs

Young Adult - Adventure
296 Pages
Reviewed on 03/28/2024
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Author Biography

Amanda is the author of the historical action & adventure series A Country for Castoffs, which combines her family history with the larger historical context to educate and entertain a new generation of readers. She has researched her family genealogy for decades and taught middle and high school history for fourteen years. She loves the fragile beauty Sonoran Desert where she lives most of the year and the vibrant Willamette River each summer. Though her best inspirations reside with the ever-changing Sea of Cortez, where she has watched her three children grow up over the years, and now enjoys watching her grandchildren making new discoveries for themselves!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite

In A Home in the Wilderness by Amanda M. Cetas, it was early summer in 1663. Etienne was annoyed when he woke up from a fitful night of disturbing repeated nightmares. After being a little unpleasant to his siblings, he left the house to check his hunting snares. It was past noon when he came home with two rabbits for his mother. He realized his mistake when there was no one at home and hurriedly got ready and rushed through the fields to town, to make it in time for the weddings. Little did he know that the news of an Esopus (Indian) attack on a northern settlement at the ceremony would alter his way of living from then on. Would he be able to protect his new native friends or be labeled a traitor by others in his community?

A Home in the Wilderness: A Country for Castoffs by Amanda M. Cetas is book 2 in a series. The author shines with her research and knowledge of late 1600s North America. The details of the scenery, the diverse types of people, and all aspects of their cultures (Dutch, French, Native American, English) are done so impeccably. While some of the book is fiction, the historical parts are well documented, and sources are named for the reader to learn more on the subject if they wish. My excitement increased with each page I read because the amount of action and raw emotions drew me into the story. This book could easily be made into a movie. I enjoyed this book so very much. I have not read the first or third in the series but I will say that this one can stand alone. While a reader can benefit from reading book one and learning about the back history of the characters, it is not necessary to do so to enjoy this story.