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Laura Quick Notes

Next up, one of the most modern Sunfires, Laura, by Vivan Schurfranz.

Laura Front Cover (Credit: Joel Iskowitz)

Front Cover Blurb: There was a fierce war raging abroad, and another in her heart.

Back Cover Blurb: Would she abandon her beliefs for love?

Main character: Laura Mitchell, 15 at the start of the book, 16 by the end; brown hair, green eyes (often compared to emeralds). A high school girl and budding suffragist.

Suitor #1: Joe Menotti, black hair, black eyes, 19 years old. Laura’s crush who thinks of her as a little sister. He’s a second-year medical student and a budding army doctor.

Suitor #2: Shawn O’ Brien, her brother’s army buddy, an aide to a general at the White House. Most of the time he’s described as having blue-gray eyes, but once Schurfranz goofs and says he has brown eyes. He has wavy brown hair and is a budding jackass.

Setting: Washington DC during World War I, 1918.

Front Cover: Middle, Laura; left, Shawn; right, Joe. Bottom right, Laura and Shawn.

Laura Back Cover

Back Cover: Suffragists and some WWI soldiers.

I am no fan of the Schurfranz books, but I think Laura is her best effort. There’s a lot going on in this book. WWI is going on in the background, the suffragist movement is driving much of the action, and the characters also battle the influenza epidemic.

I find Laura herself slightly more tolerable than other Schurfranz heroines. Sure, she spends some quality time looking in the mirror and prancing around in her underwear. But she’s sassy in a rumpled-schoolgirl kind of way.

Her biggest problem is making excuses to stay with her creep of a boyfriend, Shawn, who’s primarily looking for a trophy wife. Shawn says any number of nasty things, but he flashes his famous grin and Laura glosses over any unpleasantness. All the while she’s wishing he was more like Joe. Yeesh.

Well done, sister suffragettes! (Or suffragists, if you're American)


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