“Jacob Have I loved” by Arjoneel Dhar (Book Review)

“Jacob have I loved” is a book about a girl living on an island known as Rass Island in the Chesapeake Bay. In the book the girl Sara Louise talks about living with her family who gives her the least attention compared to her twin sister Caroline who is the crown jewel of the family and Rass Island. As the story goes on, World War II begins and many men on the island go to war leaving fewer people. Because of this Sara is left with her best friend Call to go crabbing with. Soon the son of Captain Wallace returns to his abandoned house and the island after many years and Sara and Call discover this. Later there is a giant storm referred to as “the storm of ‘42” which heavily destroys most of the houses on Rass Island including the Captain’s house so the Captain moves into Sara’s house for a short time. Eventually Call goes off to the Navy and Caroline gets money to go to a music school in Baltimore. After finishing that school she gets a scholarship and goes to Julliard School of Music in New York. Eventually Call comes back and marries Caroline. Finally Sara leaves Rass Island to get a degree as a doctor. She isn’t able to get into Medical School as she was told that after the war the veterans will come back, so her chance is almost non-existent. She gets a degree in Nursing and Midwifery and moves to a valley near mountain as she always likes to see the mountains. This is a good book for readers who want to know about the life of a girl and people in the east coast islands in the time of World War II.

 

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