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Wakefields of Sweet Valley (Sweet Valley High) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Sweet Valley High (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Valley (July 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553292781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553292787
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Follow the riveting stories of the women who came before Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield:

Alice Larson, a bold sixteen-year-old from Sweden, arrives alone in America to start a new life -- but with a broken heart.

Headstrong frontier tomboy Jessamyn runs away to join the circus, leading her sensitive twin, Elisabeth, into a desperate search that ends in tragedy.

Spirited twins and rivals Samantha and Amanda battle for the love of the same boy during the glamorous Roaring Twenties.

Marjorie, stranded in France during World War II, becomes a heroine of the Resistance.

Alice Robertson, child of the tumultuous sixties, makes a painful romantic choice she will hide forever -- even from her twin daughters, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.

Discover the lives and loves of these extraordinary young women in the biggest, best Sweet Valley story ever.

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Follow the riveting stories of the women who came  before Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield:

  Alice Larson, a bold sixteen-year-old from Sweden,  arrives alone in America to start a new life --  but with a broken heart.

Headstrong  frontier tomboy Jessamyn runs away to join the circus,  leading her sensitive twin, Elisabeth, into a  desperate search that ends in tragedy.

Spirited  twins and rivals Samantha and Amanda battle for  the love of the same boy during the glamorous  Roaring Twenties.

Marjorie, stranded in France  during World War II, becomes a heroine of the  Resistance.

Alice Robertson, child of the  tumultuous sixties, makes a painful romantic choice  she will hide forever -- even from her twin  daughters, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.

  Discover the lives and loves of these extraordinary  young women in the biggest, best Sweet Valley story  ever.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "danceuponamoonbeam" on October 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't even begin to describe how good this book is. It's a sweeping saga of love, heartbreak and courage. Even after 7 or so years ago when I bought it I still remember it fondly. This book involves the women on Alice Robertson's side of the family. It shows these beautiful women's courage and strength as it follows them from a boat heading for America where Alice meets the true love of her heart, Theodore Wakefield, to Sweet Valley California. Along the way you experience the heroic spirit of each of the women and their loves and losses. This is no drippy love novel but a novel that is filled with both bright and dark moments as each character faces challenges and love lost and found.
If you like this novel I suggest for Adult readers To Deep for Tears and for the younger reader The Wakefield Legacy: The Untold Story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is amazing. If you loved Sweet Valley before, you'll love it even more after reading this novel. I couldn't believe the captivating stories that Elizabeth and Jessica's ancestors had. I mean, w/ Elisabeth's death, to Ted Wakefield's involvement w/ Samantha and Amanda, everything is just gripping, and you can't stop reading it. I was surprised to learn how much Elizabeth and Jessica's paternal and maternal ancestors had intertwined. AWESOME BOOK..a must-have for any avid Sweet Valley reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like this book a lot and would definitely reccomend it to other Sweet Valley fans (and people who are not familiar with Sweet Valley). It was really dramatic and it's hard to say nothing about this book. However, "The Fowlers of Sweet Valley" is still the best book I have ever read. I highly reccomend that you read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Older readers will have to ignore the saccharine sweetness of this book and the incredibly huge number of coincidences, but The Wakefields of Sweet Valley is a light read that makes you happy that it all worked out in the end. The story of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield's maternal line starts with their great-great-great-grandmother Alice Larson, who on her journey from Sweden met a man named Theodore Wakefield (who is, of course, their great-great-great grandfather on their father's side). Every other generation meets up with the Wakefield generation, but somehow loses him until their mother marries Ned Wakefield.
This is a fast read and the writing is sometimes a little repetitive, so don't expect to take it too seriously. My biggest complaint is the number of coincidences, but it will certainly turn your emotions inside out and backwards. After all, there's no better story than that of lost love.
Oddly enough, I wasn't especially impressed with Alice Robertson's (Jessica and Elizabeth's mother) story as I was with the others. I didn't connect with her as strongly as I did with Elisabeth Johnson, the frontiergirl, or Amanda Watson, the twin of the Roaring Twenties, although I was happy that she finally got Ned in the end. She also dated a young Hank Patman, Bruce's father, which is yet another way that all the people in Sweet Valley seem to be rather tied together.
Be sure to read The Wakefield Legacy, which follows the ancestry of Jessica and Elizabeth's father, Ned Wakefield (beginning with Theodore), which fills in a lot of the gaps about what happened to those poor Wakefield men after Alice's ancestors lost them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 24, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story is wonderful! I am still reading it but I can tell by what I'm reading it's really good.
I especially liked reading about Samantha and Amanda when they were little.
And Marjorie is amazing!
Alice is neat And Mrs.Wakefield is neat!
I want to read the Fowlers of Sweet Valley also.
And when you read about Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield you will never feel the same about them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book 10 years ago, and for some reason even though I have gotten older I still read it every summer. It is that captivating!! This is a must read for any Sweet Valley Fan. The characters and story (though sometimes a bit trite from an older standpoint) are very real and full of real emotionds. Once you read it you will never forget it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Turtleback
This book has every thing romance, comedy, drama; you name, it has it. I loved the way the book flowed from one generation to the next. I couldn't put this book down. After I finished it I bought the next book.
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 20, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, I enjoyed the Sagas more than I did many of the regular books. It's really fun to see Alice Larson and her descendants make their way in this world, and the different trials and tribulations that each generation went through, even risking brushes with death.

This is a bit more mature than the usual Sweet Valley books, but I liked it because it gave more dimensionality to the characters. It was especially fun reading about the rivalry between Samantha and Amanda - and this sagas actually touches/interweaves a bit with the other Sweet Valley Sagas, so reading all 4 Sagas make for a fun reading experience. Even over ten years after reading this, I still remember it fondly.
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