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Compared to the first two books, the first half of Superior Heritage was a little uneventful. As usual, Tichelaar is a great storyteller and his characters real and so well developed I forget they are fictional. But there were lots of descriptions of family get-togethers and too much religious philosophy for my liking. It was almost like reading a family diary. I was disappointed that Ellen did not pursue her artistic passion (or at least pick them up in her later years) but faded into becoming John Vandelaare's mother and settling into what became a passionless marriage, when she had been so adamant not to get married in the first place.
The second half of the book focuses on John Vandelaare and that's when it really took off for me. The most touching part of this book was the relationship John had with his grandparents and the loss he felt when they died. I felt it too since I had followed their history since the beginning. I liked John and his "old-fashioned" morals, his love for his hometown and his secret passion for writing. I would have liked for Wendy's character to be more fully developed, though, perhaps to have her enter the story sooner than just toward the very end.
I can't help but think that John's character represents Tichelaar himself. As a matter of fact, I think Tichelaar wrote the Marquette Trilogy based partly on his own family's history. The ending was very satisfying and it kindled a desire in me to search my own family's roots, and to want to visit Marquette itself! If you live in Michigan, especially in the U.P. (or anywhere else for that matter), I recommend you start by picking up Iron Pioneers and enjoy history through some great storytelling from a seventh generation Marquette resident whose love of the Upper Peninsula resonates beautifully and proudly.
"Superior Heritage" is the final book in the Marquette Trilogy. For those of you who don't know, Marquette is a town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In this third novel, everything comes together. While new characters are introduced and become the focus of the story line, Tichelaar uses these characters to take us back in time and tie up loose ends with old characters as well. The author also does an excellent job of helping the reader keep the characters all straight. Throughout the three books, many years are covered...which means many generations of characters. Yet the reader is able to keep them all situated in their mind due to Tichelaar's skillful storytelling.
I can't say enough good things about this series. Even if you have no interest what-so-ever in the settlement of a small town in Michigan, (I know I didn't at first..) you still can't help but become entranced with these novels. Order Iron Pioneers today and give it a try. I promise when you're done you'll go back and order the following two..
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