BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Valley Saga: The Wakefields of Sweet Valley, by Kate William

Released: July 1, 1991
Source: Owned (one of my dinosaur books!)

Genre: Classic YA

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.

Why I Read This Book

This has been in my collection forever. It was time for a reread.

My Thoughts

This book has been somewhat of a relic on my bookshelf. I seem to have kept very few books of my childhood, but Sweet Valley Saga seems to have hung on through garage sales, moving from one home to another, and now to another, and through general purging. I remember when I first read it, so many years ago, I loved it.

The first story in particular, with Jessica and Elizabeth’s great grandmother coming over to America on the ship, throwing herself overboard to save a young boy who got washed off in a storm — all of it amazed me. I remember feeling so intrigued from the first page, thinking it was almost scandalous to be reading such a romantic book at a young age.

In fact, this story is such a classic, that I can’t really say anything bad about it! I had been hoping to give the book another read, now that it’s been over twenty years since its publication date, and I’m sure glad that I picked it up again. With its yellowing pages and spine that’s falling apart, it brought back memories of the good old days when I’d read the Sweet Valley books or The Babysitter’s Club — it almost makes me want to scour the used bookstore shelves to collect more books from my past.

If you’re a lover of the Sweet Valley High books, or just like classic YA literature, this is for you! Unfortunately, I don’t think you can buy it anymore?

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9 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Sweet Valley Saga: The Wakefields of Sweet Valley, by Kate William

  1. I used to love Sweet Valley High books! I haven’t read this one though, maybe it will be in the I love reading books that I end up loving so much that I read them over and over!

    Also, I just noticed your new? sig! I love it!

  2. So this is the story of the Jessica and Elizabeth’s parents? I don’t think I ever read this one, but I love that you just reread it and reviewed it! Every time I’m in a used bookstore, I tell myself that if I come across the first in The Babysitter’s Club, I’m definitely buying it lol.

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