Jonas and Olivia was written by Victoria Minks. This book contains 226 pages and takes place during the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Olivia Wilkerson is sent to live with Jonas Carmichael after her father, a renowned Baptist lawyer, passes away. Jonas was her father’s best friend when they were both young. Jonas didn’t know that Chauncey Wilkerson had died, and was also unaware that Olivia would be living with him. He is an old, secluded man and does not want to have a young girl living with him. He sends out letters, trying to find someone to take her.
Olivia is not happy when she arrives at Jonas’s mansion. She is still mourning her father, and living with an old, grouchy man does not make her very happy. Still, she finds comfort in trying to talk to Ishmael, the servant boy, and in making friends with Nabby Culpepper, a girl from the village.
As the book continues, we learn more about Jonas’s background, and why he is so hardened. I won’t tell you much about it, except that he has had much sorrow in his life.
One day, Olivia spots a carriage coming down the road, and sees it stop if front of the gates. She runs outside to tell them that Jonas does not welcome visitors, but they tell her that they are her aunt and uncle, come to take her away. She packs her clothes, and leaves with them.
Jonas gets a letter from someone else who is willing to take her, and goes after them, to tell her. He cannot find her, though, and goes back to his house with a heavy heart.
Will Jonas and Olivia get re-united? Will there be a happily-ever-after? Read the book to find out!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is the first book by Victoria Minks that I have read, and it certainly my expectations. I especially liked how Olivia (spoiler alert!) taught Ishmael to read. I also loved how Jonas ever… so… slowly… warmed up to Olivia.
The beginning of this book was a little slow, but for the last half of it, I was on the edge of my seat! For this reason only, I would like to give it four stars (instead of five)! Jonas and Olivia deserves a huge round of applause!
Interview with Victoria Minks!!!
Thanks for joining us today, Victoria!
–Figuring out Olivia’s character, probably. She took a bit more time to develop fully, and I spent a long time trying to understand her better and ‘dig deeper’.
About the author:
Victoria Minks was born in Oklahoma but moved to Japan as a missionary kid at age 3. Since then, she has enjoyed the life of a foreigner in four different locations in Japan.
An avid bookworm ever since she can remember, she has cultivated a desire for telling stories since a young age.
She has multiple favorites, but a few of them would be chocolate, music, historical fiction, horses, cowboy boots, old books, and rain. She believes life is a gift from God full of whimsical beauty and strives to honor God in it.
Link to Victoria’s blog HERE