I've adored Ann Rinaldi ever since I first discovered her works in 8th grade. She writes fascinating YA history. Sarah's Ground is no exception.
Sarah is a great character. She's a woman who is sick of having her family decide her fate, regardless of whether or not it is tradition. She feels that her family deciding which family member she lives with, or even which man is suitable husband material, is not that different than selling a horse at auction. So Sarah takes matters into her own hands and applies for a job as caretaker for George Washingtons house, which has fallen into disrepair since his death.
I thought that Sarah was such a strong character, and part of her appeal was that she doesnt realize her own strength until much later. She just thinks of herself as stubborn and trying because thats how her family had thought of her.
She not only has to deal with a meddlesome, prejudiced neighbor, but has to try to avoid scandal when her chaperone must go to attend her sick mother, just leaving Sarah with the servants and Mr. Herbert. But the real obstacles come when Sarah decides not only to keep her opinions neutral during the war, but to keep the grounds of George Washingtons estate neutral as well.
Its an intriguing read that I finished rather quickly and loved every moment of. The endings of Rinaldis books are always the best part. They leave you satisfied and ready to read the next great adventure.
Interesting story and characters, but the writing style was kind of..boring, drug out..not exactly sure how to describe it. It's a quick read and a cool story, but don't expect mind blowing writing.