On the morning of her wedding to childhood friend Birdie, feisty village girl Pell decides to leave her family and home behind her forever in search of freedom and independence. Determined to escape a future of childbearing, drudgery and sorrow, she makes for the open road, accompanied only by her white horse Jack and her youngest brother Bean. Yet away from the safety of the village, trouble soon strikes, and without anywhere else to turn, Pell falls into the company of a mysterious and solitary hunter, unsure whether he will prove a friend or foe.
What happens next is perhaps not exactly surprising and indeed, in many ways, The Bride’s Farewell is a rather more conventional young adult novel than we have come to expect from Rosoff. However, there are nonetheless plenty of twists and turns in store: brooding rural landscapes aside, this is an unpredictable, quirky and distinctly contemporary take on the rural romance tradition. Pell is a likable and engaging heroine, and this compelling tale of her search to discover her identity and a place to belong has a particularly timeless quality that is likely to strike a chord with Rosoff’s young fans.
Any Cop?:A deft revisioning of the historical romance tradition for a young 21st century readership, The Bride’s Farewell is a gracefully written and genuinely engrossing read.