April 8, 2011

SVH Saga, The Wakefield Legacy: The Untold Story: I’m Sorry, We’re All Out of Colons

Posted in books tagged , , , at 11:20 pm by Jenn

Under the flap is the Hindenburg. I am not kidding

Summary: We already got Alice’s family history; this is Ned’s.

1866: Theodore Wakefield, son of the Earl of Wakefield, is expected to marry his brother’s fiancée after his brother dies. He doesn’t want to, so instead he heads to America. On the way, he meets Alice Larson, whom he saves from drowning. As we already know, they get separated after they arrive in the States, and remain each other’s “one who got away.”

1876: Theodore works for the circus, training horses. There’s a young half-Native-American trapeze artist named Dancing Wind who has a big ol’ crush on him. Jessamyn shows up and Theodore thinks that her mother might be his long-lost Alice. Worried that she could lose Theodore, Dancing Wind attempts a dangerous stunt to get his attention, but ends up injuring herself and ending her career as a circus performer. Still, it works, as Theodore realizes he’s in love with her. They end up getting married and having twins, Sarah and James, but Dancing Wind dies just after giving birth.

1905-1907: Sarah falls in love with a boy named Edward, who her father doesn’t approve of because he’s not rich. They secretly see each other until James dues of influenza and Sarah feels guilty about lying. Theodore reads Sarah’s diary, learns about her relationship with Edward, and tells her to break things off or move out. Sarah bites the bullet and runs off with Edward. They go to San Francisco to get married, but before they can, the great San Francisco earthquake hits and they’re trapped in a hotel. They get sort-of married and have sex, but Edward dies trying to save someone else in the hotel.

Sarah goes home to Theodore and soon learns that she’s knocked up. She admits that she and Edward weren’t legally married, and Theodore sends her off to have her illegitimate child by herself. After the baby (also named Edward) is born, Theodore comes to get Sarah, telling her she can’t bring the baby with her. She refuses to go with her father but also doesn’t want her child to be raised with the stigma of illegitimacy, so she decides to tell him he’s an orphan and she’s his aunt.

1924-1937: Edward, Jr., now called Ted (as in the guy in Samantha and Amanda’s story), works in a jazz club but wants to be a journalist. He hangs out with jazz musicians, befriending the daughter of one; she encourages him to follow his dream and write. He decides to forgo college, but Sarah doesn’t support his decision. Soon after, she learns that her father has died and finally comes clean to Ted about his real family history. For some reason, this makes him decide to go to college after all.

We get little pieces of Ted’s side of the Amanda/Samantha story, and learn that he never found out that Samantha fooled him. After what he thought was Amanda’s betrayal, he heads to Dancing Wind’s reservation to learn more about her tribe. There, he meets a journalist named Julia Marks. There’s some stuff about a broken treaty and her wanting to break the story about it, but it’s all just backdrop to Ted and Julia falling in love, even though he didn’t think he was ready to be with anyone after what happened with Amanda. But they end up getting married and have a son, Robert.

Julia goes to Germany on assignment and uncovers some of the doings of the Nazis, another story she wants to break. Before she can, she takes a fateful trip on the Hindenburg. Yes, they went there.

1943-1945: 16-year-old Robert lies about his age so he can enlist to fight in World War II. His ship is sent to the Philippines to rescue some American nurses who have been captured as POWs by the Japanese. One of them is Hannah Weiss, a Jewish 18-year-old who also enlisted when she was 16. She’s managed to use a radio to contact American soldiers, and she and Robert start communicating (and falling in love, of course). When the women are finally liberated, Hannah and Robert finally meet for the first time and continue their relationship in person. He proposes just after the war ends and they get married on his ship. Years later, they have Ned.

1960s: This is the boring section, and it goes on forever. Long story short: Hank Patman is a jerk and won’t leave Ned’s cousin Rachel alone. Ned is upset about how migrant workers are treated, and Hank doesn’t care. Ned, Rachel, and Hank all end up at the same college (and as we know, Alice goes there, too). Ned dates a hippie chick named Rainbow, only she’s not really a hippie; she wanted to get close to Ned by pretending they had hippie things in common, but she really just wants a lawyer boyfriend. I don’t know. Ned saves Alice from drowning and falls for her, but she’s with Hank. Blah, blah, Ned’s side of Alice’s story from the other book, and we all know how it ends.

Thoughts: I know I read this book when I was younger, but the Dancing Wind section is the only part I remember.

So Ned is part Native American and half Jewish – who knew?

Sarah writes stories and wears a watch. Yeah, got it.

Edward and Sarah get “married” by writing their vows on a piece of paper. Grey’s Anatomy totally stole this idea!

Why doesn’t Sarah just tell Ted that she’s his mother and his father’s dead? The lie about being his aunt makes no sense.

Major continuity failure: In Nowhere to Run, Hannah told Emily that when she met Robert, he was widowed and had an 11-year-old son. But in this book, when they first start talking, Robert’s only 16. Big oops there.

1 Comment »

  1. svhfan said,

    The idea of Ned Wakefield being Jewish and Native is just so stupid. You call tell the ghost writers went out of their way to exotify the Wakefields by adding ridiculous ancestors that pop up out of nowhere. What’s wrong with being boring old white bread americans?

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