Do you remember these? Scholastic put them out in the '80s. It was a line of (sweet) young adult historical romances. Each book featured a different era of American history and a teenage protagonist who had to choose between two men. (Check out the Smart Bitches take on Sunfire covers as spoiler art.)
These were already out of print by the time I discovered them in my middle school library. (Yes, I distinctly remember my 7th grade self checking out Amanda to enjoy and Great Expectations to impress people.) Sadly, I did not get a chance to read them all--but I certainly sampled a representative variety.
As with all romance novel series, the quality of books definitely varied. Of the ones I read, my favorite romances had to be (in chronological order):
- Marilee (Jamestown: Mary Francis Shura)
- Amanda (Oregon Trail: Candice F. Ransom)
- Caroline (Gold Rush: Willow Davis Roberts)
- Susannah (Civil War: Candice F. Ransom)
I have actually promised myself that, once I finally finish my National Boards portfolio, I'm going to reward myself by tracking down a few of those Sunfires I never read.
Did you ever read any Sunfire books? If so, which were your favorites--and why?