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Jonas and Olivia Fourteen year old Olivia Wilkerson is left desolate and grieving when her patriot father passes away Directed by his will to be placed in the care of an old friend Olivia is forced to venture away from all she’s ever known to make her new life among people who are strangers to herUnaware of the new responsibility about to be thrust on him Jonas Carmichael lives the life of a reclusive in an attempt to ignore the painful memories of the past His heart has grown hard and bitter over the past thirty years of solitude and his hatred towards people has only multipliedSuddenly burdened with Olivia Jonas’s only burning desire is to shove the girl off on somebody else But Olivia still suffering from her loss is only looking for someone to love her as her father did and soon realizes that there is to Jonas than meets the eyeWith the Revolutionary War pressing closer around Jonas’s secluded bubble of safety and threatening to burst it at any moment Jonas discovers that there are choices to be made choices that will not only affect himself but those around him as well

  • Paperback
  • 226 pages
  • Jonas and Olivia
  • Victoria Minks
  • English
  • 27 June 2015
  • 9780996993821

About the Author: Victoria Minks

Victoria Minks grew up as a third culture kid enjoying the life of a foreigner in four different locations in Japan and traveling all across the United States twice with her family This has instilled in her a love of travel and adventure and while she is currently attending college in the northern woods of Michigan she is eagerly anticipating her next adventure and location in life An avid b



10 thoughts on “Jonas and Olivia

  1. Faith Faith says:

    Jonas Olivia is a charming tale full of life changes sweet moments and all around whimsical beauty With a touch of mystery and intrigue it certainly kept me flipping the pages Set during the American Revolution this is a must read for lovers of historical fiction with sweet storylines The central theme to the story is this message that our Lord is the best Father we can ever have Though our beloved earthly father's will try their best give their all they can't really add up by comparison to God He will always be there to love us uphold us and just be our Father Miss Minks did a fabulous job of weaving a heart warming tale accurately displaying the flawed brokenness of us humans I loved all the characters so much They were portrayed in a way that I found to be very real relatable and lovable Olivia was an absolute sweetheart She's like a drop of sunshine in a world of darkness spreading light and good cheer whenever she goes She reminded me of Pollyanna from the childhood classic Though she was said to be fourteen years old she seemed a little younger to me Jonas is uite the intriguing character But as the story develops we see just how heart broken he really is Okay so uite honestly I wanted to ring his neck through a majority of the book That's good though right? And thenthere's Ishmael Where do I even begin people? He is so uiet and sweet Like can we just adopt him as my older brother? Please? spoilers ahead When Olivia taught him how to read and later led him to Jesus I CRIED PEOPLE Such sweet moments 3 end of spoilers There were so many times I laughed during this book With the Bradshaws over the nightcap at Nabby Culpepper Such good wholesome humor The only thing I can think of that I disagreed with aside from the fact that Olivia seemed immature for a teenager in the 18th century was that impersonal references to God and Jesus were not capitalized Proper nouns were but common nouns were not There wasn't any irreverence hinted at but coming from a house where 'He' 'You' etc are always capitalized in reference to God I disagreed with it uotes You should write some horrid novel Your outlook on life would do some tragic heroine justice I'm sure I have a sign—No one allowed or risk shots in your anatomyStrange isn't it all those lines we have on our hands?I know your God is realHope and Freedom of the soul first come from being a child of GodBut in that family there wouldn’t be an Ishmael—and there wouldn’t be JonasA broken heart still beats Jonas and it can mend And God loves to heal the broken thingsI received an e copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

  2. Sarah Grace Grzy Sarah Grace Grzy says:

    What a sweet storyInitially I found this a bit hard to get into but I kept reading and before long I couldn't put it down The characters were so fascinating sweet tender hearted Olivia; grumpy harsh and sometimes just downright cruel Jonas; Ishmael my favorite character 3 friendly gentle encouraging Ishmael He was so sweet And then of course your supporting characters such as Nabby I think that was her name??; Nabby was so hilarious and sweet The story was very interesting and kept me on my toes There were uite a few times I was like How on earth is this going to end?? I love the twists such as view spoilerOlivia's aunt hide spoiler

  3. Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls) Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls) says:

    About this book “Fourteen year old Olivia Wilkerson is left desolate and grieving when her patriot father passes away Directed by his will to be placed in the care of an old friend Olivia is forced to venture away from all she’s ever known to make her new life among people who are strangers to her Unaware of the new responsibility about to be thrust on him Jonas Carmichael lives the life of a reclusive in an attempt to ignore the painful memories of the past His heart has grown hard and bitter over the past thirty years of solitude and his hatred towards people has only multiplied Suddenly burdened with Olivia Jonas’s only burning desire is to shove the girl off on somebody else But Olivia still suffering from her loss is only looking for someone to love her as her father did and soon realizes that there is to Jonas than meets the eye With the Revolutionary War pressing closer around Jonas’s secluded bubble of safety and threatening to burst it at any moment Jonas discovers that there are choices to be made choices that will not only affect himself but those around him as well”Series As of now noSpiritual Content Prayers talking to God; Scriptures are mentioned uoted read talked about; Songs about God are sung; Some witnessing discussing; Talks about God faiths; Some ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God Jesus; Mentions of prayers praying blessings over food; Mentions of those places from the Bible; Mentions of Bibles Bible reading other Christian books; Mentions of Baptists churches church going ministers; Mentions of hymnssongs singing; Mentions of blessings being blessed; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of angels; A few mentions of seeking out God helping someone else; A few mentions of Christians faithsNegative Content A bit of eye rolling; Harsh words from Jonas to Olivia; Being scared in a storm being sick passing out up to semi detailed; Many mentions of wars battles fighting bloodshed; Mentions of prisonsjail attempts on lives being thrown stones at fires; Mentions of buildings ransacked burned to the ground; Mentions of illnesses deaths; Mentions of possible accidents dying deaths; Mentions of hunting shooting; Mentions of dead stuffed animals animal bones barely above not detailed; Mentions of dead mice; Mentions of a tattoo; A few mentions of taverns; A few mentions of lies; A few mentions of killing chickens; A couple mentions of beatings; A couple mentions of the possibility of a dead kitten; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of someone being hungSexual Content NA; Note A couple mentions of a mother of many that doesn’t show any signs of stopping having children A couple mentions of babies that died Jonas Carmichael Olivia Wilkerson age 14 POV switches between them others Set in the 1770s 226 pagesPre Teens One StarNew Teens Two StarsEarly High School Teens Three Stars Older High School Teens Four Stars My personal Rating Four StarsYou know this was really sweet It was lighter than most reads and no romance at all a positive thing but still had a good story in its own way Character wise Olivia is so positive I love it She reminded me a bit of Elsie from the Elsie Dins series but I liked Olivia much better ; I honestly just want to grab Jonas’ ear at some points and make him be nicer to Olivia I’ll admit that there were uite a few comments that I smirked over though There was some head jumpingnarration parts and some ‘whatever’s that felt out of place for the time period but overall it was a really cute and sweet read who’s ending I liked Link to reviewBFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this authorI received this book for free from the author for this honest review

  4. Allison Tebo Allison Tebo says:

    Utterly darling A delightful read I actually found myself tearing up than once this author writes with such incredible heart The characters are so good and I especially had a soft spot for Ishmael Oh he is such an amazing little boy and so incredibly sweet The relationship between Jonas and Olivia was amazing Jonas was so lovable despite his impossible nature and Olivia was so dauntless I love the Revolutionary War as a time setting but this genre has been so overdone especially for young readers This authoress avoided all of the usual hackneyed plot devices such as meeting George Washington and produced one of the most original Revolutionary War tales I have ever read I would have never thought of approaching this epic time period with such a uniue and intimate way it was fabulous My only critiue is that sometimes the main girl and another little girl seemed just a little bit modern in some of their reactions and the ending which was very sweet seemed just a smidgen abrupt but those were my ONLY critiues I loved this book so much I was looking for a paperback copy while I was still reading it and bought said copy the next day This is a treat to treasure and I dearly dearly hope that Ms Minks is writing a seuel This book will not disappoint

  5. Olivia Olivia says:

    What a uniue story Every character is different and while it didn't always feel like the 1770s like the 1800s I loved the setting I can't really decide who my favorite character is There's Ishmael who can't talk but can hear; there's Olivia yay for characters who have my name who always tries to keep positive; and then there's Jonas who's gruffness isn't as deep as he pretends it to be There are many minor characters that are fun and add interest to the storyThis is a perfect book for all ages and has a great spiritual thread throughout that will encourage believers and non believers to find rest in God I also like the theme of forgiveness and loving one another

  6. Hannah Hannah says:

    Wow what a fun sweet storyWhile there were a few things that didn't add up with the musical stuff view spoilera piano would have been referred to as pianoforte still and historic gut strings on a violin would have crumbled to nothingness in thirty years of disuse hide spoiler

  7. Amanda Tero Amanda Tero says:

    What happens when a bitter old man has a serious minded talkative little girl thrown into his life? What would break sooner? Her happiness or his crustiness?Jonas and Olivia was a super sweet story The writing will probably be best enjoyed by younger teens but I liked it Olivia made me think of Pollyanna seeing the good in everything and practically portrayed as a perfect child In some ways she seemed younger than fourteen but she was still a delightful character Jonas and Ishmael were both well developed characters and I liked them very much for who they wereSet during the pre revolutionary era it didn't uite have a strong historical feel even though a lot was mentioned of the upcoming war I realize this could just be my personal opinionThis was a very clean Christian and uplifting read The main Christian theme was trusting God as a loving father There weren't any scenes that made me cringe I would hand it to an eight year old without any ualmsSome favorite uotes“If there is a piano Olivia decided taking a deep breath it will be all right”“A broken heart is not easily mended but a hardened heart has to be broken again in order to mend”I received this book from the author in exchange of my honest review

  8. Andrea Cox Andrea Cox says:

    This sweet story was charming and a delight My favorite aspect was the fun uirky characters They pulled me in right away and kept me intrigued throughout The surprises along the journey were uniue and unpredictable I really enjoyed this story There is plenty of room for growth with this author and I’m interested to see how her storytelling skills sharpen and strengthen with timeRating 4 starsReasons Lack of uality copyediting andor proofreading lead had an odd obsession with her deceased father and child endangerment issues in a couple of chapters near the end

  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    Age Appropriate For All AgesBest for Ages 10 20I’ve been really happy to have Kindle Unlimited I’ve been able to read so many books that have been sitting on my to read list for so long This book was one that was recommended to me uite a bit a few years ago I can see whyThis book has a very sweet feeling about the whole thing It isn’t a romance it isn’t preachy and it isn’t lacking in interesting things going on It had a Heidi feel about it as Olivia is such a dear young girl and Jonas is such a gruff old man While not preachy this book did have a wonderful faith element It was perfect for a younger audience but also solid enough for older readers to still appreciate it I think parents will appreciate that this is a very clean faith filled readThe setting is America during the Revolution but that didn’t factor hugely into the story but added a very nice backdrop Knowing it was going on also really helped to showcase what kind of a person Jonas was I highly recommend this book for younger readers those who are looking for a story with a sweet feel and those who like stories that are free of romance

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    Jonas and Olivia is on the surface a simple story about orphaned hearts healing together through a special faith and unconditional love There is angst natural grief and a fair amount of grumping from each of the principal characters as they adjust to their changing lifestyle; for Jonas it's a thirty year wake up; for Ishmael the silent servant it's a journey of several years and for Olivia the catalyst character it's a mere few days A lot can happen in a fortnightMinks shares the theme of her historical novel well in her summary so I won't elaborate The story is told through multiple viewpoints but primarily through Olivia and Jonas's perspectives I hadn't reread the summary and mistakenly thought the story might be a romance until I realized Jonas was a contemporary of her father and not a romantic figure despite being portrayed as almost a Heathcliff type character but that was my fault Olivia might be an orphaned teen but even in grief and fear her maturity shows others who have reason to feel alone through choice or circumstances that we are never abandoned As a historian I also scrambled to fact check a couple of aspects of daily life and was pleased to see that all was very much in orderFor such a young author Minks has done extremely well showing an understanding of story and character an excellent grasp of language grammar and punctuation with only minor lapses I don't even count on mature writers to display myself included Well done Recommended for those who love daily life in the Revolutionary War era in American history and for any age reader probably avid readers preteen and up

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