||Jan 1 2001
Rosemount, a fast-paced young adult contemporary Western set in high Desert country.
Mary E. Trimble
Alone and frightened, sixteen-year-old Leslie Cahill learns that running away has not solved her problems, it's only added to them. Eastern Washington and Oregon's wilderness and wide-open ranch
country are the settings for this contemporary western. Based on Leslie's determination to resist her
rancher father's wishes that she attend an exclusive girls boarding school, "Rosemount" is action-packed with modern ranch scenes, wilderness adventures and family dynamics.
"Dad, I don't want to go away to school." And so it begins. Sixteen year-old Leslie Cahill tries to deal with feelings of betrayal and confusion she has over her banishment to an all girls boarding school. She runs away and learns all too fast what life in the "real world" can be like. Rosemount is a story of modern ranch life, and a story of survival. Share Leslie's lonely journey towards growing up.
Rosemosunt review by Cindy Penn, Wordweaving.com
Word Wrap: A book review by Cindy Penn
by Mary E. Trimble
Publisher: Atlantic Bridge Publishing
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Western, also General Fiction)
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN and Price:Trade Paperback: 1-931761-52-3, $13.50; E-formats: 1-931761-21-3, $5.00
1 to 1.5 million kids run away from home each year. (U.S. Department of Justice, p.11)
13% of high school students have run away at some time. An additional 20% contemplated running
away. (Miller, p.2)
About seven in ten teen runaways return home or are reunited with their families. The rest fall victim to
violence, crime, prostitution, child pornographers, or starvation on the street. (Rosenbaum, p.261)*
ROSEMOUNT by Mary E. Trimble is a must read for all teenagers contemplating running away,
and every parent of teenagers. Thoughtful and entertaining, ROSEMOUNT is a fictional account
of an all too common story, as seen by the statistics listed above, of a teen running from home.
ROSEMOUNT clearly demonstrates how a successful, happy teen can resort to extreme action
when no other options seem available.
Leslie Cahill has it all: a family that loves her, a beautiful horse named Polly, an incredible best
friend Janelle, and a school she enjoys attending. At least, she has it all until her father decides to
send her off to a boarding school, thereby separating her from friends and family.
Leslie believes she knows her father's secret motivation. He's begun dating Lilith, a lovely bank
teller with a snotty, spike-headed, fat, thirteen-year-old daughter named Roxanne. To Leslie, it's
apparent that her father wants to get her out of the way, since she could never possibly share her
bedroom with Roxanne. Unfortunately, she never asks her father if this is his reason for sending
her to Rosemount.
Believing there is no other solution, Leslie runs away from Rosemount almost immediately upon
arrival. She has her escape carefully planned from a discardable suitcase to hiking boots. She has
sufficient money to last a while, but neglects to plan where to go, or how she would survive once
Fortunately, Leslie meets another hiker named Cyrus, whose valuable advice spares her many of
the mistakes she would have otherwise made. Nevertheless, she refused to heed his most valuable
advice to call home.
Vulnerable, frightened, victimized by other runaways, Leslie learns the impossible task she has set
for herself. While her friends are returning to school, she's struggling to find a safe place to sleep
and enough food to last another day. Worse, she feels totally alone.
ROSEMOUNT is an important lesson to parents and teens regarding communication.
Furthermore, Mary Trimble obviously carefully researched the background of this wonderful
novel, basing it on in a visit she paid to Eastern Washington ranches where she "participated in
roundup and branding, learning first-hand about the dust, noise and mess of working cattle." She
has even camped in several of the places Leslie camps. I strongly recommend ROSEMOUNT to
all teens and their parents.
Statistical information provided by Runaway Me: A Survivor's Story
National Runaway Switchboard and Suicide Hotline 1-800-621-4000 For more information about teen
Growing Up is Hard To Do, by Elizabeth K. Burton
Rosemount, by Mary E. Trimble
No matter how wonderful the exclusive Rosemount School is, 16-year-old Leslie
Cahill doesn't want to go there. She's quite happy with her friends and her public
school, and she thinks her father is just making excuses to get rid of her when he says
he wants her to go to Rosemount to avoid violence. She's convinced he wants her out
of the house to make room for a new wife and stepdaughter.
So, when she can't change his mind Leslie runs away from Rosemount, only to
discover, as Kris Kristofferson pointed out, "freedom's just another word for nothin' left
to lose." Although her life on the road initially seems fine, she quickly finds herself
penniless and hungry, but her pride will not let her do the one really smart thing--call
Mary Trimble spares no sympathy for her young protagonist, exposing her fear
and loneliness when she believes she is being replaced in her father's heart but also
her thoughtless anger and stubborn pride. Granted, Leslie never truly falls into serious
physical danger and has the good fortune to stumble on a mentor early on--a
backpacking teacher who gives her some helpful hints on surviving on the road. The
emotional effects of her flight, however, are sharply drawn and show Ms. Trimble has
done her homework. She is not writing a textbook on the horrors of running away, but a
novel about what can happen when families become too involved with their individual
lives to fully communicate with each other. There are no dire warnings here, but rather
a plea for recognition of others' feelings and respect for their desires.
Rosemount is a superbly written tale of one young woman's trip from childhood
to maturity, set in the exquisite--and exquisitely described--farm and ranch country of
the Pacific Northwest. Teens who feel no one listens to them will likely identify easily
with Leslie, while adults can also learn from not only her plight but that of her father and
brother. This is a book that should be on every school's recommended-reading list and
every teen's bookshelf.
Rosemount, Reviewed by Detra Fitch
Leslie Cahill was a sophomore. She, along with her much older brother, Wade, helped
her father with the ranch. She thought her life was perfect, until Rosemount.
John Cahill was determined that Leslie attend Rosemount, a boarding school for girls.
Leslie was just as determined NOT to go! However, her dad forced her to. Leslie knew
he was dating Lilith. She also knew Lilith had a daughter. So Leslie was convinced
John was sending her off to a boarding school so he could marry and have a new
family. When her dad dropped her off at her new dorm, Leslie ran away!
The school called about six hours after Leslie disappeared. Wade got the call before
John had even got home and he immediately set off to locate his sister and bring her
home for a serious family meeting! But Leslie had planned well. She had cut her hair,
gotten a false photo I.D., her saving account, and a back pack of food and clothes.
This book covers about two weeks of Leslie's life as a run-away. She was lucky to meet
one of two nice people who helped her out! The author did an excellent job of showing
the story from Leslie's point-of-view, as well as, John and Wade's. I never set the book
down once. It was that amazing! Highly recommend for ages 13 and up!
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Reader Reviews for "Rosemount"
|Sixteen-year-old Leslie Cahill makes good grades, has nice friends, and a family who loves her. A talented pianist and a good hand with a horse, Leslie loves her home, a ranch in Washington state, and is devastated when she finds out her dad, John Cahill, intends to send her away to school. After a young girl is attacked at the local high school of Chewack, John sees no other alternative. Having raised her alone after his wife died, the safety of his daughter is paramount.
Leslie sees it differently and suspects she is being sent away in order to make room in her Dad's life for his new love interest, Lilith, and her daughter Roxanne. Leslie, hurt and saddened to the point of desperation, takes the situation into her own hands, and with disastrous results. This story is about perception, family ties and love, and the danger of supposing what motivates another. Throughout the story Leslie's heart is always right, her actions always understandable, and the lessons she learns always real.
Rosemount, though listed as a young adult novel, is just a plain good read, no matter your age. Ms. Trimble knows ranching, livestock, and the lay of the land in this story that takes the reader on a cross-country journey filled with authentic detail, and I know because I lived there. She knows the teenage heart and mind, too, and seems to understand a parent's anguish when they fear for their children, a striking contrast that Ms. Trimble handles with exceptional skill and insight.
From the first page to the last, I was captivated by the story and involved with the unique cast of characters: Leslie, John, Wade, and Cyrus, one of my personal favorites, Maureen, Clem, another personal favorite, Dutch, and even Roxanne. As Clem says, "Plannin' ain't doin'," and that's the truth. Don't plan on reading this entertaining tale, but do so. Even though I've just now finished the story, I miss the characters already. I highly recommend this book to readers of any age, sixteen to sixty and beyond. I hope we can look forward to more novels from Mary Trimble, a sublime storyteller, with a knack for bringing to the surface the treasures that are right in front of us, but so easily missed.
|Reviewed by P. Maine
|If you’ve forgotten the bewilderment of being a teen, Mary E. Trimble’s ROSEMOUNT will remind you. She makes you feel Leslie Cahill’s pain and agony. ROSEMOUNT is a delightful read and I highly recommend it. It is a book I plan to read with our four grandchildren, and recommend it for everyone.
Mary E. Trimble