Aunt Jane's Hero

by Elizabeth Prentiss
292 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Interesting and contemplative read.


Horace is a young man lost in the ways of the world without enough money to afford it, but he has a special blessing, an "Aunt Jane" who keeps his feet on the ground and with gentle admonitions reminds him of what is truly important: God. After enduring the Civil War, Horace begins truly surrendering to God and marries a godly girl who fills his heart with love and guides him to higher paths. Together they struggle and grow through various trials and blessings under the loving guidance of Aunt Jane.


Very high. Right and wrong are clearly shown, and Aunt Jane is a very godly figure.

Spiritual Content

All of the main characters are Protestant Christian and the book is the story of their spiritual growth.


A main character is wounded in battle and loses a leg. Two main characters get very sick, almost to death.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is drunk by minor characters, but it is frowned upon.

Sexual Content

There is kissing between married couples. Husband/wife things are hinted at, but only in the most pure and subtle ways.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



Aunt Jane's Hero is definitely one of the books that have challenged me in my spiritual walk. On the outset, the book looks like a boring story about perfect people (Aunt Jane and Maggie) reaching down to convict the sinners (Horace and Maggie's sister Annie), yet there is so much more to this book, so much depth and beauty. Horace and his wife go through many little and major trials as we all do, they fail and speak or behave wrongly sometimes, even doubting God, yet He brings them through each thing, strengthening them and growing them closer to Himself. Through Annie and Tom, the story brings out other difficulties and sins to look for in our own lives. Aunt Jane's Hero is touching, humorous and deeply edifying.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

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