Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

A bellwether is one that takes the lead or initiative; one that sets trends; an  indicator or predictor of something.  In Bellewether  by Susanna Kearsley, the eldest son chooses to name his ship Bellewether because he says it will lead the other ships across the waters.  When his mother corrects his spelling, he responds that Belle is the French word for Beauty.  I can’t help thinking that Susanny Kearsley chose this title to emphasize to the reader that the family in her story was a bit ahead of their time, and to encourage us to become bellwethers in our own time.

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