True confession: I could write about the unnamed heroine's hair all day long.
But I won't. There is a theme that has to play into this story for various reasons.
Because Henry Bell and his daughter travel, by necessity she can't exactly be enrolled in any school. Which, of course, sends up all kinds of red flags with local authorities.
As well, we have a dark-haired father with a very light-skinned, blonde daughter. The dissimilarity in appearance sends up red flags too.
The blonde heroine who is the eventual love interest might have a card to play if there is some nefarious reason the child becomes a legal pawn. Do you see where I'm going with this?
So back to homeschooling on the road. Turns out the proper term is roadschooling. More information here.