Emily of Deep Valley

August 11, 2014

You all might know that I'm a HUGE Maud Hart Lovelace fan, and a rabid devoted lover of every single Betsy-Tacy book. Maybe though, unless you're a major devotee like moi-self, you might be unaware that the Betsy-Tacy books carried on right through to her adulthood and marriage. Last spring (yes, these pix are from the spring ~ that's how far behind I am on certain blog projects I've been wanting to do!), I read again ALL of the Betsy books covering her teen years and her wedding.

Then I was like, well WHAT NOW??? Happily, I realized that there were other books set in Betsy's Deep Valley world that I had not read. So I got this one, 'Emily of Deep Valley' and added it to my collection of Betsy-Tacy books.

Guess what I'm going to say.......

SO DELIGHTFUL AND CHARMING! First, if you're not familiar with any of the books whatsoever (GASP), let me tell you that if you're an 'Anne of Green Gables' series fan, you will love these books with all of your heart.

Betsy does not feature in this book, except for a couple of scenes, but that in no way diminishes this darling story about a shy, quiet teen girl who struggles to find her own path after high school. Can a book be utterly sweet? Because this one is! Next, I'm going to get my mitts on 'Carney's House Party' and then....I'll have read every Deep Valley book. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a teen in the early 1900's, you have to read the works of Maud Hart Lovelace. (there were a LOT of ice cream socials! holding hands was a BIG deal.)

Warning: I got really obsessed. I found this site and spent the better part of a month reading every thing I could find to read about Maud Hart Lovelace. Did you know ~ her books about Betsy weren't really fiction. They are thinly veiled autobiographies. She wrote down pretty much her exact life story, changed everyone's names and even used excerpts from real life letters sent from her sister in the books.  A few key facts were changed (when her husband came into her life is a bit different from the events set down in the books), but basically, to read about Betsy is to read about Maud's real life.

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12 comments:

  1. What a fascinating author and book series! I have sadly never heard of her or her books so thank you for blogging about this! It will be definitely on my To READ books and I hope my daughter will eventually like them as well!

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    1. ALL of the books in the series are sweeter than sweet. I loved the first 4 books when I was in about 3rd-4th grades -- the others I read when I was older! Really darling and just...NICE books about a time in America long gone!

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  2. Oh, dear. I still need to read the rest of the Betsy-Tacy books. We started book 2, then jumped back into Oz. (We listened to Book 1 on audio.)

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    1. Oz is much more exciting than Betsy-Tacy, no offense to Maud Hart Lovelace!!! I think I read them in the 4th grade. :)

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  3. I'm not quite finished with the Betsy-Tacy series; I finished Betsy and Joe last month.

    Have you read Carney's House Party? I started reading it, but got distracted by other books and wound up returning it to the library.

    by the way, I've been lurking at your blog for a while, and I love your enthusiasm for books :)

    --Belinda

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    1. Betsy and Joe is THE GREATEST!!!!!

      Are you my Pinterest friend Belinda? Or another Belinda?? Love your name, at any rate! I'm the queen of lurking, it's all good :) ~ I definitely lurk more than I comment on other blogs! I have not read Carney's House Party yet!!! That one and Winona's Pony Cart are in the same volume I think and those are the only ones I haven't read!

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    2. No, I'm not your Pinterest friend, maybe I should be! Thanks for the compliment on my name. When I was a girl I didn't like it much--all the other girls seemed to have cute names like Jenny or Julie. But I think it fits me.

      My sister's name is Melissa. :)

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    3. well hurray for awesome names all around! There's a nice lady I follow on Pinterest named Belinda and I really don't run into that name very much! I think it's lovely :)

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  4. I recently purchased the first two Betsy-Tacy for my oldest daughter...you've convinced me to read them for myself!!!

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    1. every SINGLE one of the books in this series is charming and darling!!

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  5. I did a bit of digging into Emily of Deep Valley and found a hidden reference. Remember at the end, where Emily is irritated with Stoopid Don Walker and he tries to quote Robert Browning to her about his "so-called" engagement? He not only gets the title of the poem wrong; he gets the quote from the wrong poem. Emily probably picked up on that. He said "...Remember 'The Lost Duchess'...". Browning's poem was called "My Last Duchess". The quote he gave her was not from that poem, either. It was from "Andrea Del Sarto" about a man in love with a vapid and shallow, beautiful woman whom he cannot live without. Stupid Jerk...Emily had spent all winter studying Browning and she knew he was wrong, better yet, she didn't even care enough anymore to bother to correct him!

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  6. I did a bit of digging into Emily of Deep Valley and found a hidden reference. Remember at the end, where Emily is irritated with Stoopid Don Walker and he tries to quote Robert Browning to her about his "so-called" engagement? He not only gets the title of the poem wrong; he gets the quote from the wrong poem. Emily probably picked up on that. He said "...Remember 'The Lost Duchess'...". Browning's poem was called "My Last Duchess". The quote he gave her was not from that poem, either. It was from "Andrea Del Sarto" about a man in love with a vapid and shallow, beautiful woman whom he cannot live without. Stupid Jerk...Emily had spent all winter studying Browning and she knew he was wrong, better yet, she didn't even care enough anymore to bother to correct him!

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