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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