Monday, November 29, 2010

Emily of Deep Valley

Often cited as Maud Hart Lovelace’s (of Betsy-Tacy fame) best novel, Emily of Deep Valley is now back in print, with a new foreword by acclaimed young adult author Mitali Perkins and new archival material about the characters’ real lives.

Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. The gulf between Emily and her classmates widens even more when they graduate from Deep Valley High School in 1912. Emily longs to go off to college with everyone else, but she can’t leave her grandfather. Emily resigns herself to facing a “lost winter,” but soon decides to stop feeling sorry for herself. And with a new program of study, a growing interest in the Syrian community, and a handsome new teacher at the high school to fill her days, Emily gains more than she ever dreamed...

In addition to her beloved Betsy-Tacy books, Maud Hart Lovelace wrote three more stories set in the fictional town of Deep Valley: Winona’s Pony Cart, Carney’s House Party and Emily of Deep Valley. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be delighted to find the Deep Valley books available again for the first time in many years.

If you would like to browse inside Emily of Deep Valley, go HERE.

Book Review

Although Emily of Deep Valley is set in 1912, the story of Emily is timeless.    The book begins with Emily's senior year.    Mixed in with all the excitement of parties and preparing for commencement, is the bittersweet awareness that she is not going off to college with all of her friends.     She has lived with her grandfather since she was very young.    She feels that she cannot leave him alone now that he is older and requires care.    

Reality sets in once all her friends step on the train to leave for college and the new school year begins.    Determined not to wallow in pity, she begins to look for ways to be useful.    God soon begins directing those ways across her path.     She learns that God uses you wherever you are as long as you are willing.

Emily of Deep Valley definitely has timeless lessons for all generations.     What a wonderful book!     I loved the fact that all the historical knowledge of the real people that this book series was based on was included in the back.    Such a treasure.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you loved Emily! Hope this leads you to Lovelace's Betsy Tacy series as well - it's a great one to read with young girls as it follows Betsy from age 5 through to her marriage just prior to the outbreak of WWI. Thanks for such a great post!