Oh my what a book!! This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. It is so full of life. Love, friendship, family, hard times, good times, history...
In Maud Hart Lovelace’s book, “Emily of Deep Valley” we find Emily, a orphaned girl about to graduate from high school. She is feeling so torn. She knows she has to take care of her grandpa, who has taken care of her since her parents and grandmother passed, but she also has a strong desire to go to college with all her friends. She stays with grandpa though and gets pretty creative continuing her education. She makes new friends, yet maintains her old friendships. She finds new love even though she struggles with letting go of her high school crush. She learns and she teaches.
Emily is such a giving person. She has a servants heart that illustrates what Jesus wants us all to have. She definitely puts others first and in the end is such a better person because of it.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it is a classic we will keep around. We are a family that enjoys reading together and this book will be added to our list of books to read.
I want to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
That's a good question. I've been trying to figure it out myself, spending most of my life crossing borders.
I was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to my name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. I had to! Because my family moved so much, it was the only way I could make new friends.
By the time I was 11, I'd lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Yep, I was the new kid again, in seventh grade, the year everybody barely makes it through.
My biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home.
After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, I taught in middle school, high school and college. When I began to write fiction, my protagonists were often—not surprisingly—strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures.
Mitali Perkins is the author of several books for young people, including SECRET KEEPER (Random House), MONSOON SUMMER (Random House), RICKSHAW GIRL (Charlesbridge), and the FIRST DAUGHTER books (Dutton).
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.