Friday, October 2, 2009

Book Review:Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace

Book Description:
It's the trip of a lifetime.Betsey Ray, 21 years old, is heading off for a solo tour of Europe. From the moment she casts off, her journey is filled with adventure--whether she's waltzing at the captain's ball, bartering for beads in Madeira, or sipping coffee at a bohemian cafe in Munich.

It's rich fodder for a budding young writer, and Betsy's determined to make the most of the experience. If only she could stop thinking about her ex-sweetheart, Joe Willard...

Then a handsome, romantic Italian goes overboard for Betsy, and she has a big decision to make. Marco Regali is passionate, fascinating, and cultured. Could it be that Betsy's heart belongs in Europe instead of Minnesota? Betsy’s childhood dream is finally coming true—she’s off to Europe just like she and Tacy planned so long ago. Despite her travels and many adventures, Betsy’s heart won’t let her forget Joe Willard, her high school sweetheart.

I had started re-reading the Betsy-Tacy series a couple of years ago and was side-tracked in my endeavor. For the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge, I decided to pick up where I had left off, Betsy and the Great World. Betsy lives life to the fullest as she travels the Great World meeting new people, seeing new sites and getting a taste for culture. I love all the references the author includes about things that were popular during this time period. I also got a kick out of all the books Betsy packed for her journey, The Beloved Vagabond, Little Women, Emerson's Essays, some Dickens, Thackeray, and Dumas, and the Oxford Book of English Verse and As You Like It. This book builds up to the beginning of the Great War and a lot of the events that happened to Betsy are based on the experience of the author.

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