Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace (1950)

From the original review in Newport Daily News, March 1951: This is the poignant story, by Maud Hart Lovelace, of a girl who has a difficult adjustment to make, and makes it with courage and success. Emily Webster was an orphan who lived with her grandfather, a Civil War veteran.

When the story opens she is graduating from high school in the class of 1912. She is a class officer and she goes with a merry crowd of girls. Many of the class go off to college, but Emily, although she longs for more education, will not leave her grandfather.

At first, in despair and loneliness, she thinks she faces a “lost winter.” Starting a program, she fills her winter richly. No one realizes the changes in Emily until the New Year’s Eve Ball. Of course there’s a dances, and Sunday night suppers and skating parties. It wouldn’t be a Lovelace book without them.

Most important of all, the author looks again into a young girl’s heart with sympathy and understanding. Everyone who loved Betsy in Mrs. Lovelace’s previous books will love Emily of Deep Valley.

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