Friday, April 13, 2012

Betsy and Joe

Finished Betsy and Joe, the eighth book in Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. Betsy, Tacy and Tib are now seniors in high school. Cab has left school to run his family's furniture business, Carney is off at Vassar, but Joe and Tony are both still there, both vying for Betsy's attention and heart. As always with these books, I really enjoyed this read. It's now 1910. Betsy's older sister Julia is being vocally trained in Berlin. Deep Valley continues to be a quiet, idyllic, predictible place. Betsy "goes with" both Tony and Joe. She loves Tony as a friend and worries about what he's up to when he's not spending time with the crowd, but it's really Joe that Betsy feels drawn to. She and Joe have a number of misunderstandings and Tony leaves town to become an actor. Betsy and Joe make up and they graduate, wondering what the future has in store for them all. A comfortable bedtime read.

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