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Maud Hart Lovelace
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Betsy's Wedding: A Betsy-Tacy Story (Betsy-Tacy #10)

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Here Comes the Bride When Betsy Ray arrives in New York after a tour of Europe, her old flame Joe Willard is waiting at the dock. Before he even says hello, he asks Betsy to marry him. They've been separated for a year, and they're determined never to be apart again.

But as Betsy discovers, marriage isn't all candlelight, kisses, and roses. There's cooking, ironing, and bud

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1955)
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So it wasn't as much like Anne's House of Dreams as I feared it would be. Really, Tacy is the one who gets the house of dreams, and the babies. Betsy and Joe are wonderful together, even though sometimes Betsy would say something about how she wanted Joe to have the final word in all things and I would be like, harumph. But then it would be all right, because until Joe felt that Betsy approved (like in the case of his Aunt Ruth coming to stay with them), everything was wrong between them. And th...more

Maybe I will come back here later and write actual words. Or not. Because that's a pretty accurate reaction, honestly.
This book is a triumphant finale to Miss Lovelace's series on Betsy (and Tacy and Tib). From the beginning when Betsy and Joe meet at the dock to the very end with its sweet valedictory to Hill Street, the book is a perfect whole. Betsy at last finds a reality that grounds her affectionate and enthusiastic nature. Miss Lovelace describes very well Betsy's observant intelligence as she both learns to cook, for example, and closely examines the "first apartment's" elm tree through the seasons. In...more
9/2012 Such a perfectly crafted book to end the series! There's just enough hearkening back, just enough tidying up, just enough looking forward. And I don't care what the rest of you say, Sally Day is a perfectly lovely child. Perfectly lovely.

12/2009 I meant to luxuriate in this, the last book of the Betsy-Tacy series. But I was drawn in as deeply as ever. Joe topples mountains and swims seas for Betsy's love, and Betsy is still making lists and trying to be a better person. I hope it's not a...more
Elizabeth, I agree with you that this a bittersweet book. My buddy Betsy was all grown up and married. It is a sweet story and I love the struggles they face. I also belong to Shelfari and some of us started talking about the B/T books and how we discovered them.
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Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Lovelace ends the stories of Betsy's childhood with a warmly written story about the triumphs and misadventures of being a wife. The story continues to shows Betsy's faithfulness to her family, friends, and now her husband, while giving a glimpse of life in the World War I era. Betsy's Wedding is a young adult book with charm, period grace and accuracy (Betsy is very concerned about learning to cook for her wonderful groom Joe) but also prescient in its concerns for her budding career as a write...more
8/08: I love this book. It's the little details about the start of their marriage that just ring so true. I also love seeing Margaret all grown up - she became one of my favorite characters in this series. I would have loved to seen Betsy's Bettina written, though - I want more Betsy-Tacy!

The "where did they go?" section at the end was awesome and fascinating. Some of the changes Maud made were very interesting - like Bick didn't marry Charley until 1920, which was ten years after high school an...more
Betsy comes home from Europe to a whirlwind marriage with her soulmate, Joe Willard, at long last. And they move into a cozy apartment, where Betsy Ray finally learns to cook, and they encourage one another with their writing, and send stories to magazines that sometimes even sell! Meanwhile Joe works at the newspaper, money's tight, Tacy's raising her son and Tib, as always, is flitting around to wherever the fun's at.

And in the end, Joe goes off to fight in World War I, promising that when he...more
"Joe sat up in bed, and Betsy told herself that she must never allow him to wear any pajamas but blue ones."
It's been less than a year since I last read this, but with Maud's writing that doesn't matter. This book only gets better and better for me and I continue to revel in the "rightness" of Betsy and Joe together.

3-3-09 review:
"After a while he went back to the bacon."
Chose to re-read this in honor of my sister's wedding. The older I get, the more I treasure it. It's inspiring and just plai...more
in which betsy comes home from europe and marries jooooooooe!!
and they buy a cute little house.
and try to set up tib with a new york millionaire.
and join a writing group and sell their stories to magazines.
and aunt ruth moves in with them. (i love this part. i love how betsy didn't want it to happen but she knew that joe wouldn't be joe unless he took care of his aunt, and it all turned out ok!!)
and america goes to war. it is so interesting to me how different the attitude was towards worlds war...more
One of my favorite books EVER. If you haven't read any Betsy-Tacy, I advise you to start now. If you're not up for the "kid lit" that is the first 5 or 6 books, start with Heaven to Betsy and read on to the end. How I love Maud Hart Lovelace and would love to have been friends with her! Her semi-autobiographical character, Betsy, is one of the finest characters I have ever come across--a truly good person, loving, always wanting to be better and to be kind to others. Love Tacy too, of course, an...more
Oh Betsy. This charming turn of the 20th century Minnesotan girl satisfied all my comfort reading desires: old-fashioned and Midwestern families; a childhood sweetheart-cum-adult lover; gobs of buttery, meaty, potatoey food porn; silk dresses, hair ribbons, and fur muffs; and most importantly, girls with ambition, girls who aspire to be more than a wife.

It is that last point that ended up marring the series for me. Throughout the ten books, we watch Betsy grow from age 5 to age 25. The one cons...more
This is a portrait of an idealized marriage, circa 1914 - some of that has aged well, and some of it really really hasn't. But by the end, everyone's been married off (though they haven't all gotten the babies they were talking about....). And we'll ignore the fact that the men in question are all on the brink of shipping out to fight in the Great War, because this is a kids' series, and we don't want to dwell on that. (Frankly, the last two books left adult-me with a million unanswered question...more
Elizabeth W
This was a bittersweet read for me. Betsy grew up and got married. It was also said because this was the last book in the series and I never wanted it to end.
I love this book every time I read it!
Apr 14, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Classics, Children's, Fans of Little House on the Prairie, Fans of Anne of Green Gables
Recommended to Marie by: Heather Vogel Frederick
Oh dear. I don't know what to say. *sobs with reckless abandon into tissue* I am quite...moved by the ending. Just give me a minute to compose myself. HONK! *blows tears off face and snot out of nose*

Well that was just absolutely the saddest thing I've ever read. Not that anything really sad happened, but the fact that this was the end and what you knew would happen was sad. I'm afraid I'll only be able to review the part of the book that isn't the ending. Only one little snippet about the endin...more
I've been curious about the Betsy-Tacy series for years, and finally got around to reading it. I'm glad I did. The books are age-appropriate -- I could see a kindergartner reading the first one, for example -- and the prose and stories progress as Betsy and her friends do. I prefer the books in which Betsy begins to mature. They demonstrate very well the notion that no matter how things change, the more they stay the same. Even though the books are set at the turn of the 20th century, written in...more
It's a bittersweet ending to this beloved series.
The story shows a glimpse of Betsy and Joe's life after the wedding and honeymoon. The solid foundation of family and faith and a close circle of friends. It also shows their dreams for their future; while ending with the husbands and brothers going off to war.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed any of these yet. All I can say is that this series was so INCREDIBLY formative for me, and Betsy will forever be my favorite literary heroine, and also the last page of this one makes me burst into (happy/sentimental) tears.
I have been so pleased with the Betsy-Tacy series that I take it as a personal affront that no one made me read them before! MHL gives her readers wonderfully adventurous female protagonists and very progressive models of family and marriage. In this book, Betsy and Joe work hard to make their marriage work as WWI is gearing up. Since Betsy has never been much of the homemaker type (and it is a difficult job, make no mistake), she has a lot to catch up on while Joe is working hard to get them a...more
It kind of feels like the end of an era, but it's only been about five weeks since I first began reading the Betsy-Tacy series. I've spent those weeks lost in Deep Valley, with picnics on the Big Hill and Sunday night lunches, singing songs and pounding the piano, and generally feeling right at home in a world of warmth, friendship, and love. I didn't read the series as a child, but I wish I had. I know it would have been a great favorite then. Though I've only just finished the series today, I...more
A fine and fitting conclusion to the series, we have seen Betsy grow from an imaginative child into the woman she has always dreamed of being, amazing!
Emilia P
Oh, dear, Betsy. This book comes on too fast furious with the major life changes, and Betsy and Tacy and Tib and Joe and all don't seem like quite the same people that they were through the previous 9 books, so it's a little rough saying goodbye to these newly-minted grown-ups that I hardly recognize. But perhaps that is adulthood, sneaking up on you. I will say that I wish I could live in Betsy and Joe's first little apartment and that I swooned every time Joe was sweet, but I'd rather go out o...more
Donna T
The most perfect ending to a series. Sure I wish it went on and on...but the last line sums it up. Still one of my go-to books for comfort.
I've read every other book in the Betsy-Tacy series several times except this one. I really did like finally reading about Betsy and Joe married finally. They never really argue ever and there are many times that they show how much they love each other in the day. At times also they can be very funny. My one complaint is that the book ends before they have their own child. It doesn't feel like that should be the end where the book stops. It feels like Lovelace needed more chapters to finish it....more
Jessica Robinson
A fairly lackluster end to a good series. I guess I just wasn't as interested in Betsy's married life as I was in her.
Betsy returns home from her European tour at the beginning of the Great War, in time to finally marry her sweetheart Joe Willard. This takes place in the years before the U.S. enters the first World War and is also a lovely story of a young marriage in the 1910s. Lovelace is once again ahead of her time, since Betsy, while a housewife indeed, is still treated with great respect and equality by her breadwinner husband. He encourages her writing talent and she, in turn, goes off to work once Joe i...more
Another Yuletide re-read! This is the last book in the Betsy-Tacy series and, despite the title, is far more about the marriage than the wedding. Which I love! I'm such a sucker for what happens after the "happy ending." And it seems to me to depict marriage in a very realistic way. They have problems, but work through them. And it's really awesome to see Betsy pursue her writing ambition at a time when women were mostly housewives.

And it's set right before the US's entrance into World War I, so...more
Marcy Wynhoff
Oh Betsy.... I hate this book because the series is over. I love this book becasue it continues to keep my in a world that seems so full of gentle life struggles, friendship and what it means to be a family. Betsy struggles with being a wife. Oh boy...finding a good "company " meal to fix, couples...boredom....and more.
Most people as they finish the series miss that Maud Hart Lovelace didn't get to betsy and Joe having little Betina.
Me... I wonder why we didn't hear about her getting back to her...more
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Maud Hart Lovelace was born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota. She was the middle of three children born to Thomas and Stella (Palmer) Hart. Her sister, Kathleen, was three years older, and her other sister, Helen, was six years younger. “That dear family" was the model for the fictional Ray family.

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