I just met Hattie earlier this year, thanks to Hattie Big Sky, so I had a shorter wait than most. A seventeen year old girl staking out a homestead cl...moreI just met Hattie earlier this year, thanks to Hattie Big Sky, so I had a shorter wait than most. A seventeen year old girl staking out a homestead claim of her own in the middle of nowhere in Montana is pretty hard to top. In Hattie Ever After we have more of the same intelligent, capable Hattie. Hattie is never snarky or cynical, always optimistic and never prissy, which is why I think so many people were interested in what a sequel.
Now in San Francisco, Hattie is determined to be a newspaper reporter (how quaint!) even if it requires working as a wardrobe manager and janitor to do so. She is also cluelessly juggling a love triangle and making all sorts of interesting new friends. Not many surprises here and when we leave her at the end of Hattie Ever After, it was just as I guessed it would end.
Also, this is an interesting book that could be children's or young adult. Libraries seem to have both Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After in both locations. In fact, I read the first book to find out if a story about a seventeen year old really did belong in the children's section. The answer is yes. There wasn't one inappropriate thing I could find in either book. And yet these books are never overly saccharine. Just charming, wholesome historical fiction.(less)