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The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
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Aug 11, 11

Read in July, 2011

2-1/2 stars. This is another one of Sandra Dallas' books that didn't work as well for me. I realize that the premise provides us with a personal and secret diary of a pioneer woman, so private that the character Mattie divulges personal feelings and emotions that no 18th century woman with her breeding and background would ever discuss. I don't care that Mattie intended to burn the book--I just couldn't believe that she would really write such details about her sexual life. Was that really what consumed the lonely pioneer wife? At one point near the end Mattie comments that she must hardly seem a farmer's wife because she never writes about the crops or the weather. It was finally one statement I could really agree with. My favorite parts of the novel were actually the modern day bookends where the diary is discovered and the story is completed.
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Melissa Is this your second time reading this one? I think I read it once.


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