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The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
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Feb 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 23 to 26, 2012

Sandra Dallas writes wonderful books about times other than ours and this book was no exception.
The story comes about when a lady's next door neighbor Hazel,age 94, gives her the diary that belonged to her grandmother, Mattie McCauley Spenser, Mattie lived in Iowa, was of marriageable age (22) and was being courted by a man she really didn't want to marry. One day, the "best catch" in the county comes and asks her to marry him. This suprises Mattie as everyone in town always thought Luke would marry a local beauty, Persia. Mattie quickly says yes and in a few days Luke and Mattie are headed to a new home in the Colorado terratory....the Eastern part of it. The trip is difficult, including problems with Indians. Life in the Colorado terratory is not easy, even building a home is hard. Due to many circumstances, Mattie eventually wonders if Luke married her because Persia did not want to move to such rustic circumstances and wonders if Luke still loves Persia. Mattie does have some happiness, but certainly has more than her share of heartbreak in her life. Gives a great insight into what life on the prarie was really like.
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