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Emily of Deep Valley

(Deep Valley #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,123 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Welcome back to Deep Valley Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. The gulf between Emily and her classmates widens even more when they graduate from Deep Valley High School in 1912. Emily longs to go off to college with everyone else, but she can't leave her grandfather. Emily resigns herself to ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by HarperTrophy (first published 1950)
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[2020 Review]: It felt very appropriate to revisit Emily in these current climes--someone who, I think, captures the isolation and loneliness and loss. Still one of the books that feels too familiar and too close.

[2014 Review]: There are some books that just matter to you, you know? You finish them and feel gutted and raw and exposed and maybe a bit bitter that you've spent so much time without that book in your life.

I've read all of the Betsy-Tacy books now, and I've loved them whole-heartedly.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There were two books that sustained me the most during my first year of marriage - a year when everything was changing, I had moved away from everything and everyone I knew, and I was post-school but pre-job or -kids, when my new husband was working long hours and I had huge spaces of time just by myself, wondering what my purpose was. One book was The Blue Castle, by LM Montgomery. The other was this book, Emily of Deep Valley. The questions and struggles Emily endured, the feeling of something ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love this book! I finished it with such a glow of joy. It left a song in my heart that just wants to burst forth, an anthem to be and do good in the world. I wish everyone could read this, especially now.

It is uncanny how this story came into my life at the exact perfect moment. After reading Betsy’s high school years as a cheerful antidote to quarantine life earlier this spring, I enjoyed Carney’s House Party and wondered if I should pause longer before reading Emily. Yet, something
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Emily Webster is my hero. She is at once an unabashed flag-waving patriot, and a passionate advocate for Syrian refugees.

This is, I think, my third reading of this book, but the first in a good long while. I had thought I remembered it pretty well, but it turned out there were lots of details I hadn't remembered, such as how great Cab (a minor character from the main series) is in this book. And also that Betsy makes an appearance. I had also forgotten just how sad the first half of the book is
Kellyn Roth
Reread 2/7/18:
I like it even more, if that is possible! It's just such a good book. Also, it's a message I needed just now - "Muster your wits!"

Original Read August 2016:

I'm not sure whether I like Betsy and Joe or this book better. I honestly can't decide. :)

Anyway, the early 1900s (Edwardian) is my favorite era due to the Betsy-Tacy series ... and I suppose it has a certain charm of its own, too. This is just the best book ever and if you haven't read it, read it, and if you have read it, read
Such a good book! I'd give it 12 stars if I could! To me it's the perfect kind of story, about real people living simple but meaningful lives, dealing with struggles and joys and trying to find their way through it all.

I discovered this author and her Betsy-Tacy books when I was in grade school. Our small school library had most of the series and every fall when we went back to school I'd reread them all. I wanted to be Betsy Ray, growing up in Minnesota at the turn of the century. I wanted her
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favorite
This is, by far, my favorite out of all of Lovelace's books! It's a in depth story of a young woman coming into her own, and realizing that she can gain education and purpose right in her quiet home town. Watching Emily spread her wings really inspired and moved me, and the ending is just the cherry on top! ...more
Luisa Knight
Oh, I love Emily! What a sweet character. She's warm and caring, and possesses enough spunky spirit that she tries to overcome her shyness in order to mingle, not just to benefit herself but to benefit others too. I could sympathize with her when she felt directionally lost (I appreciated how Lovelace showcased a beautiful lesson here), cheered her on while she worked at self-discipline and I was in anxious anticipation as to which man would win her heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Deep V
Jacob Proffitt
This book has a . . . mood or presence that simply permeates it in a way that I expect is powerful for those who connect strongly to it. The sense of isolation from your crowd, of wanting to belong even while knowing it is impossible and, worse, existing on a fringe where you are accepted and welcome but still just that wee bit off is extremely strong in this book and conveyed with an understanding and depth that is very evocative.

I had a couple problems connecting to the book, though, and not a
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Betsy-Tacy Books
The second of Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley books - tangentially related to her immensely popular ten-installment Betsy-Tacy series, which is centered upon the same fictional Minnesota town - Emily of Deep Valley was originally published in 1950, and depicts a year in the life of a young woman of 1912/13. Unlike Carney's House Party , another of the Deep Valley books, its heroine plays no part in the storyline of the main series, and - although Betsy Ray and Winona Root do make very br ...more
Kelly Hager
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Emily's just graduated from high school, but unlike everyone else in her class, she's not going to college (or, as some are doing, getting married). Instead, she's going to stay at home to take care of her grandfather. She tries hard not to get upset about it, but it's difficult. All she wants to do is go to college and keep learning. Still, she loves her grandfather---he raised her after her mom died---and she's happy to be able to take care of him now.

Except that it's also kind of awful. All
Emily of Deep Valley may not be technically part of the Betsy-Tacy series, but along with Betsy and Joe, it's my favorite of all of the books.

It features a heroine who is, unlike Betsy, not really part of the in-crowd. Emily is intelligent and well-spoken, but introverted, and much of the book is about her adjustment to life after high school without her crowd of friends, who have all gone away to college. I love extroverted Betsy, but introverted autodidact Emily speaks to me in a more persona
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the best companion book to the Betsy-Tacy series, as well as being a terrific "stand alone" book if you are unfortunate enough to not be acquainted with B-T. I believe I read that this is Lovelace's fave of all the books she wrote, and I can understand why. It's pretty fab. ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisbeth by: Emily
This book makes me want to put my hair up in a psyche knot and coach Syrians in ESL.
Beth Bonini
I never came across this companion book to the Betsy-Tacy series when I was a young teenager, and I wonder if I would have loved it as much as a 13 year old reader as I did as a middle-aged one? Emily does not have the effervescence of personality - or the fun-loving friends and family - which characterise Betsy Ray, and contribute to so much of the charm of those books. She is a much quieter heroine, and the book details her struggles with feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt and depression. For ...more
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, the-tomes
Re-read for November VSC. Still think Jed is written as a too good to be true guy, but oh well. I am firmly convinced that the engaged–practically! situation will wither away before it becomes real engagement.

Love this line which could be in a screenplay for the rom-com version:
"Miss Bangeter, casting off dignity for once, caught Emily to her queenly bosom."

1-16-2006. I know I've read it since then, but where are my records?
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I loved Emily's story so much! I love Betsy Ray, OF COURSE, but Emily is in some ways a more sympathetic character. She has more obstacles in her way, more to overcome, and she's not as socially popular as Emily. So, in many ways it made her story more compelling. I loved her devotion to her grandfather, her social conscience that led her to advocate on behalf of the Syrians in her community and helped along her growth from girl to woman. What a wonderful, wonderful story! ...more
Libby Ames
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with young girls, Nicole and Abigail
This book is a little old-fashioned, but so refreshing. Compared to the current books for the 9-12 year old girls, this one is uplifting and motivating. It definitely doesn't have the intense plotline of more modern children's books, but is still an engaging story. Also, like the Little House on the Prairie books, it gives good insight to the culture of America (just set in the early 1900's). ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was one of the highest honors in my writing life to be asked to write the foreword for this new edition. I adore EMILY and always will.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always say I don't like this book, and it's one of the few in the series I have not read countless times. This time through, I wanted to analyze that assertion, and I can say with conviction that I like the book just fine. It's Emily I don't like. There's very little I find congenial about her, and I am pretty sure we couldn't ever be friends. All this time I thought it was Grandpa Webster who rubbed me the wrong way but, no. It's Emily.

My friend Wendy is absolutely right, Grandpa Webster woul
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emily of Deep Valley takes place in 1912. Emily is graduating from high school and will not be able to attend college with her friends. Emily is a quiet, serious young woman, interested in the politics of the day and deeply patriotic to her country. She is crushed that she will have to stay home and tend house for her elderly grandfather. Then she decides to embark on a private study club, take dancing lessons and assist the local Syrian refugees.
Maud Hart Lovelace provides detailed descriptions
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter
4.5 stars! The more I think about this story, the more I love it. I don't typically read love stories, but this one was just the right type-- where the relationship is the cherry on top of the beautiful and delicious cake the heroine has built for herself. Emily did indeed "muster her wits," and I found her situation relatable and inspiring. This is the type of romance I would want to have, one where we are "looking outward together in the same direction" as Saint-Exupery puts it. Perfect to rea ...more
This had everything I love in an old/er book. Emily was so relatable; her successes and failures were like your own; she was sort of a plain Jane, but not overly so; and she wound up happy. All of the other characters were so lovely too. Grandpa, Cab, even Don and Annette, and of course Jed. The children were lovely; I loved Kalil, Yusuf, and Layla. I loved the little cameos from Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, and Winona. This was just such a charming book. So like some of the Anne books in so many ways, ...more
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I must re-read this book at least once a year, and the new year is the perfect time. In this book, Emily Webster finds herself in a hard place and begins to be depressed, but she realizes a few things and pulls herself out to become something better than she had in mind for herself in the first place.

I love the 1912 details!
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read from when I was a kid. At first glance it is an out moded, unstylish book. But I love how she took on racism in 1950, and anyone can relate to being left out and having "unfair" circumstances change their life. And then there is the line "I jus don't think about you. Good bye." I just cheered inside! I'm totally reading this to my girls when they are in middle school. ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of a 4.8
I forgot how much I love Lovelace's writing and characters. It feels so comforting and familiar. The beginning of the book was a little hard for me to get into, but the last 2/3 were so sweet. Emily is a new favorite heroine.
What a perfect book. Emily’s growing self-awareness and self-possession are so subtle that it took me a while to see it happening. Her changing perception of others too captivated me: of Don and Annette, even of former authority figures (like high school teachers) in her life. The book captures growing up in its changes and dismissals and hurts and joys.

And more than that, it asks the question of what makes a life worth living, and I think models (rather than tells) a marvelous answer: to conti
Ms. B
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2000s, ya
This was the last of the Betsy-Tacy books I read. I don't think I discovered it until this century. This one centers around Emily, a recent high school graduate who is not able to go on to college like her classmates. More serious in tone than any of the other books; Emily deals with the challenges of what happens when you must provide for yourself after graduation. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book title sounds deceptively like L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon, but thank all the mercies that it really isn't. I'll now proceed with the review.

Synopsis: Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. The gulf between Emily and her classmates widens even more when they graduate from Deep Valley High School in 1912. Emily longs to go off to college with everyone else, but she can't leave her grandfather.
Emily resi
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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.

Maud’s birthplace was a small house on a hilly residential street several blocks above Mankat

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