Daily Archives: October 7, 2009

Review: Betsy and Joe (Betsy-Tacy 8) by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy was a Junior Betsy and JoeIf you aren’t familiar with the Betsy-Tacy books, you might want to check out my reviews of the previous books: the first four, the fifth, and the sixth & seventh.

Betsy and Joe continues with Betsy and company in their senior year of high school.

Older sister Julia is off in Europe learning to be an opera singer and is exercising her writing skills keeping the family up to date. Younger sister Margaret is beginning to figure out who she is– she’s musical, she’s a good student, but she doesn’t have the passion for a specific area like her sisters do.

Betsy has had some challenges in previous years, but life is coming together for her.  School is going well, and she has not just one but two boys she cares for showing interest in her.  She’s now the big sister at home. She’s learned a lot, but still ends up hurting people she cares for, and has to figure out what she can do to make things right.

This is my favorite Betsy-Tacy book so far, but it isn’t due to the plot, or details of the events that call to me (although I loved the scene where Betsy runs into Joe at Willard’s Emporium, where they first met).  It is seeing Betsy grow.  She still has all of her spirit and dreams, but she has more perspective  now.

I’m looking forward to the final two books, to see what happens to Betsy and the world she lives in.  I’ll keep you posted!

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing these books for review!


Posted by on October 7, 2009 in books, reviews, tour


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