A Northern Light

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (0-15-216705-6)
This book for teens offers a vividly depicted setting and a story that is a mix of romance and mystery all packaged in historical fiction. I was immediately caught up in Mattie’s story as it switches from past to present tense until the two come together in a satisfying conclusion.
Mattie is a girl in the Adirondacks in 1906. Her life is hard after her mother dies, partly because Mattie who loves books and language promised her mother on her death bed that she would stay and care for her three younger sisters. Will Mattie stay and marry Royal, the handsome boy next door? Or will she go to New York City and college?
This is definitely a book for teens with some sexuality as part of the storyline. I will be recommending it to girls who enjoyed Anne of Green Gables. Luckily it is a good match for readers of both mysteries and romance too.

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