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Mattie Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"...a captivating historical novel...a delicious read filled with history, intrigue, adventure, danger, finding faith and discovering God..." -- Deseret News --Deseret News
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Ms. Rohrer did her research, and wrote a compelling story of her grandmother, Martha Ann "Mattie" Sevey Wood. Using journals and diaries, as well as other sources, to draw from, Ms. Rohrer did a good job of making the characters as alive in the book as they were once upon the earth.
This book brings us closer to the time of the LDS colonies in Mexico, and Colonia Juarez in particular. This is where Mitt Romney's grandfather was President. A coming of age story set in a time of great adventure, and turbulence, MATTIE covers the time between 1902 and 1917 as she comes of age, moves to the States, falls in love with the wrong man—more than once—and eventually return to her roots to marry the man she didn't know she loved. I strongly suggest you not start this book unless you have time to finish it.
I had ordered the book based on my father's being born in the colonies and my grandmother's stories.
I don't regret purchasing and reading the book, but hesitate to recommend it.
One of the aspects of the story that I found especially fascinating was the parts involving the Mexican revolution. I haven't read much about it so it was eye-opening to do so here. I appreciated the end notes the author included explaining the historically accurate parts of the story. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that so many innocent and not so innocent people got hurt, wars are like that, but I empathized with the fear and conflict that Mattie and her family had to deal with.
A great read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The only things I would have liked better would have been more showing and not so much telling, although covering as much time as she does I can understand why the author had to simply explain some things. The other thing I would have liked better would have been a longer story. ;) I would have liked to know more about Mattie's life experiences. Overall, a great read and one I can recommend with pleasure.