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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401097413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401097417
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 331 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Margaret Westlie is a native of Halifax with close family ties to Prince Edward Island, where her family immigrated from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in 1803. She is a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing and of Dalhousie University in Halifax. She discovered her talent for writing almost by accident, while completing a degree in church music, and immediately switched her degree plan to English, receiving a Master's Degree in English with a Professional Writing Emphasis in Prose and Poetry from the University of Missouri. She played violin with the Philarmonia of Kansas City and has sung with a number of choral groups, including the Confederation Centre Singers and Akkord in Charlottetown. She is also an accomplished pencil portraitist. She makes her home in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, where her novels are set. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Mattie’s Story is a fine tale of what life in a PEI community in the early 1800’s was like. The author weaves a wonderful story of one young girl’s coming of age in the hard days of a pioneer farming, where neighbours were good to have, even when you had to walk five miles there and back. Mattie is a captivating protagonist, as we watch her from a girl who climb tree to get her siblings spruce gum to chew on, to a young married woman with a child of her own. Mattie’s story is a great gift to give a friend who well be visiting Prince Edward Island, a young girl who loves the Little House on the Prairies series, or anyone who loves reading historical fiction.
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Although intended for Young Adult readers, I was hooked on Mattie's Story from the first few pages. It's a year in the life of fifteen-year-old Mattie Cameron, just newly graduated from a one-room school on Prince Edward Island (PEI), who marries a man eight years her senior. Set on PEI in the 1830s, Mattie and her husband David are descendants of the Selkirk Settlers who arrived on the Island from Scotland in 1803. The novel provides a rich backdrop of Island life in the remote rural communities of the time, when visiting a neighbour might have meant a five mile walk to his or her house, and another five mile walk back home again.
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Read this book if you love being whisked into the past, if you like a bit of romance and want a character you can really cheer for! The story follows a young woman in the 1800’s who is a descendent of the early Scottish settlers. Her dominating mother marries her off to a man she has never met, and she faces many challenges in her new relationship and in making a home. I loved the story. It was fun to read and obviously well researched. A wonderful bit of escapism and very well written. I’m going to look for other books by the author.
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A fast-moving feast for a young adult reader, and a great story to read aloud to anyone coming of age. Imagine a time when there were no cell phones, no internet, and day-to-day survival was a bit more challenging. Mattie has what it takes. Based on stories told of the author's family, I look forward to what's next in Margaret Westlie's series.
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Fantastic Good Read May 7 2015
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
BOOK REVIEW: MATTIE"S STORY , author MARGARET WESTLIE

Everything about this engaging story is refreshingly natural — from the clear, straightforward dialogue to the complex personal relationships that emerge in the course of this historically situated tale. Woven from the threads of a true story and enhanced with a rich knowledge of the period, Mattie's Story combines a thoughtful consideration of family, as lived in the19th Century, with something rather unique: attention to the physical details of daily life for young women, as experienced during all seasons of a Prince Edward Island farm and community: Mattie moves from the autumn chalk dust of school, to candle-making and brown sugar sauce on Christmas pudding; through the insecurities, superstitions, and hopes of young teenager; and on to life as she had barely imagined it.

In regard to its successful melding of theme with the practical aspects of country life, this book complements Sir John Andrew Macphail's autobiographical, The Master's Wife, but differs in some important respects: Mattie's Story is written by a woman whose main character is a woman. As well, while exploring relationships between family members of all ages, the author focuses less on perspectives of mature women than on the story of a girl growing into womanhood; she treats the themes of doubt, love and the realities of Island life with an equal hand. Unlike the girl of Green Gables fame, Mattie inhabits a far less naive world; if it is lacking anything, it may be a dash of hilarity, and there are few histrionics, but then that would not be typical of Mattie's understated, but touching story.

Readers return to a gentler pace with this book; the author conjures up a rare kind of clarity, one that brings a stillness to the day and fosters a sense of intimacy between the reader, the characters, and their world. This winning story may amaze and at times, inspire, younger readers, and evoke memories in older ones; it will leave both of them wanting to share Mattie's Story.
Mr Matheson has come for you. April 9 2006
By Patsy Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mattie's mother demanded her 15 year old daughter come down from the tall spruce immediately. Climbing down from the tree, dress torn, spruce twigs in her braid and hands covered in gummy tree resin, the little girl had no idea how different her life would be by the end of the day.

A mysterious bearded man took her hand and led her miles away from everything she knew. Stifling her tears during the silent walk to their new home, Mattie and Mr. Mathews - at least she knew his last name - stopped long enough to be married.

Typical of most girls married at the turn of the previous century, she knew nothing of married life or the baby she would have nine months after her marriage.

Margaret A. Westlie has written a historic romance set in the realities of rural poverty. At first, we bring little Mattie into our hearts to protect her; and then, how heartwarming it is to watch her grow into a loving wife and mother. Built on a foundation of faith and family, Mattie's Story is as comforting as an old quilt.
Although intended for Young Adult readers, I was hooked ... Oct. 23 2014
By Margot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although intended for Young Adult readers, I was hooked on Mattie's Story from the first few pages. It's a year in the life of fifteen-year-old Mattie Cameron, just newly graduated from a one-room school on Prince Edward Island (PEI), who marries a man eight years her senior. Set on PEI in the 1830s, Mattie and her husband David are descendants of the Selkirk Settlers who arrived on the Island from Scotland in 1803. The novel provides a rich backdrop of Island life in the remote rural communities of the time, when visiting a neighbour might have meant a five mile walk to his or her house, and another five mile walk back home again.
Two thumbs up! March 16 2015
By Suzanne Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I just fell in the love with the character of Mattie. She's an innocent young woman with a dominating mother who finds herself suddenly married off to someone she's never met! Making a life in a remote area in the 1800's is no picnic either! But it all comes together in a fabulous read that weaves interesting historical tidbits throughout. It was really a delicious read that kept me up late into the night. Totally recommend and I will look for other books by this writer.
Like "Anne" for Grown-Ups Feb. 13 2014
By A. H. MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm halfway through "Mattie's Story" and have to say that I'm gripped! Having lived in Prince Edward Island and inevitably become familiar with the work of LM Montgomery ("Anne of Green Gables"), I inevitably thought this novel would be familiar territory.

While it equals the fond beauty of those stories, it also contains a rich stream of everyday details that are strikingly different from the features of our modern-day world — the stark realities of a Calvinistic existence where life was hard work and personal sensitivities took a back seat to familial and civic duties. I'm finding these nuances fascinating, yet they don't read like "homework on the page"; they flow naturally and effortlessly from the emerging story.

The characters seem like such simple folk, yet there's a real weight and emotional power to them. I feel personally invested in seeing how things turn out for them!

Congratulations to the author for successfully communicating her love for the subject and the people involved.


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