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Mattie's Story [Paperback]

Margaret Westlie

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Book Description

August 2003
Set on Prince Edward Island, the home of Anne of Green Gables, in the mid-19th century, Mattie's Story is based on a story told by the author's grandmother about her own grandparents. Mattie's Story relates a year in the life of Mattie Cameron, a descendant of the Selkirk Settlers who first came to the Island in 1803. Mattie's Story is fiction with perennial themes: relationships (mother and daughter, husband and wife, friend and friend); marriage, maturity, and responsibility; women's lives (marriage, childbirth, death and remarriage); life in a community Join the community! Read Mattie's Story and other novels by Margaret A. Westlie
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (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

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Matheson has come for you. April 9 2006
By Patsy - 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars 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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