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Hattie Ever After: 05/28/13

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Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson is the sequel to Hattie Big Sky. When I first heard there was a sequel, I felt a charge of excitement. I read the book with huge expectations; Hattie Ever After not only met them, it surpassed them.

It's 1919 and Hattie is working and living at a boarding house. She is trying to pick up the pieces from losing her uncle's homestead. When a theater troupe offer her the opportunity to travel to San Francisco, she jumps at the chance.

San Francisco is an overwhelming city full of opportunities. The first few chapters in the City follow Hattie as she plays tourist and learns to navigate. Then she finds her niche and thrives. It was such a wonderful thing to see Hattie succeed (although she does have a few problems, too) after her struggles in the first book.

Included in these early chapters are reproductions of actual postcards that would have been on sale in 1919. In fact, it was the attention to detail that continues to make Hattie a relatable character, and her surroundings and adventures, believable.

Five stars

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