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Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley by Julie A. Schrader
Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley
A Guidebook of Mankato Places in the Betsy-Tacy Series 

By Julie A. Schrader

Maud Hart Lovelace was born in Mankato in 1892 and is the author of six historical fiction novels and eighteen children's books, Maud often remarked that she always felt destined to become an author. She is best known for her beloved series of Betsy-Tacy books, which to a great extent depicts her childhood days in Mankato, Minnesota, the fictionalized "Deep Valley."

This book provides the link between fictional characters and places in the Betsy-Tacy books and the actual 
people and places in Lovelace's life. It's filled with historical photographs and information. The book will enhance the "magic" of the books by bringing them to life. A must for every Betsy-Tacy fan!

415 B/W photographs and illustrations
Soft Cover, 336 pp.
ISBN: 0-9713168-2-1
Retail: $34.95     SALE: $25.00

About the Author

Minnesota native, Julie A. Schrader, worked as Project Director for the The Heritage of Blue Earth County, from 1988 to 1990. She established her own publishing company, Minnesota Heritage Publishing, in 2001 and works as a publishing consultant helping individuals self-publish. Author of The History of the Red Jacket Valley, Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley and Discover Deep Valley, her writing has also appeared in the Mankato Free Press, Applauze Magazine, Blue Earth County Historical Society and Betsy-Tacy Society newsletters. She was the coordinator of the Deep Valley Book Festival in Mankato for several years. Schrader was the Executive Director for the Betsy-Tacy Society, editor of the Deep Valley Sun (Betsy-Tacy newsletter) and the editor of the Katoland Connection paper for eight years. Schrader wrote the Afterword for The Black Angels by Maud Hart Lovelace reprinted by Minnesota Heritage Publishing in 2009. In 2010 she wrote the Afterword for HarperCollins reprints of Lovelace's of Emily of Deep Valley and Winona's Pony Cart.

Reviews & Comments

I've read the Betsy-Tacy books over and over since i was I child (I'm 57 now) and I always wondered if Deep Valley and all the characters in the books really existed. I was searching for the Betsy-Tacy books and found this one, so I ordered 2 of them.......1 for me and 1 for my sister. As soon as it arrived, I started to read it. This is a WONDERFUL book! It tells all about the characters in the series and has a lot of pictures of the people and places. If you're a fan of the Betsy-Tacy books, then you MUST buy this book! The author has done a fantastic job on bring the characters to life. Thank you so much Julie!

Julie is a superb researcher who has dug up a veritable treasure trove of information for us eager Betsy-Tacy fans. This wonderful book is just loaded with photos and is an intensive and addictive read. Great stuff!        
 ~Kathleen A. Baxter
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For those of you who love the literary works of Maud Hart Lovelace there is a special treat in store for you. This book is a treasure trove of information about the people and places from which Maud drew inspiration for her Betsy-Tacy books. Filled with black-and-white photos from the turn of the 20th century, the book is sure to fascinate the history buff. From the hairstyles and clothes that Maud's friends and acquaintances wore, to the architecture and street settings that Maud passed by as she was growing up, one can imagine what Mankato offered to those who lived "way back when."

Almost every description of a person or place includes applicable quotes from Maud's books, as well as historical narratives by Julie Schrader. The reader will most likely discover previously unknown tidbits about the people and places that touched Maud's life while she lived in Mankato. If you have a special place in your heart for books written by and about Maud, you will find Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley a wonderful addition to your collection.                 ~Barbara Hartwick

​Children's Books Are Lifelong Friends by Kim Ode, Star Tribune, July 12, 2012