Wednesday, June 4, 1924
The train is chug-chugging, carrying me far away from home. Far away from you. Far away from Papa. I’ll send as many letters as I can, like you asked. It won’t be the same, but if I pretend I’m talking to you maybe it will help…
Eleven-year-old Mary Elisabeth’s life will never be the same.
It’s 1924 and her mother has contracted tuberculosis – a deadly, terrifying disease.
Far away in Colorado, a sanatorium holds the only hope of saving her. Papa takes a grueling job at the shipyards in Bremerton to pay for her treatment. Mary Elisabeth must travel 350 miles from home to begin a new life on her uncle’s farm in northeast Washington.
Her only connection to her parents is by letter.
Will that be enough to give her courage to brave the challenges that await?
Love, Mary Elisabeth
by Christy Martenson
featuring illustrations by Amanda Kastner
Monday, October 20, 1924
I have to ask. Is what Denny said true? Is Mama dying? You only say to be brave in your letters. You never tell me how she is. And I haven’t heard from Mama for a long time. I feel scared inside if I think about it.
I wish you were here.
Praise for Love, Mary Elisabeth
Chautona Havig, Christian fiction author
Jenni Marie, photographer and storyteller
Elisabeth Adams, writer and editor
Carmen Peone, award-winning author
Katie Mae Stanley, writer at Nourishing Simplicity and author of Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats
Darlene — teacher, photographer, reader, and word weaver
I found Love, Mary Elisabeth difficult to put down. The story is charming! I felt like I personally knew the family, because the descriptions were so vivid. I was so caught up in the narrative that I had the desire to pray for individuals and situations.
Jessica Brink, retired librarian
Hannah Acheson, piano teacher and photographer
Jessica M. White, blogger
Jennifer Church, teacher, missionary, and voracious reader
Emily C. Gardner, book blogger
Violette, choral director and retired English teacher
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