Summer of 1907, it's stinking hot in the Arizona Territory and Mary Pearl is feeling the heat. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther are secretly reading at night the banned Jane Austen novels they have smuggled home from their Aunt Sarah Elliot’s book shelves.
Around the same time, seventeen year old Mary Pearl meets Aubrey Hanna, he's a smooth talker, snappy dresser and rich. Has Mary Pearl discovered her own Mr Darcy and he's everything a seventeen year old girls romantic dreams are made of? He sweeps her of her feet, he kisses her a couple of times and before she knows it she's engaged.
Mary Pearl’s has always wanted to be an artist and she's not planning on being stuck home looking after her little brothers Zachary and Ezra forever. Wheaton College sends her a offer to study art, she accepts and in a flurry of activity she's ready to leave. Mary Pearl starts her journey, she rides her horse Duende, and also travels by train to begin her lessons at the fancy Northern school. Here Mary Pearl's formal education begins, she's taught, history, Latin, sculpture, drawing, history, oil painting and photography. Mary Pearl is a bit like a fish out of water and she doesn't have a lot in common with the other girly girls at school. She keeps in contact with Aubrey, they write letters to each other and she too busy studying to worry about how their long distance relationship is going?
Light Changes Everything is a delightful story about the spunky Mary Pearl, she's a real character, as you would expect from a girl who has grown up riding horses, wearing a stetson and she can shoot a gun. Mary Pearl grows up in the book, by studying, meeting new people, living in a world very different from her home and from a tragic experience that happens to her. Granny also has given Mary Pearl responsibility/gift of keeping her diaries safe, she's to write her memoirs and only when her Granny meets her maker! I loved how the familiar characters of, Aunt Sarah, Granny, Ma, Pa, Zachary, Ezra, Rachel are included in the new book and also we are introduced to a new cowboy character called Brody Cooperhead.
I'm not going to give too much away about the story as I really don't want to spoil it for anyone and it's a truly delightful book. Nancy E. Tuner has done it again and Light Changes Everything made me laugh, cry, smile and I didn't want it to end. A brilliant book, absolutely perfect and I gave it five big stars!
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