In Lovey Mary, Alice Hegan Rice returns to the Cabbage Patch with a cheerful novel that redeploys Mrs. Wiggs from her 1902 bestseller.
Orphaned Lovey Mary, 13, is acutely aware that she’s not loved.
When Mary’s former tormentor, Kate Rider, drops her infant at the orphan asylum, Mary becomes his foster mother.
Two years later, when Kate returns for Tommy, Mary kidnaps him rather than give him up.
The pair end up in the Cabbage Patch. Mrs. Wiggs and her children help Mary find work, make friends, and overcome her feelings of inadequacy.
Mary wants to live up to her friends’ good opinion. She visits Kate, who is hospitalized after an accident, and brings her back to the Cabbage Patch, where Kate dies.
Mary and Tommy return to the orphanage.
Mary’s good behavior is rewarded: She and Tommy are taken on a railroad trip to Niagara Falls.
Lovey Mary has slender plot and inadequate character development. The novel’s best scenes, such as Mary’s recitation of her lines from Faust “with a volubility that would have shamed an auctioneer,” have no bearing on the plot.
Five years later, Lucy Maud Montgomery will use themes and incidents similar to those of Lovey Mary with far greater skill in Anne of Green Gables.
Go with the redhead.Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice 1903 bestseller #4 Project Gutenberg ebook #5970 Photo credit: Niagara Falls by jnystrom
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