Mary MacLane was born in Winnipeg in 1881. She had a genius and ambition like few women during her time. Prairie women are apparently not as feminine or beautiful as most women. They are weathered and solid. That may be a good thing since they live in colder climates than most of us. But Mary is very different!
Mary was not an approachable woman. She lead the rabble and was head strong and caustic. She was very bright and ahead of her time. So, at the age of 19, she wrote her memoir in which she reveals her faults and weaknesses. The difference between Mary and most of us is that we are not proud of our faults. However, she revels in them–far from being ashamed of them.
This is a book that will be surprising to some readers as Mary is way ahead of her time. She is liberated and very much different from women in her time and place. She is in many ways like a breath of fresh air. And she will teach teenage girls the meaning of having self-confidence and self-acceptance.
I loved this book from beginning to end, and I am sure the young and not so young reader will equally enjoy it.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth