The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando
When Betsy’s history loving father tells her that he’s lined up an interview at Morrisville Historic Museum Betsy does everything in her powers to back out. Dressing up as an eighteenth century farm girl is definitely NOT how Betsy wants to spend her summer vacation. She’d much rather pass the summer months soaking up the sun, and hanging out with friends.
But when Betsy’s mother passed away, her life is turned upside down. Her younger brother acts as if she’s his mother now. Her father is barely functioning, spending time in front of the television rather than working on his book. And her friends have all but disappeared.
Looking for a distraction, Betsy throws herself into her job. At Morrisville, Betsy is just an eighteenth century farm girl, churning butter and sweeping the living room. It’s at Morrisville where Betsy discovers that she isn’t the girl who lost her mother, or the girl everyone feels sorry for.
Instead she’s the girl who finds a friend in school freak Liza. She’s the girl who catches the eye of James – a college bound guy who shows his affections by offering wood carvings.
But will Morrisvile, Liza, and even James be enough to get Betsy through this tough time?
The Pursuit of Happiness, written by author Tara Altebrando, is a contemporary read that offers readers all the feels.