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In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. She said, “You’ve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now, you’re going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"

I didn’t understand, but I nodded my head anyway. It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. I would do what she told me. I didn’t have a choice, any more than I had a choice in being born.

Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:498 pages

    Maude Reviews

  • Elyse
    Oct 03, 2016

    Donna Foley Mabry, author, and granddaughter of 'Maude', shares her grandmother's story with compassion, dignity, sensitivity, and love. Donna was just a little girl herself when she remembers Maude t...

  • Jennifer Blakeslee
    Jan 03, 2015

    What a tragic tale. This reads like a transcript of an oral story, which on some level it is. It's rife with details of American history, but the relentless sadness sometimes made me want to hurl the ...

  • Kim
    Dec 20, 2014

    Wow. Reading Maude reminded me of those Little House on the Prairie books I used to read as a kid. Only this is the reality version. This is a book everyone should read. How many of us could have cham...

  • Stephanie Ezrilov
    Dec 31, 2014

    A sad storyI gave this book three stars because I wanted to set it down several times. It was plain white rice for most of the way through but I kept reading nonetheless. It's just a sad story, much l...

  • Julie Pineda
    Dec 28, 2014

    Worth more than you paid!I'm not one to write reviews or even choose books with a more historical setting. One day I was just looking for a well-rated cheap book and the excerpt for Maude caught my at...

  • Sunny
    Jan 08, 2015

    I loved MaudeI devoured this book. Hard to put down. Maude is a powerhouse of strength and fortitude. Her pioneer spirit rings so true, and her reactions to events in history are priceless. Would we a...

  • Talisa Newton
    Jan 02, 2015

    I wanted to like the book and I did in some ways. I just wondered if some of Maude' s children's behavior was related to her self confessed rejection of them even in infancy. I hate to think that Bud ...

  • Brenda Shelton
    Dec 01, 2014

    Maude is a MUST read!I loved this story! It is for anyone who is familiar with or who has family or friends who grew up during this time. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days _ just reading ...

  • Shari Larsen
    Feb 15, 2015

    This book is based on the true story of the life of the author's grandmother, Maude Foley, who was born in 1892, and died during the 1960's. While most of the story is true, it is classified as fictio...

  • Katie
    Feb 20, 2015

    Oh, I think it's a book everyone should read. I do. It's a simply-written book and reads very fast. So much of Maude's life is unthinkable to us now... an early marriage at 14, a second marriage to av...