I wonder how many of us read our first Emilie Loring book on some sort of transportation. I was on a train, and our guest writer, Ruth, read her first on a bus. Settle back and enjoy her journey:
It was the summer of 1956; I was 18, and this was the first time I had travelled alone. I was returning home to northern New Mexico after a visit with my brother. He had driven me to Salt Lake City so I could return home via Greyhound bus, and I settled in for the long ride home (750 plus miles – no Interstates back then).
The bus made many, many stops and somewhere along the way at a Podunk bus stop, I wandered into the “station” to look for a book to entertain me on the ride; I had always been an avid reader.
By some quirk of fate, I chanced upon For All Your Life, by Emilie Loring; I was not familiar with the author, but the book interested me. Well, needless to say, I loved the book and was hooked for life. Little did I know then that this book would change my reading preferences forever!
When I got home, I headed to our local library (small town stuff – open for two afternoons a week), and I took my Emilie Loring book with me. I spoke to the librarian and showed my book to her asking if she had any books by this author. She did not, but she did borrow my Emilie Loring book to read.
The very next week she proceeded to order Emilie Loring books for the library. She ordered two copies of each title when she ordered – one for the library and one for me (to purchase, of course). Every month she continued to order Emilie Loring books, and my collection slowly started to build. I continued buying and reading every Emilie Loring book I could find. When I did not have a new one to read, I did what any reasonable person would do – I reread the books I had.
As soon as my two younger sisters advanced beyond the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I encouraged them to read my Emilie Loring books. My sisters both came to love the books as much as I do (almost).
I have read them all many times, and each time I read one, it is a new adventure. The original 30 books are definitely the best. But the ghostwritten books have merit, even though they are not up to Emilie’s standards. Almost, I feel as if I knew her.
I am now in my 80s and still enjoy reading them again and again. With one exception, I have a complete set of the hardcover books (one was loaned out and never returned – also never loaned them again). We recently moved from New Mexico to Arizona, and, along with many other things, my precious Emilie Loring books are packed away in a box in the basement. So for now I am reading the Kindle versions.
Emilie Loring has been my favorite author since that day on the bus when I read For All Your Life. From her writings one can easily discern that she was both well-read and well-educated. Her descriptions are incomparable – they painted visual pictures that made me feel I, myself, was in those very spots even though I had never seen those places in person.
I cannot say enough good things about her books. I sincerely wish everyone would enjoy and love her books as much as I still do. I am so looking forward to reading Happy Landings.
Thank you, Ruth. I love the sisterly “My sisters both came to love the books as much as I do (almost).” I hope we can find that last book for you!