I’ve been intending to read The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis for several years. But every time I picked it up, I had a hard time getting past the first chapter.
I finally decided to check out the audiobook and listen to it. That made all the difference in the world!
By the time I was halfway through the audiobook, I was pulling our paperback copy off the shelf so I could read it at home instead of waiting until I drove somewhere to listen to it.
Sally March narrates the story. Her sister, Maude, is the one with all the misadventures. Which tend to be poor choices or mistakes blown out of proportion by the press. The girls are orphans, being raised by their single aunt.
One day, on an errand in town, their aunt is tragically killed. Kindly neighbors take them in, and after several months, decide that Maude should marry the elderly man courting her. Maude is completely against this, so she decides to run away. Sally won’t let her leave alone, so the girls sneak out one night and run.
That is just the beginning of their problems.
This is a rollicking good story that made me laugh out loud in places. The audiobook is a treat too. The best part is that there’s a sequel, Maude March on the Run!, in which Sally gets her fair share of attention, and suddenly she’s not quite so jealous of Maude’s.
Both books highly recommended for ages 8 and up.