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Her mother wants her to marry a man whose name she doesn’t know.

Book Highlights

Be Transported To Another Time...

Set on Prince Edward Island in the 19th century and based on a story told by the author’s grandmother about her own grandparents,

Explore Life In The 1800s

Mattie’s Story relates a year in the life of Mattie Cameron, a descendant of the Selkirk Settlers who first came to the Island in 1803.

Topics That Transcend Time

Relationships (mother and daughter, husband and wife, friend and friend)
Marriage, maturity and responsibility.
Women’s lives (marriage, childbirth, death and remarriage).
Life in a community.
Mattie’s Story will be of interest to all readers who enjoy books by and about women.

Mattie’s Story is a fine tale of what life in a PEI community in the early 1800’s was like. The author weaves a wonderful story of one young girl’s coming of age in the hard days of a pioneer farming, where neighbours were good to have, even when you had to walk five miles there and back. Mattie is a captivating protagonist, as we watch her from a girl who climb tree to get her siblings spruce gum to chew on, to a young married woman with a child of her own. Mattie’s story is a great gift to give a friend who well be visiting Prince Edward Island, a young girl who loves the Little House on the Prairies series, or anyone who loves reading historical fiction.

Susan Buchanan

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What Readers Are Saying

Our readers love Mattie’s Story

Mattie Cameron is only 15 years old and playing with the children when a man comes courting.

In fear, she marries him that very day, knowing nothing of what to expect from marriage. Her changed status alters her relationships with family and friends, while childbirth strains her connection with her difficult mother. Will Mattie find love and security with a man who was once a stranger?
Although intended for Young Adult readers, I was hooked … MAB

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Read this book if you love being whisked into the past Suzanne Mills

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Read Mattie’s Story and follow Mattie as she changes from a girl to a woman.

Mattie’s Story is the first of the Scottish Pioneers novels by Margaret A. Westlie. Vulnerable yet resolute and tough-minded, Mattie will draw you in.
Margaret Westlie

Margaret Westlie


Margaret Westlie is a native of Halifax with close family ties to Prince Edward Island, where her family immigrated from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in 1803. She is a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing and of Dalhousie University in Halifax.

She discovered her talent for writing almost by accident, while completing a degree in church music, and immediately switched her degree plan to English, receiving a Master’s Degree in English with a Professional Writing Emphasis in Prose and Poetry from the University of Missouri.

She played violin with the Philarmonia of Kansas City and has sung with a number of choral groups, including the Confederation Centre Singers and Akkord in Charlottetown. She is also an accomplished pencil portraitist. She makes her home in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, where her novels are set.

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