Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

This is a heartwarming story set in the late 19th century about a widower and his two children living on the prairie who place an ad for a wife and mother. A woman named Sarah from Maine responds and comes to live with them for a trial period. Over time, Sarah, who is described as plain and tall, forms a bond with the children and the father, and despite her longing for the sea, she decides to stay and become a part of their family.

The 1690th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 264

Since this book was first published in 1985, there is a penalty of 17.6%. The age adjusted score is 217.54.

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