Either of these is fine by me! I love Ranson’s Folly and am always ready for a re-read. And I have not yet read Emily of Deep Valley, but it gets amazing reviews and was specifically called out as a “perfect quarantine read”.
Richard Harding Davis was the king of romanticizing brave reckless young Americans of the 19 oughts. This is a fun novella about a good nature brave rich man’s son who ends up an army officer stationed on a post in the far West where he is more interested in the quiet thoughtful beautiful modest trading post owner’s daughter than all the fancy officer’s wives and sisters who throw themselves at him.
Emily of Deep Valley
This is an internal kind of story about a “wasted year”. Our heroine graduates high school but cannot leave for college with her friends because she has to care for her ailing grandfather. But the year of quietly doing nothing leads to great internal growth and increasing maturity brought about by seeing her hometown and the world around her ever more clearly. Oh, and there’s a romance.
Both of them are available on kindle or in hard copy pretty easily. Both of them are fast reads (Ransom’s Folly perhaps a little faster).
Which do you prefer?