by Elizabeth Yates

An insightful story about Love

5.0 rating
December 16, 2019

An insightful story about love. Love of learning, love for a child, the love of family, romantic love, love for your fellow men, and more. Totally worth a read!

Heather Law

Loved this

5.0 rating
December 16, 2019

This book was charming. It tackles some big topics and makes the reader feel as if they are a part of Nearby, New England.


Nearby is inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it!

5.0 rating
October 9, 2019

This book kept me wanting to know more and more until I was finished with the book! There were many hard and sad issues brought up in the book (prostitution, suicide, slandering people’s names, discrimination, etc…), but they didn’t drag me down, nor were they glossed over. I felt so inspired throughout the entire book. There are so many beautiful metaphors in the book as well as messages that made me want to be better and do better. I love this book!

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This warm, inspiring story—set in a rural New England village called Nearby—is brought to life through the eyes of Mary, the new teacher who devotes herself to changing prejudices and lifting her students’ minds and hearts to a higher place. With beautiful description, award-winning author Elizabeth Yates weaves a complex plot packed with endearing characters and powerful messages.

Nearby is a wonderful example of literature that can address deep, mature issues—such as prostitution, suicide, neglect, and lust versus love—in a way that is not overly descriptive or dark, maintaining an underlying feeling of light and hope. Especially for older teenagers and adults, this clean language version of Nearby is a deeply inspiring book with one of the most beautiful, feel-good endings to a book I have ever read.” –Jenny Phillips

334 pages

Clean language version

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