The next morning, of course, Betsy made a list. Lists were always her comfort. p.150It was good to see Betsy growing up and learning about the world. That way she has these experiences before settling down and getting married. If she hadn't had a couple of romances, then her reunion with Joe might have fallen flat. Betsy needed more life experience and she got plenty in her travels in Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain. I enjoyed the descriptions of the places she visited and loved the clothing they wore and the trends in clothing at the time. It was also interesting to see World War I begin from the viewpoint of an American in Europe and how that occupied the attentions of everyone. It felt very real (mostly because these books are a fictionalized autobiography of Maud Hart Lovelace) and I was glad that Betsy and Joe are reunited in the end, but it was nice to see Betsy experience life outside of her comfort zone.