Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts || Book Review

I’m sure everyone is a fan of The Wizard of Oz, right? RIGHT?

This book is such a sweet inspiration, how fighting for what is right is necessary and how old traditions shouldn’t just be discarded.

This turned out to be an interesting read, even though it’s not the type of historical fiction books I’m usually drawn to.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge Criteria: A Historical Fiction
Originally published: 2019

Pages: 512
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book – because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her–the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.


The book started off a little slow, dragging along slightly and then picked up towards the middle for me to keep my attention once more.

The book runs along two timelines, one for the current times in the book and one with Maud’s backstory. It helped understand her character because you could see where she was coming from and what shaped her into the woman she was in the current times.

I loved the fight Maud put up to keep to the original and true story, and her refusal to be subdued was admirable. Her protective shadow over Judy Garland in the book was so sweet and so true to her nature.

I loved the


I enjoyed the fact that the author used real facts, and fiction, and added them to the book, instead of just taking a topic and twisting it in a completely different direction.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.15 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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