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This article is about the original novel. You might be looking for the episode please see Mary Anne and the Great Romance (episode).

Mary Anne and the Great Romance is the 30th book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin.

Back Cover Summary

It's official — Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother are getting married! The Baby-sitters think it's so romantic, especially since Mr. Spier and Mrs. Schafer first fell in love when they were in high school.

But nothing can top Mary Anne and Dawn's excitement. They want a huge wedding with beautiful dresses, lots of presents, and a five-layer cake. After all, this isn't just any wedding. Mary Anne and Dawn are going to be baby-sitters, best friends, and sisters, too!


It's Ms. Schafer's birthday! Dawn, Mary Anne, and Mr. Spier are going to surprise her with dinner at a restaurant. Every thing is perfect and when the cake comes she finds an engagement ring on the cake. They're getting married! But it is not all fun. Dawn and Mary Anne start to fight a lot. And Mary Anne's father did not tell her they're moving to Dawn's house. Also, they do not want a big wedding. It basically ends with Dawn and Mary Anne reaching to grab the bride’s flowers.


Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold aren’t getting along, despite having separate identities now. They decide to have separate bedrooms, and they both seem much happier.


Mary Anne's Family

BSC Members




Pop Culture and Real-Life References

  • Haley Mills movies: Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, That Darn Cat, and The Moon-Spinners
  • Pippi Longstockings, The Teddy Bears' Christmas, the Witch Next Door, Baby Island, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Dr. Dolittle (books)
  • Talbots and Laura Ashley (stores)

Continuity and Inconsistencies



  • In the first printing, Dawn's name is repeated and Mallory is missing on pages 141-142.
  • Mary Anne says that Kristy has never missed a BSC meeting. But she missed one in Kristy and the Snobs when Louie was really sick.
  • In chapter 2, Kristy calls Dawn and Mary Anne for a social call, even though she’s babysitting. It later becomes a club rule that babysitters won’t call friends to socialize while they’re working,
  • Mary Anne mentions that she wants to wear a pink dress to her dad’s wedding, but she hates the color pink.

Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter

Dear Reader,

I am often asked how I can come up with the ideas for so many Baby-sitters Club stories. Surprisingly, I find that the longer the series continues, the easier it is to come up with ideas. There are so many characters that eventually they begin to suggest their own storylines. For example, Dawn and Jeff move to Stoneybrook in book #4, and Jeff is very unhappy. So by book #13 I felt that Jeff might want to move back to California to live with his father. Also in book #4, Mary Anne and Dawn decide to bring their parents back together. And now, in book #30, they finally get married!

Some storylines that seem right for a character don’t actually work out, though. For example, my editors and I once considered a big story for Mallory—sending her to boarding school. In the end, we decided that wasn’t such a good idea. Readers would miss her too much. Some ideas are better than others!


  • A reprint is set to be released March 4, 2025. [1]
  • An episode of the Netflix series adapted the book for season 2 [2].
  • This is the first (and only) time a book ends before the story's conclusion, which happens in the next book.
  • Richard says that if they all lived in the Spiers’ current house after he and Sharon get married, Mary Anne and Dawn would have to share a room when Jeff visits. This implies the house has three bedrooms (one for Richard, one for Mary Anne, and one for guests).
  • Sharon's parents are noted to be fairly wealthy. This was also mentioned in Mary Anne Saves the Day and Dawn and the Impossible Three.
  • Sharon celebrates her 43rd birthday in this book.
  • Richard thinks it's rude to ask a lady her age.
  • Mary Anne invented a board game called Mary Anne's Game of School that the Arnolds play.
  • Richard had Sharon's engagement ring hidden in the cake. Originally they had decided not to do a formal engagement as they had both been married once before and didn't need new rings.
  • Logan comes to a BSC meeting.
  • Jobs arranged but never seen are with the Rodowsky and Perkins family.
  • Vanessa used to be teased for talking in rhyme so much at home. Mallory got called metal mouth by the triplets when she got her braces.
  • Sam and Charlie have a friend named Patrick.
  • The church that Mary Anne and Richard go to has the longest aisle in Stoneybrook. Mary Anne also calls it pretty.
  • Stacey lives closer to the Arnolds now.
  • Stacey thought that Marilyn's new room was a little on the dull side.
  • Claudia helped both Stacey and Mary Anne decorate their rooms when they moved.
  • Charlie gets the Junk Bucket in this book.
  • Mary Anne, Dawn, and Sharon went looking for dresses at Talbots for the wedding; the girls didn't end up finding anything.
  • Richard and Sharon plan to spend their wedding night at the Strathmoore Inn.
  • This is one of the only books that mentions Stacey has to test her urine because she has diabetes.


Baby-Sitters Club Books
The Summer Before | #1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls | #3 The Truth About Stacey | #4 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Claudia and Mean Janine | #8 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #9 The Ghost at Dawn's House | #10 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #11 Kristy and the Snobs | #12 Claudia and the New Girl | #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #14 Hello, Mallory | #15 Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn | #16 Jessi's Secret Language | #17 Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery | #18 Stacey's Mistake | #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #20 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #21 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins | #22 Jessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter | #23 Dawn on the Coast | #24 Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise | #25 Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger | #26 Claudia and the Sad Good-bye | #27 Jessi and the Superbrat | #28 Welcome Back, Stacey! | #29 Mallory and the Mystery Diary | #30 Mary Anne and the Great Romance | #31 Dawn's Wicked Stepsister | #32 Kristy and the Secret of Susan | #33 Claudia and the Great Search | #34 Mary Anne and Too Many Boys | #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook | #36 Jessi's Baby-Sitter | #37 Dawn and the Older Boy | #38 Kristy's Mystery Admirer | #39 Poor Mallory! | #40 Claudia and the Middle School Mystery | #41 Mary Anne vs. Logan | #42 Jessi and the Dance School Phantom | #43 Stacey's Emergency | #44 Dawn and the Big Sleepover | #45 Kristy and the Baby Parade | #46 Mary Anne Misses Logan | #47 Mallory on Strike | #48 Jessi's Wish | #49 Claudia and the Genius of Elm Street | #50 Dawn's Big Date | #51 Stacey's Ex-Best Friend | #52 Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies | #53 Kristy for President | #54 Mallory and the Dream Horse | #55 Jessi's Gold Medal | #56 Keep Out, Claudia! | #57 Dawn Saves the Planet | #58 Stacey's Choice | #59 Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym) | #60 Mary Anne's Makeover | #61 Jessi and the Awful Secret | #62 Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever | #63 Claudia's Freind Friend | #64 Dawn's Family Feud | #65 Stacey's Big Crush | #66 Maid Mary Anne | #67 Dawn's Big Move | #68 Jessi and the Bad Baby-sitter | #69 Get Well Soon, Mallory! | #70 Stacey and the Cheerleaders | #71 Claudia and the Perfect Boy | #72 Dawn and the We Love Kids Club | #73 Mary Anne and Miss Priss | #74 Kristy and the Copycat | #75 Jessi's Horrible Prank | #76 Stacey's Lie | #77 Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever | #78 Claudia and Crazy Peaches | #79 Mary Anne Breaks the Rules | #80 Mallory Pike, No. 1 Fan | #81 Kristy and Mr. Mom | #82 Jessi and the Troublemaker | #83 Stacey vs. the BSC | #84 Dawn and the School Spirit War | #85 Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO! | #86 Mary Anne and Camp BSC | #87 Stacey and the Bad Girls | #88 Farewell, Dawn | #89 Kristy and the Dirty Diapers | #90 Welcome to the BSC, Abby! | #91 Claudia and the First Thanksgiving | #92 Mallory's Christmas Wish | #93 Mary Anne and the Memory Garden | #94 Stacey McGill, Super Sitter | #95 Kristy + Bart = ? | #96 Abby's Lucky Thirteen | #97 Claudia and the World's Cutest Baby | #98 Dawn and Too Many Sitters | #99 Stacey's Broken Heart | #100 Kristy's Worst Idea | #101 Claudia Kishi, Middle School Dropout | #102 Mary Anne and the Little Princess | #103 Happy Holidays, Jessi | #104 Abby's Twin | #105 Stacey the Math Whiz | #106 Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade | #107 Mind Your Own Business, Kristy! | #108 Don't Give Up, Mallory! | #109 Mary Anne to the Rescue | #110 Abby the Bad Sport | #111 Stacey's Secret Friend | #112 Kristy and the Sister War | #113 Claudia Makes Up Her Mind | #114 The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier | #115 Jessi's Big Break | #116 Abby and the Best Kid Ever | #117 Claudia and the Terrible Truth | #118 Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer | #119 Stacey's Ex-Boyfriend | #120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight | #121 Abby in Wonderland | #122 Kristy in Charge | #123 Claudia's Big Party | #124 Stacey McGill... Matchmaker? | #125 Mary Anne in the Middle | #126 The All-New Mallory Pike | #127 Abby's Un-Valentine | #128 Claudia and the Little Liar | #129 Kristy at Bat | #130 Stacey's Movie | #131 The Fire at Mary Anne's House
Super Specials
#1 Baby-sitters on Board! | #2 Baby-sitters' Summer Vacation | #3 Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation | #4 Baby-sitters' Island Adventure | #5 California Girls! | #6 New York, New York! | #7 Snowbound | #8 Baby-sitters at Shadow Lake | #9 Starring the Baby-sitters Club #10 Sea City, Here We Come! | #11 The Baby-sitters Remember | #12 Here Come the Bridesmaids! | #13 Aloha, Baby-sitters! | #14 BSC in the USA | #15 Baby-sitters' European Vacation
Portrait Collection
Stacey's Book | Claudia's Book | Dawn's Book | Mary Anne's Book | Kristy's Book | Abby's Book
The Baby-Sitters Club Notebook (1987) | The Baby-Sitters Club Postcard Book (1991) | Trivia & Puzzle Fun Book (1992) | Ann M. Martin: The Story of the author of the Baby-sitters Club (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Guide to Babysitting (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Chain Letter (1993) | The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa (1994) | Audio Books on Cassette Tape (1994-5) | BSC Movie Novelization (1995) | The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club (1996) | Autograph Book (1998) | BSC Graphic Novels (2006-present) | We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers (2021) | Welcome to Stoneybrook: A Guided Journal (2021) | The Official Coloring Book (2023)