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Elsie Dinsmore

Martha Finley

Book Overview: 

Elsie, young and motherless, has never met her father and is being raised by her father’s family. As a strong Christian, she has many trials within the unbelieving family. Her greatest comforts are her faith and her mammy, Chloe. Finally, her father returns home. Will her father love her? Will her father learn to love Jesus?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .thrown very much upon her own resources for amusement, and having a natural love for books, and constant access to her grandfather's well-stocked library, had read many more, and with much more thought, than most children of her age, so that Mr. Travilla found her a not uninteresting companion, and was often surprised at the intelligence shown by her questions and replies.

When the dinner-bell rang he led her in, and seated her by himself, and never was any lady more carefully waited upon than little Elsie at this meal. Two or three other gentlemen guests were present, giving their attention to the older ladies of the company, and thus Mr. Travilla seemed to feel quite at liberty to devote himself entirely to her, attending to all her wants, talking with her, and making her talk.

Elsie now and then stole a glance at Mrs. Dinsmore, fearing her displeasure; but to her great relief, the lady seemed too much occupied to notice her. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Elsie, I adore you. Your father's kind of horrible (at the ripe old age of 27!) but you love him anyway. That takes guts, kid. I like following along with the Bible passages, and the writing is adorable. I'm on board for the next 27.

Amazing book that teaches morals and standards. Growing up I learned a lot from Elsie, though only read this one book. She taught me how to stand up for what I believe in and love all who are around me no matter who they are. To see the beauty in everyone.

The Original Elsie Classics by Martha Finley are some of the best books I have ever read. Elsie and her family endure several difficult trials through out her life. Through them she learns to trust God with everything, and rely on him to fulfill her every need. I would definitely recommend these...more

I read and reread this story over and over when I was in about the fifth grade. Elsie fascinated me with her innocence and she was surrounded by mean people, especially Enna. Her father also was distant and did not pay attention to her.
I did not read this edition but the one that my mother handed...more

I loved this book and I learned lots from reading it!

I feel that if I had tried to read this as a younger person, I would have been turned off to it completely. Elsie, the main character, is so thoroughly the image of what every parent wants or expects in a child that it can be very hard to relate to her emotionally. As an adult reading the series...more

Elsie Dinsmore is a rich heiress who happens to be a devoted Christian. She also lives with her extended family, where they emotionally abuse/bully poor Elsie, who bears all things with a patient and meek spirit. Basically, she is as near to a Mary Sue as one can be, except that she cries so ofte...more

I don't know why I still read these books. Ugh.

I am giving the entire series of 28 books the four stars. While most readers today probably would not, it is important to keep in mind that they were published between 1867 and 1905 and were meant for children and young ladies. Morality and faith abound. The first book begins with Elsie as a youn...more

I learned that even though nobody may not love you, you can still trust Jesus' love.

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