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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.

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 do

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

This book was good. Very good! It reminds me that no sin is a little sin. I love Elsie, and a few times I wished that I could go into the book to give her a hug... The ending was not conclusive, but that is usually the case in a series. I am looking forward to reading the next one. I gave four stars

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