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Elsie's Girlhood

Martha Finley

Book Overview: 

In the third book of Martha Finley's much-loved Elsie Dinsmore series, Elsie's life is traced from the tender age of 12 or 13 to the mature age of 21. Her life is not all sunshine and roses, but she is secure in the love of the Lord and her family.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Our little daughter is such a precious treasure that we must needs watch over her very carefully," he added in a tone that was half playful, half tender, while he pressed the little gloved hand in his, and his eyes rested upon the sweet fair face with an expression of proud fatherly affection.

Her answering look was full of filial reverence and love. "Dear papa, it is so nice to be so loved and cared for; so sweet to hear such words from your lips. I do believe I'm the very happiest girl in the land." She had already almost forgotten Arthur and his rudeness and brutality.

"And I the happiest father," he said with a pleased smile. "Ah, here comes mamma to meet as with little Horace."

The child ran forward with a glad shout to meet his sister, Rose met her with loving words and a fond caress; one might have thought from their joyous welcome, that she was returning after an absence of weeks or months instead . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reader thoughts: This book was rather boring. Yes, we still have the minor conflict of "Will Elsie trust and marry the scoundrel?" Alas, that sort of plot never interested me much. He seems nice, but she has only known him for a couple of months, and he clearly just wants her money. Elsie is too tru

I love these old time favorites. They are pleasant to read, and refreshingly non-politically correct. It was a time of respect and truthfulness, where families were solid and meaningful.

ELSIE'S GIRLHOOD is #3 in the ongoing saga of sugar-sweet Elsie and her devoted Papa. Here, little Elsie grows up to be the fairytale princess we always suspected her to be. As a young woman she's so beautiful that people gasp with admiration at the very sight of her. She "sings like a nightingale,"

I actually picked up this book without knowing anything about it (my copy was printed 1872).

It's definitely very Christian, which is fine but it's very dated Christian. I mean to say, according to the values put forth by the author theatre and dancing are both activities good Christians don't partak

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