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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

Excellent! Action, love, and great examples of how Christian girls SHOULD act.

The ending

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.

5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I really enjoyed this book. Elsie is such an inspiring character—a convicting & encouraging example. She’s also just such a sweet, lovely girl! :) There was actually a lot of humour in this book with Aunt Wealthy. And I really appreciated how the whole subject of listening to

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,"

These books were written in a different time, and much has changed since then. I don't find them offensive in any way. I think they're sweet, innocent stories, but I'm certain not all would enjoy, as is evident in other reviews. I might not agree with all that is written within their pages, but that

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

Love this book! I have no clue how many times I have read it. I get teary eyed in exactly three scene EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. (I am sure I cried way more the first time reading the book! ;P)

Just a note, most of my comments contain spoilers.

The beginning of the book picks up like the second book never ended, just like with the first book. So it might be a little bit confusing to those who haven't read the previous books. Mr. Dinsmore states all this (view spoiler)[in his proposal to Rose, but that's a (hide spoiler)]

I finished Elsie’s Holidays at Roselands quite a while ago now, and had this one on my Kindle waiting to be read, but for some reason I never started it until the end of last week. I had figured this was going to be one of the more boring books—after she gets married it’s more interesting for a book

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