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Elsie's New Relations

Martha Finley

Book Overview: 

In this ninth book in the classic Elsie Dinsmore series, the family finishes their summer at the seaside and returns to Ion. The narrative turns from Elsie to Violet's family, particularly her step-children Max and Lulu as they adjust to life in their new family.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Farewell, God knows when we shall meet again."

The next morning the captain and Max were out together on the beach before Violet and the little girls had left their rooms. The lad liked to be alone with his father sometimes. He had always been proud and fond of him, and the past few months of constant intercourse had greatly strengthened the bonds of affection between them. The boy's heart was sore at thought of the parting that must soon come, the captain's hardly less so. He talked very kindly with his son, urging him to make the best use of his time, talents and opportunities, and grow up to be a good, honorable and useful man.

"I want to be just such a man as you are, papa," Max said, with an admiring, affectionate look up into his father's face, and slipping his hand into his as he spoke.

The captain clasped the hand lovingly in his, and held it fast.

"I hope you will be a better and more talented man, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The family vacation at the beach is coming to an end. and Captain Raymond must be shipped off at once. So begins the long summer of raising Viloets adoptive children, Loving Max, Rebelious Lulu, and Fragile Gracie.

ELSIE'S NEW RELATIONS is a direct sequel to GRANDMOTHER ELSIE. It deals with storylines begun in the previous book, and we see Elsie presiding over her family as the beautiful, picture-perfect Mrs. Travilla. I especially like the scene on Christmas night, when she opens her jewelry box and weeps ove


The characters could have been interesting...but weren't. The plot could have been exciting...but wasn't. It was a story about as worth my time as eating pablum! The upside: no sex scenes to skip or cuss words to ignore. A book for a young reader maybe.

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