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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.

I love Edwards wife Zoe. She is only 15 and does not know how to be a wife. I love the advice her mother-in-law gives her. That you must bear and forbear. Zoe loves her husband, but doesn't like the obedience that comes with marriage. In the end she finally gives up her disobedience to her husband

5 stars & 5/10 hearts. It’s been a long time since I read Elsie… and as soon as I open this book it slams me with a message I needed to hear. I really liked how it tackled the subject of husband and wives and submission. It did a really good job showing both sides and concluding it. Edward and Zoe r

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

So far, this book is wonderful. I loved the part about Zoe (Elsie's brother, Edward's, wife) and how she was jealous and selfish. She was jealous of Edward because he didn't always give her all his attention, but Zoe had to learn that she can't ALWAYS have ALL the attention. This really made me thin

Typical Elsie book, focusing on the romance between Violet and her special someone, and Edward and his special someone. Nice job highlighting the different personalities, struggles, and relationships, while still staying quintessentially Elsie Dinsmore.

This series is a bit Calvinistic in its theology, and it's also a bit uber-Christian; i.e., the Christians are really, really good and the non-Christians are really, really bad.


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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