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Elsie's Womanhood

Martha Finley

Book Overview: 

The seventh in the Elsie Dinsmore series, this book begins with the death of Elsie's beloved husband. As Elsie learns to live in widowhood, the story shifts to the lives of those most precious to her - her children and extended family.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .years they had been accustomed to think and speak as one of the heavenly host.

Spriggs' victim of the previous day was in bed, complaining much of a misery in back and head and limbs.

"De doctah hab been heyah," she said, "an' leff me dese powdahs to take," drawing a tiny package from under her pillow.

Elsie spoke soothingly to her; said she should have some broth from the house, and should be excused from work till the doctor pronounced her quite fit for it again; and left her apparently quite happy.

It was the intention of our friends to spend some weeks at Viamede.

"I want you to have every possible enjoyment while here, my darling," Mr. Dinsmore said, as they sat together resting after their ride, in the wide veranda at the front of the house, looking out over the beautiful lawn, the bayou, and the lovely scenery beyond. "There are pleasant neighbors who will doubtless call when they hear . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another excellent book for character-building. The same problems as my reviews of earlier books with writing style but mostly explained by the era in which it was written. A general look at the the cause of the Civil War and a more emotional display of the "brother against brother" nature of the war

All the Elsie books are fantastic, especially the first ten!

I find that as I read or re-read classic literature from every age, my patience for certain topics or pieces has definitely increased with age. While I would never say I was a devout fan of any "ism", I would think that feminists, as well as people who believe in equality would have had a great deal

5 stars & 5/10 hearts. In my opinion, the Elsie books just get better & better. It is so incredibly refreshing to read a book where I 100% agree with all the spiritual content—and which is FULL of spiritual content! I loved seeing Elsie’s routine with her children. Also, I have to admit that at firs

ELSIE'S WOMANHOOD is #4 in the series and I must admit that Elsie, despite all her dreadfulness, has become my favorite heroine. She's all grown up now, at least physically, and of course she's still beautiful and pious and sweet. She's married too, to the adoring Mr. Travilla who treats her like th

I think this is the one where the series started to go downhill for me.

Delightfully old fashioned

I love these Elsie books both for their good values and charm. Yes, they are a bit out dated but still very entertaining to read. It's a great pleasure to watch Elsie grow from child to mother in these books and to see her faith grow as well. I highly recommend them.

As with the other books in this series, Elsie’s Womanhood picks up where Elsie’s Girlhood left off—at the scene where Elsie is finally engaged. This story continues the tale, and while it’s fairly slow at times, there are several interesting diversions with Tom Jackson trying to kill Mr. Travilla—or

What can I say? I'm just very fond of Edward Travilla. I appreciated the increased action/adventure scenes in this volume. I think I might actually keep reading these books. I had trouble keeping track of the female characters changing names at the end because of marriages, and the Civil War afterma

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