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Esther : a book for girls

Rosa Nouchette Carey

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But I was quite well satisfied and triumphant. When Deborah baked girdle cakes, she meant the warmest of welcomes, and no end of honor to Uncle Geoffrey's guests.

"Humph! girdle cakes!" observed Uncle Geoffrey, with a smile, as he regarded them. "Deb is in a first-rate humor, then. You have played your cards well, old lady," and his eyes twinkled merrily.

I went into the kitchen after tea, and had another long talk with Deborah. Dear old kitchen! How many happy hours we children had spent in it! It was very low and dark, and its two windows looked out on the stable-yard; but in the evening, when the fire burned clear and the blinds were drawn, it was a pleasant place. Deborah and Martha used to sit in the brown Windsor chairs knitting, with Puff, the great tabby cat, beside them, and the firelight would play on the red brick floor and snug crimson curtains.

Deborah and I had a grand talk that night. She was a trifle obstina. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If you're a fan of Alcott and Yonge this should suit, though it is singularly lacking in rebarbative clever girls and Jack, the token tomboy, is kept firmly on the sidelines. There is nothing revolutionary here, but there are saintly invalids a-go-go, mild peril, plain girl winning out over pretty s

Esther and her family are fairly well to do. She is at school at the age of 17 when her uncle comes to fetch her with news of her family's financial reversal and her father's serious illness. Her father dies shortly, leaving her mother and six children mostly dependent on their uncle's generosity. H

A comfortable before-bed read. Quite entertaining with a sweet family history and rooted in Christian Faith, it doesn’t really have any climax to it, just a steady flow throughout. I enjoyed the story as something interesting to read but a simple leisurely-read companion. I would recommend it to any

The best thing about this book is the saint is not saintly and the worker bee wins all. For fans of these old fashioned books.