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Holidays at Roselands

Martha Finley

Book Overview: 

This is the second book of the much loved Elsie Dinsmore series and starts where the first book left off. Elsie is still recuperating from her weakness, with her kind and indulgent father by her side.

The story revolves around how a strong bond of love and understanding takes root between the father and daughter, as they holiday at Roselands, and visit exciting places, with some of our favorite friends from the first book, Mr. Travilla, Adelaide, Chloe, Lora and the others.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .r child was suffering than she could have been by the severest rebuke administered to herself. She silently assisted Mr. Dinsmore in his efforts to relieve her; and at length, as Elsie's tears ceased to flow, and the color began to come back to her cheeks, she asked, in a tone full of loving sympathy, "Is you better now, darlin'?"

"Yes, mammy, thank you; the pain is nearly all gone now," Elsie answered gently; and then the soft eyes were raised pleadingly to her father's face.

"I'm not angry with you, daughter," he replied, drawing her head down to his breast, and kissing her tenderly. "It was only my great love for my little girl that made me feel so vexed that she should have been hurt in trying to save a paltry toy."

After this Mr. Dinsmore gave orders that Enna should never be permitted to enter Elsie's room in his absence, and thus she was saved all further annoyance of that kind; and Chloe was carefu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Being a Catholic myself, the climax of this book made me laugh hysterically. Amusingly melodramatic, and a good set up for the next book.

Good read except for the strong antiCatholicism.

I enjoyed reading this book, even though it was very easy to put it down and take breaks in the reading this. Elsie definitely improves her emotional side and faithfully trusts the Lord. This was a pleasurable read.

Much like its predecessor, Elsie's Holiday at Roselands is either simplistic, contrived, and awkward, or else wickedly accurate satire (I mean, I've never read Christian childrens' fiction, so I don't know if it's accurate, but everyone else seems to think it's real, so if it's not, Martha Finley is

When I was a kid I loved everyone of these.

While I enjoyed this book more than the 1st, it just made me super angry. Elsie's father is a tyrant as is other household members and servants. So much so, that Elsie ends up on her death bed with a broken heart and barely survives. Mr. Dinsmore is ever so strict if not more so and repeatedly used

I've loved this book ever since I was about 10 years old. See my review on the first of the series for reasons why.
The first book was originally published in 1868, solidly in the defined dates of the American Romantic Period of literature. This most definitely explains the melodramatic nature of th

ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS AT ROSELANDS is the sequel to ELSIE DINSMORE. It brings our heroine, sugar-sweet Elsie, into direct conflict with her godless, domineering Papa. Elsie, as introduced in the first volume, is picture-perfect, a little Southern belle living in Virginia in the 1840's. Elsie seems the id

A beautiful story!

Still more didacticism. And some anti-Catholicism, too! Her dad is still a crazy person. However, I have to finish this series now, to see how much more wacky it gets . . .

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