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A Little Country Girl

Susan Coolidge

Book Overview: 

Candace makes the first long trip of her young life alone. Everything is new, from the ocean views, to the fashionable people she encounters; from the museum-like home, to the unfamiliar cousins. How will she adapt to the new experiences and will she overcome the homesickness she feels? Will she adapt her country ways and enter society, or be an embarrassment to her fine relations? Etiquette and style can be learned; but kindness, common sense and a loving heart are inbred.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dear Cannie,"—and Mrs. Gray kissed her,—"I will, of course; and I am glad you like to have me. Your mother was the sweetest, most refined little lady that I ever knew. I loved her dearly; and I should love to treat you as I do my own girls, to whom I have to give a hint or a caution or a little lecture almost every day of their lives. No girl ever grew into a graceful, well-bred woman without many such small lessons from somebody. If your mother had lived, all these things would have come naturally to you from the mere fact of being with her and noticing what she did. You would have needed no help from[60] any one else. But are you sure," she went on, after a little pause, "that you won't end by thinking me tiresome or interfering or worrisome, if I do as I say?"

"No, indeed, I won't!" cried Candace, to whom this long talk had been like the clearing up after a thunder-shower. "I think it would be too mean if I felt that way when you are so kin. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is set towards the end of the 19th century, in the US. Orphaned Candace, who is 16 and a countrified innocent, goes to stay with her mother's cousin for the summer, and gets to know her three second cousins, girls of similar ages. Unsurprisingly they are all shocked at her dowdy clothes and lac

Sweet little late Victorian story about a country girl, her city cousins, and the lessons they all learn about living a good and true life.

Teenage (not that they had teenagers in 1885) orphan Candace was raised in the country by stern relatives, and is now going to live with her mother's wealthy best friend at a Connecticut seaside resort town. The friend's daughters are at first embarrassed by Candace's lack of sophistication, but of

This is a sweet little story about a girl who was living in the country and who goes to live with her city cousins. At first there is some friction, but they help her to become a little bit more sophisticated, and she helps them with her wholesome ways.
I liked how the little country girl, Candace,

A lovely story of a girl who leaves her plain country home where she has been raised after the death of her parents by older relatives with strict ways. She has been invited to spend the summer at Newport with the family of her mother’s dear friend, ‘Cousin Kate’ as she learns to call her.
At first i

A fun little book that is funny and instructive as well as it keeps you entertained.

3.5/5
I will call this sweet medicine, because it taught and reminded me of some sweet morals and manners within the story, yet we wouldn't want to have medicine every day likewise. Very old fashioned and sweet, but I wish there was a little more of character.

Cute children's book about a country girl who goes to live with wealthy relatives. Strong moral tale with lessons on manners but a little preachy.