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Miss Billy

Eleanor H. Porter

Book Overview: 

Mr. Neilson was determined to name his first child after his boyhood chum, William Henshaw. When the baby disappointed him by being a girl, he was consoled by naming her Billy. Miss Billy, now 18, orphaned and all alone in the world, takes her lawyer’s suggestion to ask her namesake to take her in. Only one little problem – Mr. Henshaw did not know of her existence, and then mistakenly thinks that Billy is a boy!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .into each other's faces with despairing eyes.

In a moment Billy was on her feet, fluttering about the room, touching this thing, looking at that. Nothing escaped her.

"I'm to fish—and shoot—and fence!" she crowed. "And, oh!—look at those knives! U-ugh!... And, my! what are these?" she cried, pouncing on the Indian clubs. "And look at the spiders! Dear, dear, I AM glad they're dead, anyhow," she shuddered with a nervous laugh that was almost a sob.

Something in Billy's voice stirred Mrs. Hartwell to sudden action.

"Come, come, this will never do," she protested authoritatively, motioning her brothers to leave the room. "Billy is quite tired out, and needs rest. She mustn't talk another bit to-night."

"Of c-course not," stammered William. And only too glad of an excuse to withdraw from a very embarrassing situation, the three men called back a faltering good-night, and precipitately fled down-stairs. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Miss Billy (1911) is a pleasant romance by Eleanor H. Porter, an author perhaps better known for her children's novel Pollyanna (1913). Billy becomes an orphan around the age of eighteen. She has no living relatives, but she still needs a family, wants a family. She decides to write one of her fa...more

I have my grandmother's copy dated 1911. Priceless.

A nice little story, but lacking any real depth/character development. The story felt rather choppy at times. Still, a pleasant bit of reading, and I'm looking forward to continuing with the sequel to see what happens next.

This book belonged to my mother but somehow I didn't get around to reading it until now. Anyone who likes Pollyanna will like this book, too. Written by the same author, the story starts with an optimistic 18 year old girl who descends on a staid trio of brothers. It's wholesome, upbeat, and plai...more

This is a very sweet story, published in 1911. I have the three Miss BIlly books that were at my grandmother's house. The inscription in this one is dated 1915. I expected an innocent story that would end well, and that's what I got. I read the book in a short time because it was interesting and...more

What is it that sets a child apart from adults? Is it an inquisitive mind or the rosy innocence that she exudes?
Whatever it may be, Miss Billy from the moment she steps into 'The Strata', takes it by storm, turning the lives of three bachelor brothers upside down while slowly and surely stealing...more

Kisah klasik memang selalu indah. :)

It is a pleasant, enjoyable novel and has a nice writing style.

Oh, my! SO funny. At first, Billy was just a little bit exasperating, and I felt rather sorry for the Strata. However, as you get to know her, and see more of her, and as she matures, you grow to like her very much--just like the three brothers did, I suspect. ;) While William is who Billy is nam...more

Fun read. An orphan girl goes to live with three men. Who will she marry?

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