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The Old Peabody Pew

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ncluding ten of school-teaching, had done so little to mar its serenity.  “The lily story is as true as the gospel!” she exclaimed, “and I can see how one thing has led you to another in making the church comfortable.  But my husband says that two coats of paint on the pews would cost a considerable sum.”

“How about cleaning them?  I don’t believe they’ve had a good hard washing since the flood.”  The suggestion came from Deacon Miller’s wife to the president.

“They can’t even be scrubbed for less than fifteen or twenty dollars, for I thought of that and asked Mrs. Simpson yesterday, and she said twenty cents a pew was the cheapest she could do it for.”

“We’ve done everything else,” said Nancy Wentworth, with a twitch of her thread; “why don’t we scrub the pews?  There’s nothing in the orthodox creed to forbid, is there?&. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The story line is simple... with a hint of equal rights for women weaved in. The illustrations are outstanding, and there is a frame of decorations on every page!

An enjoyable story for the Advent season.

Delightful!

Chose this rating because I very much enjoyed this little book. The characters are delightful and the town is picturesque. Requiring a minimum number of characters does discourage sharing thoughts.

3.5 stars
I enjoyed this sweet story. While there wasn't much in the way of excitement or action (besides cleaning the church), it was just right for a Christmas read. And I loved the ending.

The book gets off to a bit of a slow start, but I enjoyed it.

Christmas and a 'Dorcas society' and a long awaited culmination to a sweet romance.. This almost reminds me of one of L.M. Montgomery's short stories. Sweet and wholesome with some good old-fashioned country charm.

Delightful. Just a short, sweet story with a little bit of humor and romance. Perfect for an afternoon read.

I loved this sweet novella. Quick fun read at Christmas time.

I remember as a small (but literate) child, examining books in my aunt's bookshelf and being told "Oh, you don't want that, that's just The Old Peabody Pew." (Of course as a seven-year-old I thought this was a hilarious title!) Recently, I realized that this tale fit into the category of Christma...more

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