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Queechy

Susan Warner

Book Overview: 

Fleda Ringan is an 11 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather in Queechy, Vermont. After a tragic incident, Fleda has to live with her aunt in Paris, Mrs. Rossiter. She travels to Paris under the care of young Mr. Carleton and his mother, a rich Englishwomen. Every young man who meets Fleda loves her, but she adores only Mr. Carleton. Once Fleda's aunt Mrs. Rossiter looses all her money, they return to America where Fleda learns to farm and cook to support her family. Mr. Carleton is always around to help out but never utters a word about love to Fleda.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Carleton was an unbeliever no more from that time.

Chapter XII

He borrowed a box of the ear of the Englishman, and swore he would pay him again when he was able.—Merchant of Venice.

One other incident alone in the course of the voyage deserves to be mentioned; both because it served to bring out the characters of several people, and because it was not,—what is?—without its lingering consequences.

Thorn and Rossitur had kept up indefatigably the game of teasing Fleda about her "English admirer," as they sometimes styled him. Poor Fleda grew more and more sore on the subject. She thought it was very strange that two grown men could not find enough to do to amuse themselves without making sport of the comfort of a little child. She wondered they could take pleasure in what gave her so much pain; but so it was; and they had it up so often that at last others caught it from them; and th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fleda Ringan is an 11 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather in Queechy, Vermont. After a tragic incident, Fleda has to live with her aunt, Mrs. Rossiter, in Paris. She travels to Paris under the care of young Mr. Carleton and his mother, a rich Englishwoman. Every young man who meets Fle...more

I've never reviewed this one, though I read it first about ten years ago and have reread it periodically ever since. This is on my short list of save-in-case-of-fire books! Very strong Christian message and a delightful setting.

I read Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World and then delved into this one. As I read the first few chapters I found that the storyline was much the same in the two novels. Little girl, nice guy, tragic circumstances change her life, then the adventure begins. But the adventure was noticeably diffe...more

Wonderful

This book would've rated five stars except it was somewhat difficult to follow at times. Delightful story. It made me cry.

Difficult one to rate. The passages set in Queechy, where the heroine has to turn farmer to save her family, are very readable, but otherwise the plot is uneven, the rich English hero absolutely unbelievable, and the heroine cries too much. There's lots of overt Christian piety, which I rather li...more

This is one of my all time favorites!! What a good read!