Full of familial ups and downs! Elsie's New Relations finds a houseful at Ion. Rosie, Lester and Elsie Leland, Edward and Zoe Travilla, and Violet Raymond with her husband's three children - Max, Lulu, and Gracie - are living under one roof with Grandma Elsie and Grandpa Dinsmore. Edward and Zoe undergo their share of trials in their young marriage. The beautiful Miss Deanne causes trouble for Zoe and ensuing struggles with jealousy. Life is full for the Raymond children; lessons and plenty of outdoor exercise make each day busy. But not quite busy enough...for each struggles to live up to the expectations for their obedience. Max is unduly influenced by his older cousin Ralph, who introduces him to gambling and smoking. Lulu and Gracie have their own trials as well. But through these difficulties all the characters draw closer to one another and to their Savior. And the ending adds a new relation to the clan!
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Hibbard Publications is dedicated to bringing Martha Finley's 28 books in Dodd Mead's originally published series of The Elsie Books to a new generation of young readers! Here they are, complete and unabridged. They will speak to the hearts of girls and young women as much today as they did when first published in the late 1800's. With no updating for today's reader, these classic originals give an honest view of the writing style and subjects of the nineteenth century American mind.
Martha Finley penned the adventures of Elsie Dinsmore, over more than 38 years, often using members of her own family for characterization. Truth, faith, religion, morality, and humanity are the underlying virtues woven throughout the storytelling of this extraordinary series of fiction for children.
As Miss Finley's stories evolve, Elsie Dinsmore is faced with a myriad of trials and tribulations. Elsie's devout faith and clear knowledge of Scipture enable her to persevere through each troublesome circumstance. As Elsie matures into a godly woman, so her unique family grows, adding to the lovable - and sometimes not so likeable - cast of Miss Finley's interesting characters.
In 1868, the New York firm of Dodd Mead released the first "Elsie" book, Elsie Dinsmore, becoming an instant bestseller. The successful series, The Elsie Books, was launched, making Finley one of the most renowned children's writers of her time, with book sales second only to Louisa May Alcott. By 1945, 5 million copies of volumes 1-12, alone, had been sold.
Hibbard Publications is honored to bring back this series of timeless classics, full of the family values and personal faith that are jeopardized in today's society. We hope The Elsie Books will inspire today's reader, as they have for generations, to find richer relationships with the members of their family and with the Lord.About the Author:
Miss Martha Finley was born on April 26, 1828 in Chillicothe, Ohio to an affluent and patriotic family. Her first decade was spent living in different towns of Ohio and Indiana with her parents, Dr. James Brown Finley and Maria Theresa Brown, while educated at home and in private schools in varying cities.
In 1853, after the death of her parents, Miss Finley moved to New York, and later to Philadelphia. She became a private educator and taught students in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, and until 1874, she lived between both New York and Philadelphia. When her school was destroyed during the war, she moved to Bedford, Pennsylvania, living with an aunt and sister. While in Philadelphia in 1876, at the Centennial Exposition, she visited relatives in Elkton, Maryland. With the onset of poor health and the advice of her physician residing there, she decided to make Elkton her home.
Miss Finley, at age 26, began her literary career writing a newspaper article and Sunday School Stories for a Presbyterian publication. After becoming dependant upon others because of poor health, she prayed for a means to support herself. After three years of writing, her first book, Elsie Dinsmore, was published. Young readers demanded more, causing Miss Finley to comply, until there were 28 books in the series.
An invalid for many years, Miss Finley wrote many of her books while prostrated with illness. A simple, pleasant woman with delicate features, never married and childless, Miss Finley was one of the most beloved authors, by children, of all time, with over 25 million readers in both America and England. She lived and wrote quietly until her death in Elkton, Maryland in 1909.
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Book Description Hibbard Pubns Inc, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1931343004