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Elsie's Vacation and After Events   By: (1828-1909)

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Elsie's Vacation and After Events by Martha Finley is a heartwarming continuation of the beloved Elsie Dinsmore series. Set in the late 19th century, this installment takes readers on a delightful journey filled with family, love, and personal growth.

The story follows Elsie Dinsmore, a strong and virtuous young woman, on her much-anticipated vacation. As she embarks on a trip with her father and their extended family, Elsie cherishes the time spent reconnecting with loved ones and exploring the beauty of nature. Martha Finley's vivid descriptions allow readers to join Elsie in her adventures, whether it be exploring serene landscapes or partaking in thrilling outdoor activities.

While the vacation brings moments of joy, the narrative also explores deeper emotions and personal growth. Elsie, always guided by her strong moral compass, faces challenges that test her faith and resilience. The author adeptly presents Elsie's internal struggles, allowing readers to empathize with her as she grapples with difficult decisions and navigates complex relationships.

One aspect that truly stands out in Finley's writing is her ability to portray the tender yet complex dynamics within the Dinsmore family. Elsie's love for her family shines through in every interaction, showcasing the importance of familial bonds and the unconditional support they provide. With each page, readers witness Elsie's evolving relationships with her father, stepmother, and step-siblings, offering a heartfelt exploration of blended families and the power of forgiveness.

Throughout the book, Finley weaves important themes such as faith, integrity, and the importance of character into the narrative. Elsie's strong religious beliefs serve as a guiding force, and readers are invited to reflect on their own values and beliefs while empathizing with the challenges and triumphs Elsie faces.

Elsie's Vacation and After Events is a beautiful addition to Martha Finley's much-loved series. With its engaging storyline, delightful descriptions, and timeless themes, this book captivates readers of all ages. It's a heartwarming tale that leaves readers feeling uplifted, inspired, and eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Elsie's remarkable journey.

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Author of "Elsie Dinsmore," "Elsie at Home," etc.

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M. A. Donohue & Co. Chicago New York Copyright, 1891. By Dodd, Mead & Company. Made in U.S.A.



Captain Raymond went back to the hotel feeling somewhat lonely and heartsore over the parting from his eldest hope, but as he entered the private parlor where his young wife and most of the party were, his look and manner had all their accustomed cheeriness.

He made a pleasant remark to Violet, fondled the little ones, and talked for a few minutes in his usual agreeable way with Mr. and Mrs. Dinsmore and the others; then glancing about the room, as if in search of someone or something, asked, "Where are Lulu and Gracie?"

"Why, I thought they were here," Violet answered in some surprise, following the direction of his glance. "They seem to have slipped out of the room very quietly."

"I must hunt them up, poor dears! for it is about time we were starting for the Dolphin ," he said, hastily leaving the room. A low sobbing sound struck upon his ear as he softly opened the door of the room where his little girls had slept the previous night, and there they were down on the carpet near a window, Gracie's head in her sister's lap, Lulu softly stroking the golden curls and saying in tender tones, "Don't, Gracie dear; oh, don't! It can't be helped, you know; and we have our dear papa and Mamma Vi, and the little ones left... Continue reading book >>

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