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Marm Lisa   By: (1856-1923)

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Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin is a heartwarming and enchanting tale that will resonate with readers of all ages. Set in a small, idyllic town in New England, this delightful story follows the life of the charming and charismatic Marm Lisa, a poor but contented old lady.

Wiggin's impeccable storytelling skills transport readers to a bygone era, where simplicity and community are cherished values. Through her vivid descriptions and authentic portrayal of the characters, she effortlessly immerses the audience into the protagonist's world, capturing their hearts with her endearing personality.

Marm Lisa is an extraordinary woman who possesses an extraordinary talent for gardening. Her green thumb and deep love for nature are evident in her beautiful garden, which becomes a symbol for hope and rejuvenation throughout the story. Despite facing various challenges and losses, she maintains an unwavering spirit, teaching readers the value of resilience and finding joy in life's simple pleasures.

The author masterfully weaves together a series of anecdotes, creating a charming and cohesive narrative that is impossible not to fall in love with. Each chapter offers a glimpse into the lives of the townspeople, highlighting the interconnectedness of their stories and the impact Marm Lisa has on their lives.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Marm Lisa is the way Wiggin evokes a sense of community and togetherness. The townspeople's unwavering support and love for the protagonist make the reader yearn for such a close-knit and compassionate community. The author subtly reminds us of the importance of lending a helping hand and cherishing the relationships we build.

Furthermore, Wiggin's exquisite prose captures the essence of New England, painting a picturesque backdrop against which the story unfolds. The vivid imagery and rich detail enable readers to smell the wildflowers, feel the crisp autumn breeze, and taste the homemade apple pie. It is as if the readers are living and breathing in this enchanting world.

Overall, Marm Lisa is an absolute gem that will warm the hearts and reignite the imagination of readers of all ages. Wiggin's masterful storytelling, memorable characters, and heartfelt messages make this a truly special book. It reminds us of the power of kindness, the importance of community, and the beauty of finding joy in the simplest of things. It's a book that will stay with you long after you turn the final page, leaving you longing for more stories from the enchanting world created by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin.

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This etext was produced from the 1905 Gay and Bird edition by David Price, email

Marm Lisa

by Kate Douglas Wiggin


Eden Place was a short street running at right angles with Eden Square, a most unattractive and infertile triangle of ground in a most unattractive but respectable quarter of a large city. It was called a square, not so much, probably, because it was triangular in shape, as because it was hardly large enough to be designated as a park. As to its being called 'Eden,' the origin of that qualifying word is enveloped in mystery; but it is likely that the enthusiastic persons who projected it saw visions and dreamed dreams of green benches under umbrageous trees, of a green wire fence, ever green, and of plots of blossoming flowers filling the grateful air with unaccustomed fragrance.

As a matter of fact, the trees had always been stunted and stubby, the plants had never been tended, and all the paint had been worn off the benches by successive groups of working men out of work. As for the wire fence, it had been much used as a means of ingress and egress by the children of the neighbourhood, who preferred it to any of the gateways, which they considered hopelessly unimaginative and commonplace, offering no resistance to the budding man of valour or woman of ambition... Continue reading book >>

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