The Elsie Stories, Book 1
Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie–an extraordinary little girl whose quest for love from her earthly father leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven.
This, the first book in a series, will both challenge and inspire young readers.
Join Elsie as she suffers through the endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please. Elsie endures all this with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God’s child.
About the Author
Martha Finley (1828-1909), American teacher and author, wrote the Elsie Dinsmore series. Her Presbyterian upbringing was the source of inspiration for her life’s work, piety, filial love and obedience. These were her main themes, especially in the Elsie books. Finley was a simple yet elegant woman who lived a quiet life. But we know few details. She never married though she knew great love through her family and beloved readers, especially children, whom she often addresses at the beginning of her novels. At one time she had over 25 million readers combined in North America and England. She went on from the Elsie Dinsmore series to write the Mildred Keith series as a follow-up.