Mildred’s Boys and Girls
The Original Mildred Classics, Book Six
The Landreths harbor a family of fugitive slaves, and Mildred and her husband are living in fear of the oncoming civil war and the possibility of sending fathers and sons, brothers and cousins off to fight. Rupert, Cyril, and Donald Keith, Wall and Stuart Ormsby, and young Percy Landreth are eager to defend the Union they revere and love, but they are also anxious to return to family and friends at home.
With clouds of the Civil War gathering, the Landreths are prevented from doing much good that they would wish to do, and see some slaves forcibly returned to their owner. With the fall of Fort Sumter, patriotic fervor sweeps Pleasant Plains, and the Keiths, Landreths, and Ormsbys all rush to do their part.
As the conflict progresses, Don and Rupert are captured, but by the grace of God they survive in prison camps. After years of worry and concern for friends and loved ones, the family is overjoyed when the war ends, but are saddened by the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Percy and Stewart leave home to attend college and the family begins to settle back into the life it had long known in Pleasant Plains.
Martha Finley’s Mildred Keith Series includes these volumes:
1: Mildred Keith
2: Mildred at Roselands
3: Mildred and Elsie
4: Mildred’s Married Life
5: Mildred at Home
6: Mildred’s Boys and Girls
7: Mildred’s New Daughter
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.