Enter the character-building Christ-centered world of Elsie Dinsmore. These 19th-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the post-Civil War South have captivated generations of 10- to 14-year-old readers eager to follow Elsie's life from childhood to motherhood and beyond. The story of the next generation of the Travilla family is continued in Hendrickson Publisher's exclusive reprints of original editions. Each book features a new custom cover illustration.
The Dinsmores, Travillas, and Raymonds decide to spend the summer in cottages by the sea on Nantucket Island. They journey there aboard a yacht with Captain Raymond at the helm.
On the island they enjoy the village of 'Sconset and explore several points of local interest. The children learn to swim, and the families enjoy relaxing beach walks, carriage drives, and boat rides, even a New England clam bake on the beach.
There are, however, a few crisis moments, as when a violent storm catches Lulu walking on the beach far from the cottage. And one night Zoe learns about faith and trust in God to keep her husband safe.
Martha Finley (1828-1909), the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, was a school teacher and author of numerous articles, essays, and books, the most well-known being the 28 volumes of her "Elsie Dinsmore" series. Turning to writing stories for young people as a means of supporting herself after a serious injury, Finley sold more books than any other children's author of her day, with the exception of Louisa May Alcott.