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Penned in the mid-19th century, the chronicles of Elsie Dinsmore follow the life of a young heiress in the pre-Civil War South. This series, based on and adapted from the original novels written by Martha Finley uses modern-language and will charm a whole new generation of readers. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

Elsie DinsmoreElsie Dinsmore
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie Dinsmore, Book 1: Living at her uncle's plantation, our heroine is criticized harshly by her teacher and teased relentlessly by her cousins. Will believing she's a child of God make life bearable?
     


 
Elsie Dinsmore Collection, Volumes 1-6Elsie Dinsmore Collection, Volumes 1-6
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When they were published in the 1800s, Finley's stories rivaled Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Now a new generation will experience delight as they follow Elsie from girlhood through womanhood. Softcovers.
     

 
Elsie and the RaymondsElsie and the Raymonds
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Still the image of maternal beauty and grace, Elsie celebrates her fiftieth birthday as family and friends from far and near gather to express their love. Max and Lulu accompany Captain Raymond on a business trip to the West, where they commerorate the Fourth of July with a grand party. Their business accomplished, the Raymonds travel by train to join the rest of the family at the summer cottages by the shore.
     

 
Elsie Yachting with the RaymondsElsie Yachting with the Raymonds
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On their way to join the rest of the family on the coast of Rhode Island, Max, Lulu, and Captain Raymond tour West Point, Saratoga, and other points of interest. As their summer stay at the beach concludes, the captain invests a yacht for the family to enjoy. The Dolphin carries the Dinsmores, Travillas, Lelands, and Raymonds up and down the East Coast as they witness naval exercises and explore Boston, Bunker Hill, and other Revolutionary War sites. The final stop on their sojourn by water brings them to Annapolis, Maryland, where Max, like his father before him, enrolls at the Naval Academy.
     

 
Elsie's VacationElsie's Vacation
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While Max adjusts to life at the Naval Academy, his family continues their journey in The Dolphin. They explore Philadelphia and other historical sires, but when they arrive home, they learn that Grandma Elsie is ill and must have surgery. To aid in her recover, Elsie chooses to recuperate at Viamede, her family's Louisianna home. The Dinsmores, Travillas, and Raymonds join her, and everyone enjoys an enchanting season in the South.
     

 
Grandmother ElsieGrandmother Elsie
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When Elsie's daughter, young Elsie, hears that her beloved Lester has contracted typhoid fever overseas, she and her brother Edward embark for Italy to nurse him back to health. As Lester slowly recovers, the two are married with only Edward and a few friends in attendance.

On the return trip to America, Edward is reacquainted with the Loves, a father and daughter who had been vacationing in Italy. Edward and Zoe, the daughter, fall in love and marry.

Meanwhile, at home, Captain Raymond, a widower, courts and wins the love of Elsie's daughter Violet. Elsie, her children, and their families spend a happy summer at the shore. When the time comes for the captain to return to sea, Violet and his children are left in the care of "Grandma" Elsie and her father.
     


 
Christmas with Grandma ElsieChristmas with Grandma Elsie
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It's Grandma Elsie's turn to host the family's holiday festivities at Ion, and soon sleigh rides, ice skating, and snowball fights abound at the home place. During this time, the importance of missionary work is impressed deeply upon the minds of young and old. As a result, Harold and Herbert Travilla heed calls to full-time Christian ministry. The new year, however, brings unwelcome visitors to Woodburn. When Lulu is awakened by strange noises, she creeps downstairs, spies two burglars, and locks them inside the strong room, where they were attempting to break into the family safe. Max and Lulu both learn important lessons about courage, humility, and honesty.
     

 
Elsie's Friends at WoodburnElsie's Friends at Woodburn
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Elsie's extended family enjoys a round of holiday calls that ends in an enchanting party for all at Woodburn, the Raymond family's new home. In the summer that follows, Lulu and Grace become the proud owners of new ponies, and Elsie and Violet welcome new editions to their budding families, born just one day apart. Captain Raymond, however, reinjures his ankle during a terrible spill from a horse. In the most panic-filled moment of the season, a rattlesnake brings an abrupt end to the fun at Lulu's surprise birthday party, but her quick thinking and bravery avert disaster.
     

 
Elsie's New RelationsElsie's New Relations
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As another summer season at the shore draws to a close, the Raymonds again face a long-dreaded separation. It is time for the captain to take his ship to sea once more.

Elsie grows accustomed to her new-found role as "Grandma" to Max, Lulu, and Gracie. Soon Elsie's daughter, Elsie, and Lester Leland's new baby, Edward, is born. In the fall and winter months that follow, Max, Lulu, and Gracie each learn valuable lessons about good character and obedience.

Soon spring arrives. Violet gives birth to a daughter, another Elsie, and Captain Raymond returns home safely to be with his burgeoning family once again.
     


 
Elsie's Widowhood, #7Elsie's Widowhood, #7
Martha Finley
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God has added two children - Rosie and Walter - and will take a father. Despite troubles and adversity, Elsie is thankful for her family and keeps looking to an eversustaining God for all her needs. She continues to mold the lives she touches for the Master whom she loves and serves. Original series. 331 pages, hardcover from The Vision Forum.
     

 
Elsie at NantucketElsie at Nantucket
Martha Finley
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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.
     

 
Elsie's WidowhoodElsie's Widowhood
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Edward and Elsie's daughter, young Elsie, is saddened by a separation from her beloved Lester, who is studying art in Italy. Shortly after Lester leaves for Europe, the family is devastated by Edward's sudden death. Elsie finds solace in the comfort of her father, Horace Dinsmore, and, more important, in the everlasting arms of her heavenly Father. The knowledge that Edward is in heaven with loved ones who have gone before is a great consolation to the Travilla family, but they struggle nonetheless to deal with the loss of husband and father.
     

 
Elsie's Kith and KinElsie's Kith and Kin
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While the rest of the family winters at Viamede, Edward and Zoe tend to affairs at Ion and endure an unwelcome guest. Later, while on a business trip, Edward is injured in a train wreck, and the rest of the family returns from Viamede to be with him.

At sea, Captain Raymond receives news of a financial windfall and resigns from the Navy to be at home with Violet and his children. He arrives in time to learn that Lulu has accidentally injured her baby sister, Elsie, during a fit of anger.

The baby recovers, and Lulu learns how much trouble an uncontrolled temper can be. The captain and Violet purchase Woodburn as their new home, and the family settles down to enjoy its first Christmas there.
     


 
Elsie at ViamedeElsie at Viamede
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As the Dinsmores, Travillas, and Raymonds continue their stay at Viamede and Grandma Elsie regains her health, the entire family enjoys the outdoor pleasures of winter in the South. The family enjoys a festive gathering at cousin Betty Johnson's wedding in the North. As the Raymonds return to Woodburn, they stop to visit Max at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
     

 
Elsie at Nantucket #10Elsie at Nantucket #10
Martha Finley
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Originally published in 1868 and a bestseller for over 30 years, these republished editions have all the charm of the originals for a new generation. Elsie and the rest of her family travel to Nantucket, wherethey encounter fun, adventure and lessons along the coast. 334 pages, hardcover.
     

 
The Two ElsiesThe Two Elsies
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While the Dinsmores, Travillas, and Raymonds spend the summer in Nantucket, Lester and Elsie Leland are called to the bedside of Lester's dying brother. His only child, Evelyn, is left in their care. Upon the Lelands' return to Ion from Nantucket, Elsie's dear old mammy, Aunt Chloe, passes away.

Lulu and Evelyn become close friends, and the four families decide to spend the Christmas holidays and winter at Viamede. All the children are enrolled in Oakdale Academy as day students. Lulu, however, gets into trouble when she strikes her teacher with a book, and her stubborn refusal to submit to Mr. Dinsmore's authority is eclipsed only by the news that her father is lost at sea.
     


 
The Two Elsies, #11The Two Elsies, #11
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Originally published in 1868 and a bestseller for over 30 years, these republished editions have all the charm of the originals for a new generation. Follow the Dismore saga as Evelyn goes to live with her relations after the death of her father, and how eventually little Elsie joins Grandmother Elsie in a fitting circle. 302 pages, hardcover.
     

 
Elsie's GirlhoodElsie's Girlhood
Martha Finley
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie's Girlhood, Book 3: Elsie's father remarries, giving her a mother she adores-and a brother and sister. But not everybody has the young woman's best interests in mind!
     


 
Elsie's MotherhoodElsie's Motherhood
Martha Finley
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie's Motherhood, Book 5: Happily married to Edward, Elsie takes great delight in her family. What will happen when they are confronted by a powerful adversary?
     


 
Elsie's ChildrenElsie's Children
Martha Finley
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie's Children, Book 6: Pleasant times and new babies are mixed with dark secrets and deep sorrow. Will Elsie be strong in the Lord?
     


 
Elsie's WomanhoodElsie's Womanhood
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie's Womanhood, Book 4: A grown-up Elsie meets her wealthy Aunt Stanhope-and another relative with more diabolical plans. Can faith find the truth before dreams are shattered?
     


 
Elsie's Holiday at RoselandsElsie's Holiday at Roselands
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Enter the world of Elsie Dinsmore! These nineteenth-century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the 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. Covers feature custom illustrations.

Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, Book 2: Christmas is disrupted when Elsie must disobey her father in a matter of faith and conscience. Will her life-threatening illness change his heart?
     

 

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