Elsie's Girlhood

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(4.1 stars; 88 reviews)

In the third book of Martha Finley's much-loved Elsie Dinsmore series, Elsie's life is traced from the tender age of 12 or 13 to the mature age of 21. Her life is not all sunshine and roses, but she is secure in the love of the Lord and her family. (Summary by GabrielleC) (9 hr 0 min)


00 - Preface 1:21 Read by GabrielleC
01 - Chapter 1 25:52 Read by Tiffany J. Kim
02 - Chapter 2 18:09 Read by J L Raimundo
03 - Chapter 3 17:44 Read by J L Raimundo
04 - Chapter 4 8:13 Read by J L Raimundo
05 - Chapter 5 17:00 Read by Bridget Gaige
06 - Chapter 6 22:49 Read by Bridget Gaige
07 - Chapter 7 18:15 Read by Bridget Gaige
08 - Chapter 8 25:11 Read by Cheri Gardner
09 - Chapter 9 24:22 Read by J L Raimundo
10 - Chapter 10 23:16 Read by J L Raimundo
11 - Chapter 11 24:49 Read by J L Raimundo
12 - Chapter 12 26:24 Read by J L Raimundo
13 - Chapter 13 22:14 Read by J L Raimundo
14 - Chapter 14 27:08 Read by J L Raimundo
15 - Chapter 15 14:35 Read by J L Raimundo
16 - Chapter 16 21:05 Read by J L Raimundo
17 - Chapter 17 30:32 Read by J L Raimundo
18 - Chapter 18 26:13 Read by Leda
19 - Chapter 19 25:08 Read by Leda
20 - Chapter 20 26:19 Read by Leda
21 - Chapter 21 43:29 Read by Leda
22 - Chapter 22 15:27 Read by GabrielleC
23 - Chapter 23 35:20 Read by GabrielleC


Still good

(4.5 stars)

The story is very good but on one chapter a little hard to understand.

(1 stars)

Spoiler Alert Okay. This book was more interesting than the others, and not quite as stuffy. I still grew very weary and disgusted with Pappa's caresses and kisses. Was this the way things were back then? The way he handled the villain who tried to marry Elsie for her money was decent, except when he decided she was in need of severe punishment for not resisting him more than she did in his efforts to kidnap her. The way he handled Herbert, the kind crippled boy, was heartless and cruel. And it is portrayed as just and kind, even after he dies of a broken heart. By far the most disturbing thing about this book is Mr. Trevilla. At the end of the book he admits to what we've been hoping was not the case all a long, that he has been HOPELESSLY in LOVE with Elsie ALL ALONG. Since she was 8 years old, and he was... 23? Absolutely disgusting. And it's portrayed as good. We wonder why the father who had so much protective anger against others who tried to win Elsie never noticed his friend kissing his daughter.

Sweet & Charming

(5 stars)

A quaint continuation of the story of tender Elsie growing up in continued obedience.


(4.5 stars)

Excellent, Amazing, Incredible and extremely heartwarming.

(4.5 stars)

They are all pretty good readers

(5 stars)

It is a great book.Gabrielle C is a good reader but with those braces she is very hard to understand.

(5 stars)

It’s much better than the books before. I love these books!

(3 stars)

I really enjoyed this novel. The last reader was a little hard to understand. Thank you contributors.