Read by Daryl Wor

(4.6 stars; 35 reviews)

Published in 1886, this novel encompasses a small community wherein Veronica, having lost her own mother, is “adopted” by a neighbour, Gertrude, who has a son of her own. The son, Dietrich, is learning how to become a saddler as his father before him. Their life is filled with hard work, but also some contentment. From the mother they now share, and two other matronly neighbours, Dietrich and Veronica learn valuable lessons about life. As the years pass, Dietrich and Veronica encounter trouble due to the mischief of two peers, and Dietrich more so as he is often tempted to frequent, along with others, the new tavern nearby. (Summary by Daryl Wor) (2 hr 52 min)


Chapter 1: A Visit To The Doctor 14:45 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 2: With Fresh Courage 8:57 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 3: Nine Years Later 9:05 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 4: All At Home 14:00 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 5: Upon Unsafe Paths 19:32 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 6: Lame Sabina Gives Good Advice 14:22 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 7: A Thunder Clap 12:55 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 8: Each One According To His Kind 22:09 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 9: Mother Gertrude Gives Good Advice 14:00 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 10: Man Proposes, But God Disposes 20:29 Read by Daryl Wor
Chapter 11: The Motto Proves True 22:07 Read by Daryl Wor


Sweet Story

(5 stars)

This is a sweet story by the author of Heidi. A good story to learn some of life’s lessons about choosing the right friends in life. Some sad times, but the story ends on a very sweet note. The reader is excellent!

wonderful reader, sweet story

(5 stars)

A good listen . Familiar plot done well by reader. Thank you.

A wonderful story

(5 stars)

A gripping story of how, with God's help, good overcomes evil.

Johanna Spryri is such a talented writer and this book is touching and inspirin…

(5 stars)


(5 stars)

A nice wholesome love story with a moral lesson complete with sorrow.

(3.5 stars)

Very well read. But the story is too sad.


(4 stars)

Very sweet, with lots of morals interwoven