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In this second volume in The Original Elsie Dinsmore Series, Elsie is forced into an awful choice between loyalty to her savior and her father's affection. The turmoil of this conflict contributes to a life-threatening illness for Elsie.


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In this second volume in The Original Elsie Dinsmore Series, Elsie is forced into an awful choice between loyalty to her savior and her father's affection. The turmoil of this conflict contributes to a life-threatening illness for Elsie.

30 review for Elsie's Holidays at Roselands

  1. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    I don't think it's a good sign that I started hoping desperately for Elsie's death...but at least then she could go to heaven, I would feel satisfied, and this series could end at 2 books, instead of 2,000!!! Seriously...there's almost no point to this whole series...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle S

    The only thing I liked about this book was the melodramatic part where Elsie almost dies and how that takes up a good chunk of the middle of the book. What I did not like about the book - it is racist. Calling the slaves servants doesn't make it better. This is the pre-Civil War South. We all know they weren't servants. Infantilizing Chloe and referring to her as a creature is not okay. - the foreshadowing of the relationship between Elsie and her father's best friend. So creepy. Elsie is all of li The only thing I liked about this book was the melodramatic part where Elsie almost dies and how that takes up a good chunk of the middle of the book. What I did not like about the book - it is racist. Calling the slaves servants doesn't make it better. This is the pre-Civil War South. We all know they weren't servants. Infantilizing Chloe and referring to her as a creature is not okay. - the foreshadowing of the relationship between Elsie and her father's best friend. So creepy. Elsie is all of like ten in this book. Implying you are going to marry your best friend's daughter is disturbing especially when she hasn't hit puberty yet. Finally the most disturbing thing of all: the relationship between Elsie and her father. Her father requires not only instant and total obedience but it just be cheerful. I read the first book years ago and considered Elsie Dinsmore a twit but in this one I see her as an abused child. The poor little girl lives in total dread and fear of upsetting her father. She anxiously watches him to make sure he isn't going to be upset by something she does. At one point early in the book he locks her in a closet and forgets about her for several hours. Elsie almost frets herself to death because her father gets angry at her for disobeying him and listening to Jesus. He wants her to read something not suitable for Sunday on a Sunday and she says no because she loves Jesus more than she loves her father. I don't blame her. Jesus is a better person than her jerk father.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mecque

    Being a Catholic myself, the climax of this book made me laugh hysterically. Amusingly melodramatic, and a good set up for the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Good read except for the strong antiCatholicism.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS AT ROSELANDS is the sequel to ELSIE DINSMORE. It brings our heroine, sugar-sweet Elsie, into direct conflict with her godless, domineering Papa. Elsie, as introduced in the first volume, is picture-perfect, a little Southern belle living in Virginia in the 1840's. Elsie seems the ideal Christian child...except for her owning slaves, who are referred to throughout the book as inferior beings. (Even Aunt Chloe, Elsie's beloved mammy, is called a "creature.") Elsie doesn't object t ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS AT ROSELANDS is the sequel to ELSIE DINSMORE. It brings our heroine, sugar-sweet Elsie, into direct conflict with her godless, domineering Papa. Elsie, as introduced in the first volume, is picture-perfect, a little Southern belle living in Virginia in the 1840's. Elsie seems the ideal Christian child...except for her owning slaves, who are referred to throughout the book as inferior beings. (Even Aunt Chloe, Elsie's beloved mammy, is called a "creature.") Elsie doesn't object to slavery but she DOES balk at reading a secular book on the Sabbath, which Papa orders her to do. As a good Calvinist, of course she must refuse. Papa huffs and puffs but can't make Elsie "disobey God." Papa becomes so displeased with her that he finally leaves home for an indefinite period. In his absence the little martyr sinks into deep depression, has the Victorian "vapours," and nearly dies! Pure melodrama. Young readers of the nineteenth century probably liked the Elsie books for being the nearest thing to a soap opera they could find. Author Martha Finley seems to have poured out her own sexual frustrations into writing, hence the semi-incestuous love affair between "good" Elsie and "bad" Papa. When Elsie and her father are finally reconciled, the scene is described in passionate, even lurid terms. Many kisses, fondlings and "pettings" will ensue. Not much hope left for Mr. Travilla, grown-up family friend who's besotted with Elsie himself. But then, Travilla is waiting for Elsie to grow up because---as he puts it---"I have learned that ladies, both little and large, very often change their minds, so I shall still live in hope!" A fascinating read. ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS is social Americana---one little girl in the story actually gets smelling salts as a Christmas present!---and Finley's purple prose can be laugh-out-loud funny. I wouldn't give this book to any child under thirteen though. Today's kids are sophisticated and too much aware of Freudian overtones. Reading Elsie books might have a very dangerous effect!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Britt-goodie of newsieness

    I've read as much of this as I'm going to. I never want to read this again. It was awful. And boring. And horrible. And no food either.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole G.

    Still more didacticism. And some anti-Catholicism, too! Her dad is still a crazy person. However, I have to finish this series now, to see how much more wacky it gets . . .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I enjoyed this book so much more than book one. I really enjoyed the plot (all that drama XD). And the message of the book was SO good. Horace is such a nice guy once he’s saved—I went from disliking him to totally loving him. Elsie is even more human/natural in this book, too. And I love Adelaide and the Allisons! And finally, I love how clean these books are. No content whatsoever.  A Favourite Quote: “‘I don't know, darling; I cannot tell that; but one thing we do know, 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I enjoyed this book so much more than book one. I really enjoyed the plot (all that drama XD). And the message of the book was SO good. Horace is such a nice guy once he’s saved—I went from disliking him to totally loving him. Elsie is even more human/natural in this book, too. And I love Adelaide and the Allisons! And finally, I love how clean these books are. No content whatsoever.  A Favourite Quote: “‘I don't know, darling; I cannot tell that; but one thing we do know, that it is all in God's hands, and he will do just what is best both for you and your father. [R]emember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'Your Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.' He will not send you any unnecessary trial, nor allow you to suffer one pang that you do not need.’” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “‘I see it will never do for me to try to quote Scripture to you,’ he remarked, looking rather discomfited; ‘for you know a great deal more about it than I do.’”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Can't believe I wasted any amount of time reading this book. The daughter and father relationship seemed incestuous and he was controlling in ridiculous child abuse seeming ways.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Faith Burnside

    All. The. Abuse. So much grooming. Dear lord.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Bell

    As a child, I read this book and wept with sorrow when Elsie was heartbroken. I was captivated by Elsie and her steadfast faith, as well as the strained--and then beyond perfect--relationship that she has with her father. There are some huge issues in these books I can see now that I didn't before. Racism is strong, as this book was published in the 1800s. Elsie's family owns many slaves. These slaves are, of course, perfectly happy in their subservience and are given the characterization of you As a child, I read this book and wept with sorrow when Elsie was heartbroken. I was captivated by Elsie and her steadfast faith, as well as the strained--and then beyond perfect--relationship that she has with her father. There are some huge issues in these books I can see now that I didn't before. Racism is strong, as this book was published in the 1800s. Elsie's family owns many slaves. These slaves are, of course, perfectly happy in their subservience and are given the characterization of young, silly children. The moral Christian lessons are strong, meant to be reinforced onto young readers. Elsie is ever-perfect and patient. Despite their problematic content in places, these stories will always hold a nostalgic place in my heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Fantastic, classic writing, however I feel that the storyline was drawn out a bit too much perhaps. Martha Finley repeatedly used a few situations, and tho it fit her character, I feel that Elsie's crying and dramatic anguish was worked too much. It seemed as though she was always in a turmoil, and while she was, and she was young, I tired of hearing the same thing happening over and over. But that wasn't a big deal, and I really did like the book a lot. If you ever get sick of modern writing, t Fantastic, classic writing, however I feel that the storyline was drawn out a bit too much perhaps. Martha Finley repeatedly used a few situations, and tho it fit her character, I feel that Elsie's crying and dramatic anguish was worked too much. It seemed as though she was always in a turmoil, and while she was, and she was young, I tired of hearing the same thing happening over and over. But that wasn't a big deal, and I really did like the book a lot. If you ever get sick of modern writing, take a look at this book, it has the old-style classical style of writing which you never see anymore.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    My 2 daughters have loved all of the Elsie books that they have read. The 17 yo says it's the saddest of the books, but she still couldn't put it down. She has learned a lot from Elsie's attitude and wants to have a stronger Christian testimony as a result. I'm very glad we own all of these books. I read somewhere that Martha Finley was a contemporary of Louise May Alcott, and sold nearly twice as many books as Alcott, but the strong Christian influence of these books allowed them to become lost My 2 daughters have loved all of the Elsie books that they have read. The 17 yo says it's the saddest of the books, but she still couldn't put it down. She has learned a lot from Elsie's attitude and wants to have a stronger Christian testimony as a result. I'm very glad we own all of these books. I read somewhere that Martha Finley was a contemporary of Louise May Alcott, and sold nearly twice as many books as Alcott, but the strong Christian influence of these books allowed them to become lost over time - so glad that my girls have had a chance to read them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shoshana

    Same old Elsie, same old dad. This picks up exactly where Book 1 left off (apparently they were originally published together), and the differences are small. My fervor against the books remains intact, as does my fervor against Elsie's father. Elsie, though? Now that I've had over a year to get used to her existence (and continued publication and popularity, which is what's always worried me more), I mostly just feel sorry for her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    The second book of the Elsie series was another great success! it especially touched my emotions much more deeply then the first. So much so that I found myself for the first time ever, while reading a book, on the verge of tears. It was a wonderful read and I'm very excited for the next one: Elsie's Girlhood.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Partridge Public

    Finley, Martha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meadow Frisbie

    When Elsie's love for God causes conflict between her and her father. She will have to choose between her beloved earthy father or her heavenly father.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Diaz

    It has been years since I read these books, but I will say that they are wonderful stories. The outlook on life that Elsie keeps dispite her circumstances can be a great lesson for any age.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MaryRachel

    This was a great book It was sad though :( But if you liked Elsie Dinsmore, you'll like Elsie's Holiday.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Made me cry a WHOLE lot more than any other book I've read. Except maybe the first one. That's only a maybe though...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This series is a bit Calvinistic in its theology, and it's also a bit uber-Christian; i.e., the Christians are really, really good and the non-Christians are really, really bad.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    It's been a really long time since I read this book, but as girl I really liked my Elsie Dinsmore books. Great classic books for girls.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    read to my children while home schooling

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It was great. i can't remember much but I liked it very much.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Esther Filbrun

    This is my most favorite book out of all the Elsie stories. Highly recommended. (Full review coming soon.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I loved this series when I was younger. I own almost all of the Elsie Dinsmore books and treasure them even to this day.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leash

    This was definitely the best out of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Didn't finish listening to the book. Too much to dislike- abusive father, weak, wanting to please "heroine" and various other silly characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    aMandalin

    Teaches patience and obedience to Christ and parents. Good book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    I learned to obey God's Word even in difficult circumstances.

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