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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most impor This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

30 review for Elsie's New Relations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bkwyrm

    The story has shifted from Elsie (and her everlasting beauty and purity and weirdly incestuous relationship with her Daddy) to Violet, Elsie's daughter. Violet has married a guy in the Navy who already has three kids, and the three kids (Lulu, Max, and poor sick Grace) come to live with Violet and her mother and siblings. The new kids have to learn how to be submissive to Big Daddy Dinsmore, Ever-Young-And-Beautiful Grandma Elsie, and Beautiful Patient Violet. They also have to learn how to love The story has shifted from Elsie (and her everlasting beauty and purity and weirdly incestuous relationship with her Daddy) to Violet, Elsie's daughter. Violet has married a guy in the Navy who already has three kids, and the three kids (Lulu, Max, and poor sick Grace) come to live with Violet and her mother and siblings. The new kids have to learn how to be submissive to Big Daddy Dinsmore, Ever-Young-And-Beautiful Grandma Elsie, and Beautiful Patient Violet. They also have to learn how to love Jesus. This has taken most of the book, so far. Also, sibling Edward is now married to Zoe, who is treated by everyone (including her husband) as a selfish idiot because she wasn't raised by in an authoritarian patriocentric household. She's FIFTEEN and married Edward because her dying father begged Edward to marry her so she wouldn't be destitute and wind up in the streets. Zoe is so selfish and self-centered that she wants her husband to pay attention to her and not fixate on his Mommy. Oh, that silly Zoe. (Edit: The bits about Zoe and Edward's marriage are even harder for me to stomach than the bits about Elsie and her Daddy. Finley has a real fetish for youth - she keeps harping on Zoe's appearance and demeanor and the fact that she's YOUNG. Also, Elsie? Looks YOUNG. And Violet? YOUNG. Anyway, Zoe is impulsive and affectionate and acts in a way that's totally appropriate for someone who's 15 or 16. Edward, whose age is unclear, believes completely that his child-bride needs him to "teach" her everything. Spoiler: Zoe has to accept Edwards authority, of course, because he is older and wiser and also male. Mostly because he's male.) This is book #9 out of #27. I think I might need an intervention, because I keep putting it down in disgust and then picking it right back up again. It's like watching a car crash. I can't wait to see what horrible, racist, sexist, Christianist nonsense Finley will come up with next. I think the bit about "Papists" a book or two back will be hard to beat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    Typical Elsie book, focusing on the romance between Violet and her special someone, and Edward and his special someone. Nice job highlighting the different personalities, struggles, and relationships, while still staying quintessentially Elsie Dinsmore.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tabby

    I love the Elsie series, and look forward to the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    ELSIE'S NEW RELATIONS is a direct sequel to GRANDMOTHER ELSIE. It deals with storylines begun in the previous book, and we see Elsie presiding over her family as the beautiful, picture-perfect Mrs. Travilla. I especially like the scene on Christmas night, when she opens her jewelry box and weeps over costly gems given her in the past by her dear, departed husband. But predictably, Papa arrives to wipe away Elsie's tears---doesn't he always?---and sad memories are eclipsed by semi-incestuous love ELSIE'S NEW RELATIONS is a direct sequel to GRANDMOTHER ELSIE. It deals with storylines begun in the previous book, and we see Elsie presiding over her family as the beautiful, picture-perfect Mrs. Travilla. I especially like the scene on Christmas night, when she opens her jewelry box and weeps over costly gems given her in the past by her dear, departed husband. But predictably, Papa arrives to wipe away Elsie's tears---doesn't he always?---and sad memories are eclipsed by semi-incestuous love... Much of the action revolves around Violet and her three stepchildren. Max takes to gambling and---gasp!---swearing. Little invalid Gracie tells a white lie and then cries herself sick with remorse. Lulu, the rebel----my own personal favorite---sasses Elsie's Papa and defies his authority. Violet must deal with all this misbehavior, for Captain Raymond is away at sea. Can she adapt to her new role as stepmom? Another storyline deals with the marriage of Edward and Zoe. Zoe is just a child-bride, very immature in many ways, and yet devotedly in love with her husband. They have some marital problems at first. The Edward-Zoe sequences are well-written and believable. Elsie, of course, advises her new daughter-in-law to be docile and obedient, but Zoe has a different temperament than Elsie's and doesn't submit easily to being a doormat. Modern-day readers will feel sorry for Zoe, who is all too conscious of her orphaned and dependent status. This book offers an interesting look at Victorian family life and of the roles traditionally assigned to nineteenth-century women.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    I love Edwards wife Zoe. She is only 15 and does not know how to be a wife. I love the advice her mother-in-law gives her. That you must bear and forbear. Zoe loves her husband, but doesn't like the obedience that comes with marriage. In the end she finally gives up her disobedience to her husband and cannot wait to obey him. This story really changes from Elsie to her children. I really like Violet because you never see her getting angry or frustrated with her family or friends. Her attitude i I love Edwards wife Zoe. She is only 15 and does not know how to be a wife. I love the advice her mother-in-law gives her. That you must bear and forbear. Zoe loves her husband, but doesn't like the obedience that comes with marriage. In the end she finally gives up her disobedience to her husband and cannot wait to obey him. This story really changes from Elsie to her children. I really like Violet because you never see her getting angry or frustrated with her family or friends. Her attitude is exactly like the attitude I should have.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellyn Davis

    So far, this book is wonderful. I loved the part about Zoe (Elsie's brother, Edward's, wife) and how she was jealous and selfish. She was jealous of Edward because he didn't always give her all his attention, but Zoe had to learn that she can't ALWAYS have ALL the attention. This really made me think how I need to change and not be so selfish or jealous. This is an example of how I act; an example of how I shouldn't act. I should act how Zoe did in the end...not so selfish.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne M. Wittman

    Okay The characters could have been interesting...but weren't. The plot could have been exciting...but wasn't. It was a story about as worth my time as eating pablum! The upside: no sex scenes to skip or cuss words to ignore. A book for a young reader maybe.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meadow Frisbie

    The family vacation at the beach is coming to an end. and Captain Raymond must be shipped off at once. So begins the long summer of raising Viloets adoptive children, Loving Max, Rebelious Lulu, and Fragile Gracie.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Up till five they were good. Six is farely good and after that I read ieght and nine and got part way through ten and couldn't take it any more. Ten was terrible.

  10. 5 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole G.

    These get even worse as time goes on. More incestuous than the last, and everyone is SO GOOD. Meh. I can't stop reading the damned things, though!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lina

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charity Cox

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gracie Mae

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shea Courtney

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaline

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melody Ashby Horvath

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ava Fletcher

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trudi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Weatherford

  28. 4 out of 5

    Belle Taylor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky Marie

  30. 5 out of 5

    ClaraBelle

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