The Elsie Dinsmore Series – A Book Review!!

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Hello everyone!  This is my first blog post and I hope you enjoy it!

Have you every heard of the Elsie Dinsmore series?  I had not until the end of last year, when my sister Sarah collected the whole series for a good price.  The books were good quality and she wanted to put them away and keep them for the future.

Right about that time I started really wanting to read more and more, but I could not find something that I really liked to read.  I enjoyed the Rod and Staff books, which are really good, but I went through them so fast!!  Then Sarah said I could read her Elsie books, so I took her up on it!!  I often read the books just before bed … maybe you’re wondering why I’m wearing gloves in the picture above?  I often have lotion on my hands so I wear gloves but I cut the fingertips off so that I can turn the pages easily 🙂

I am going to review the books in several blog posts – there are 28 books so I will share about 4 books in each post.  The first few books were sad and hard to read sometimes but how it ended up was so beautiful!!  These books are fun, exiting and conscience-building.

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The first book is called Elise Dinsmore and it is amazing; Elise’s mother died when Elise was a baby and her father was not a believer.  She endured her mean teacher and so much teasing of her cousins, and through it all she draws closer and closer to her Almighty God.

The second book is called Elsie’s Holidays At Roseland and it was sometimes hard to read.  With her father not being a believer, he wanted her to do things that she did not think were right to do and it was hard to choose between her father on earth and her Heavenly Father but it ended up so wonderful!!

The third book is called Elsie’s Girlhood and it was very funny but sad too.  In this book, her father got married to a young lady who was very kind to Elsie and then Elsie had a brother and sister born. This book also talked about when she was staying with an aunt and a bad man came and wanted to marry her and acted like a good man.  She believed in what he said but one of her father’s friends (Mr. Travilla) found out who he was and told her father.  And her father came and took her away back home.  I enjoyed the third book a lot.

The fourth book is Elsie’s Womanhood.  In this book she gets married to Mr. Travilla and her honeymoon is spent at her home in Louisiana where she lived as a little girl.  In this book she also has four children: Elsie, Edward, Violet and Harold.  The civil war is just beginning in this book and it talks about that some too.

I hope to write some more about these books again soon.  If you are like me and want to read a book every chance you get, read these fun, character-building, exciting and realistic books!!

Please leave a comment if you have read Elsie books and tell what you thought about them.  Thanks!

I hope you have a blessed day, and try and read the books!!

23 thoughts on “The Elsie Dinsmore Series – A Book Review!!

    1. Hello Miss Ellen,
      Thank you for your comment! These books have a lot to do with girls and ladies but they have so many more subjects. They are not “girly” in the sense of being “prissy” or fashionable, but they teach about what girls and ladies should be like. They also have a lot to do with the Bible, which is really nice. Thanks so much!

    2. Madam,

      It may interest you to know that several of these Dinsmore books are perched right alongside the works of R. M. Ballantyne and G. A. Henty on the shelves of my library, and I am not the only young man with whom it is so.


      1. Mr. Johan,
        I am glad and interested that you have these wonderful books! Also for any other man that thinks the books are just about girls, that’s not correct … of course they have stuff about women but they also have a lot to do with men too! I like G.A. Henty too! May I be so curious as to ask if your name is pronounced Yohan or Johan? I have friends that are named Yohan, Yohanes and Yona. May you have a blessed day!

  1. Great review, Lydia! I enjoyed your review very much & look forward to getting these books so my sister (and I) can read them!

    1. Dear Rosi
      I am glad to hear that you plan to get them, I’m sure you will like them! I just thought how funny it is that your name is Rosi because one of the characters in the books is named Rosie! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Good review. I got some of these books a while back, but they are sitting on the shelf waiting till the heat of the summer, so I can read them at the hot time of day.
    Good idea on the gloves. I have had skin problems on my hands since I was about 11. I have a hard time keeping lotion/ ointment on my hands, and don’t like getting it on my bedding. Some gloves like that would work great.

    1. Hello Miss Kimberly,
      That is a good idea to wait till the hot part of the day when it’s too hot to do other things. I like to read in the evening outside when everything is cool! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing the Elsie Dinsmore books ,Lydia.
    I read the first three books and my sister read the first two. We LOVE them! They are educational without being preachy, captivating, and will make you weep.
    My sister and I think every girl should read them.
    God Bless

    1. Hello there Elizabeth, thanks so much for what you thought about the Elsie Dinsmore books. I wholeheartedly agree with you – they are educational, captivating and will make you weep! When I started reading them in November 2014 I could hardly put them down – you can ask my siblings! Be blessed 🙂

  4. This was a very nice review, Lydia. I’m so glad that you’ve found some good stories to read. Those can be so hard to come by sometimes (I know, because I love books too!). I look forward to your other reviews. 🙂

    1. Dear Joy
      It is nice to hear you love reading too! It will not be long till I do another review. Hope to see you soon!

  5. Wonderful review! I really love that series and I even have ‘Elsie’s Motherhood’ on audio! They are quite character building and genuinely fun to read. 🙂

    1. Hello Emma
      I think it would be nice to have them on audio, that way you could listen to them while you are doing chores! Many Blessings

  6. Hello Lydia! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely review with Roses of Inspiration. When I was a young girl I read these sweet books and 18 years later I still have them sitting on my shelf 🙂 Happy reading, my dear!

    1. Hello Miss Stephanie
      It is so nice to hear what other people think about these lovely books! I’m sure when I am older I’ll want to get a whole set of my own! Thanks for commenting. Have a blessed evening!

  7. I read this series to my children on a moving/road trip to Alaska in 2010 and what tears we shed, laughter we shared, and good discussions it invoked. These are some of our favorite books. Great Review!

    1. Hello Miss Jeannie
      Wow, that must have been so much fun reading them with other people! A few of my sisters started reading them but they aren’t really able to put as much time into reading them as I can! I’m in book 19 right now, Do you remember most of the books? Have a blessed day!

  8. My oldest read the whole series and really enjoyed them. But there are some “controversial” reviews out there about the books that made me wonder if they were “great”. So many love them. Glad you did too!
    Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. Come back again next week!

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