Hello there everyone!
I am so excited to do yet another post about the Elsie series. Also it is a bit sad because we are reviewing the last books 🙁 Right now I have been reading through a popular old-timey series by G. A. Henty, but I love going back over and seeing the Elsie books. I hope I can read them again soon! Really … since there are 28 books, nothing gets old!! 🙂
Book 25 is called Elsie’s Relatives. Following the destruction of the Maine in Havana Harbor and of America’s declaration of war on Spain, Max sails on Commodore Dewey’s flagship, the Olympia, to meet the Spanish in the Philippines. Doctors Harold and Herbert Travilla volunteer as physicians to US troops supporting the Cubans in their fight for independence. Upon his return from Cuba, Harold confesses his love for Gracie Raymond. When Max returns from the Philippines, he marries Evelyn at Craig’s Cottage, her childhood home, in a double wedding ceremony with Chester and Lucilla.
Book 26 is called Elsie’s Winter Trip. Following the honeymoons, Lucilla and Evelyn set up housekeeping with their husbands Chester and Max in a new shared home, Sunnyside, that Captain Raymond built for them. The families enjoy a round of parties held in honor of the newlyweds. When Max returns to the Navy, the rest of the family travels during the cold months with Grandma Elsie on board the Dolphin to several Caribbean Islands and the shores of South America. Elsie and Ned get pet monkeys and Ned takes an unfortunate tumble overboard into the sea, but is saved by a quick thinking sailor.
Book 27 is called Elsie and Her Loved Ones. Following a winter stay at Viamede in Louisiana, Elsie and her family travel over the Rocky Mountains to California. There they visit sites of interest from San Francisco to San Diego. Returning to her childhood home (Craig’s Cottage on the Hudson River), Evelyn gives birth to a daughter and Grandma Elsie is now a Great-Grandma to little Elsie Raymond. Following a round of family gatherings held in honor of the new baby and her proud parents Max and Evelyn, Ned Raymond becomes very ill. Doctor Harold Travilla saves his life and Harold and Graice’s wedding date is finally set for New Years Day.
Book 28 is called Elsie and Her Namesakes. Harold Travilla marries Gracie Raymond on New Years Day and the happy couple honeymoons at Viamede (Grandma Elsie’s Louisiana plantation) and the rest of the family travels onboard the Dolphin to join them. Along the way Grandma Elsie and Captain Raymond tell the children tales of Southern history and Cousin Ronald entertains them with tales of his native Scotland. Lucilla and Chester welcome a healthy baby boy to their new family and the Dinsmores and Raymonds make plans to spend the summer at Craig’s Cottage – Evelyn’s beloved home.
This is all for now. I hope you have enjoyed these book reviews and I don’t plan to be gone for long!!! May YHWH bless y’all and remember, there are always good and interesting books out there … you just have to find them!! Many blessings and so long – for now!