A Girl of the Limberlost Kindle Edition
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Life was hard in 1909. Money was tight. Even though Elnora's mother could sell some of the timber on the land (and be set for life) she refuses to do it. Again, it's that old nagging reminder of her husband and why they bought this place to build a life. It's a living memorial in her mind. She won't hand over a pittance to Elnora--not even for clothes to go to school.
The plucky teenager won't let that stop her. She wants ever so much to go to school. Her whole heart is wrapped up in that dream. The first day, her mother sends her off intentionally in clothes that look ridiculous on her. Of course, she is teased and ostracized from all the girls for looking silly in her old fashioned clothes and her clunky boots. Most girls would clam up and not go back to school. But, not Elnora! She is so determined to succeed. She is determined to find "some way" to make this work. And, that is when things begin to change in her family.
From the time she was quite young, Elnora had been collecting butterflies and moths from the forested swamps around her house. The Limberlost had been her playground and refuge; and, she cultivated a wonderful love of nature that was quite unusual for girls of that time period. With a deep passion and ingenuity, she comes up with a plan to not only get the money for school, new clothes, and books, but also to mend her mother's broken heart.
Why not follow Elnora to the Limberlost to find the healing magic of the woods and learn how one determined young girl lays the groundwork for her future and all those around her. If you love books like Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and Cheaper by the Dozen, you will certainly fall in love in the Limberlost.
The heroine, Elnora, is so sweet and good a person. Normally, I would find that somewhat boring, but the way she's written, it's not annoying but rather endearing. I found myself cheering each time she overcame an obstacle. While I loved her, the supporting cast are really the ones who steal the book for me. Elnora really doesn't have a character arc, but all the main supporting cast do and I love them for it.
The book reminds me a lot of Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery, but the quality of the characters, their development, and the writing sets it apart. The little commentaries Stratton-Porter makes about people and society are thrown out with casual ease, yet always hit me with their profundity. I ended up highlight huge chunks of my book, because I loved it so much.
Frankly, there is a lot to say about this story and the depth to which it could be analyzed, but on to of all that, it's a sweet story about a good person. It's one of my new favorite books!