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The feisty little Lulu learns some hard lessons about life, and Evelyn, fatherless niece of the younger Elsie, captures the hearts of all.


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The feisty little Lulu learns some hard lessons about life, and Evelyn, fatherless niece of the younger Elsie, captures the hearts of all.

30 review for The Two Elsies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. HORACE DINSMORE IS AT IT AGAINNNN. No but really. He was really nice in book 10 and I thought he'd taken a back seat. And now he's back to the forefront again! I really enjoyed the first part of this book. Elsie & Lester are really an amazing couple. I liked Eric, and Laura has potential as an interesting addition to the plot. Eva is a darling and I absolutely love her! I enjoyed seeing all the other characters too, as well. However, Lulu & Dinsmore's battle annoyed me. Dins 4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. HORACE DINSMORE IS AT IT AGAINNNN. No but really. He was really nice in book 10 and I thought he'd taken a back seat. And now he's back to the forefront again! I really enjoyed the first part of this book. Elsie & Lester are really an amazing couple. I liked Eric, and Laura has potential as an interesting addition to the plot. Eva is a darling and I absolutely love her! I enjoyed seeing all the other characters too, as well. However, Lulu & Dinsmore's battle annoyed me. Dinsmore was completely in the wrong, and Violet should have stood up to him. Even Elsie should have. He carried matters with far too high a hand and besides that what he was (trying to) force Lulu to do was just plain stupid and wrong--a child should never have to be with an adult (in authority) who is abusive. And his interference to make sure she didn't have a nice room or nice circumstances is just plain inappropriate. I'm glad that his family disapproved, but why on earth didn't any of them stand up to him? It was unjust and wrong. I was totally on Lulu's side and for the most part I applauded her. She behaved far better than he did, for all that he's an old man and many years a Christian while she's a passionate child and unsaved. The fact is Dinsmore dislikes Lulu because she is the only one who does not fear him and let her boss him and he took his revenge here, even if he didn't admit it to himself. After all that spiel--it ended okay, and as I said Dinsmore's action was not exactly condoned by his family. And the rest of the storyline/plot was good. Overall, I enjoyed it, because the right pretty much ended up winning. And as usual, the messages and theme were amazing. Also, I loved seeing Mammy again! What a wonderful old lady she was! And I couldn't help crying at the death scene--it was so good and lovely! A Favourite Quote: "You will surely get well; for I will pray day and night to God to cure you; and have you not taught me that He is the hearer and answerer of prayer, that He loves us, and that He is able to do everything?" "Yes, dear daughter; and it is all true, but His thoughts are not as our thoughts; He may see best to take me now to the heavenly home toward which you too, I hope, are traveling; best for you as well as for me." "O papa, how can it be best for me, when you are such a help to me in going that road; the only help I have?" "He is able to raise up other and better helpers for you, dearest, and He Himself will be the best of all. Perhaps it is to draw you nearer to Himself that He is taking away the earthly father upon whom you have been accustomed to lean." A Favourite Humorous Quote: "Molly certainly thinks there was never another baby quite equal to hers in any respect." "Which is very natural," said Mrs. Dinsmore. "I remember having some such idea about my own first baby."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shari Klase

    Good series I really enjoy reading this series. It follows the family as they grow up. My only criticism of this one is that it leaves the story unfinished but I suppose it will be satisfied in the next book. These are worth reading if you like a good, wholesome series in which everything turns out right in the end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Faith Burnside

    That title pretty much sums it up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    THE TWO ELSIES is #11 in the Elsie Dinsmore series and one of my personal favorites. Elsie and her family spend the winter at Viamede, the beautiful Louisiana plantation inherited from Elsie's late mother. While there, all of the children attend a nearby school. Hot-tempered Lulu Raymond dislikes her music teacher and during a heated argument they come to blows. After he strikes her with a pointer, she smacks him across the face with her book and gives him a black eye! This is perhaps the funnie THE TWO ELSIES is #11 in the Elsie Dinsmore series and one of my personal favorites. Elsie and her family spend the winter at Viamede, the beautiful Louisiana plantation inherited from Elsie's late mother. While there, all of the children attend a nearby school. Hot-tempered Lulu Raymond dislikes her music teacher and during a heated argument they come to blows. After he strikes her with a pointer, she smacks him across the face with her book and gives him a black eye! This is perhaps the funniest scene in the entire 28-book series, which doesn't normally deliver much humor. But young readers will likely applaud Lulu's reaction. Signor Foresti is surely a bully who deserves what's coming to him. He's an Italian too, hence Roman Catholic...and we already know, from previous Elsie books, what author Martha Finley thinks of "popery"! Lulu then falls a-foul of Horace Dinsmore, who insists that she return to her music lessons with the bully. Lulu refuses. A long conflict begins, with Lulu in disgrace until she will submit. The suspense lies in wondering how this contest will end. In many ways it mirrors the struggle between Elsie and her papa so many years ago, in ELSIE'S HOLIDAYS, but Lulu isn't the meek little saint that Elsie was back then...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meadow Frisbie

    Lulu gets in trouble when she strikes her teacher with a book, then regused to submit, The Leelands vist a dying relative and are left his daughter, and Elsie enjoys the endless pleasures of being a grandmother.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn Davis

    So far, this book is good. I'm not very far into it, but I like all of the Elsie Dinsmore books so I think this will be good too. So far, this book is good. I'm not very far into it, but I like all of the Elsie Dinsmore books so I think this will be good too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Another good Elsie book! A very enjoyable read.

  8. 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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole G.

    I know, first book of the New Year, and I pick ... this? *sigh*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erika Mathews

  12. 5 out of 5

    James F Weems

  13. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimber

  15. 4 out of 5

    Madison Iszler

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Cefola

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cori

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

  22. 4 out of 5

    India

  23. 4 out of 5

    Faith

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  25. 4 out of 5

    misty taylor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trina Baker

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Petra W

  30. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Guilford

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