If you are looking for a couple of books that have been read again and again, you are in the right place. Today’s listings for the letter E in our Blogging Through The Alphabet series brings two such books to be highlighted. These are both selections from Miss E and have been on her radar for a while, being read more than a few times.
Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
The fairy Lucinda gives gifts, mostly to newborn babies. When Ella of Frell is born, Lucinda gives her a gift – the gift (or curse) of obedience. She must do anything that anyone tells her to do. When her mother dies, her father remarries a woman who has two daughters of her own. Ella’s father sends her and her step-sisters, Hattie and Olive, to finishing school. Unfortunately, Hattie has started to figure out that Ella has to obey every order she is given. Ella leaves finishing school to search for Lucinda in the hope that Lucinda will break the curse.
E – I think that this was one of the few times where I watched the movie before I read the book. I love the movie; it was really well made and true to the book. One of the things that I really like about this book was how much attention to detail it had. There were multiple languages that were described and explained, as well as just the general descriptions of everything. I also liked how I could relate to the way that Ella was so often conflicted with herself.
Elsie’s Endless Wait – based on the classic by Martha Finley
This is the first of eight books in the Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore series that was written by Martha Finley in 1868. They were adapted and republished by Mission City Press in 1999. Eight-year-old Elsie Dinsmore’s mother died in childbirth and she has never known her father, who has been away traveling since before she was born. Elsie lives with her grandfather, his wife, and six aunts and uncles, two of whom are younger than her. Her friend, Miss Rose, and her old housekeeper, Mrs. Murray, have taught her her Christian faith. And that deep faith is often Elsie’s only source of comfort when she is her Uncle Arthur’s object of torment. But when her father finally returns , will he accept her.
E – These books appealed to me because Elsie’s faith in God was so strong. I could connect with Elsie, maybe not as much in the first few books, but definitely later on. There were two things that I did not like in these books. One was that Elsie’s father didn’t take care of Elsie very well in the first book. The other thing is that throughout this series, and the other Life of Faith series, they do not believe in baptism. But despite that, I think that these books brought me closer to God.
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