Book Review- Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter

Leah Courtney
The second book I chose to read for the Books of the Century Challenge was Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter.  This is another one of those books that I can't believe I have missed.  After reading the bio of Gene Stratton Porter, I found that she was also the author of The Girl of the Limberlost, a book I've at least heard of, if not read. I will be looking for more books by Porter.

 Laddie is narrated by Little Sister, the youngest of twelve siblings.  Little Sister tells the story of their daily lives on the farm- especially the story of her favorite brother, Laddie.  Little Sister's life is filled with the love of her family and the beauty of nature around her.  This all provides a backdrop to the good times and hard times the family goes through.

This was a beautiful book.  I can't think of any other way to describe it.  Gene Stratton Porter has a beautiful way with words.  Her love of all things outdoors is reflected in Little Sister's love of the outdoors and nature.  The love Little Sister has for her family and the family has for each other shines through their lives.  The family's faith in God is reflected through all.  "So I wondered when you longed for anything so hard you really felt it was worth bothering God about, whether the quickest way to get it was to ask Him for it, or to try to put a lot of love into the heart of some person who could do what you wanted.  I decided it all went back to God though, for most of the time probably we wouldn't know who the right one was to try to awaken love in."  And that is the theme of this book- love- love of nature, love of family, love of God, love of all things beautiful.

I believe this truly was a "living book,"  one I learned much from reading and one I will be glad to share with my children!

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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