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Daddy-Long-Legs

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Daddy-Long-Legs
Jean Webster
Puffin Classics









     Written by Jean Webster, a niece of Mark Twain, Daddy-Long-Legs opens in the early 1900s. 17-year-old Jerusha (Judy) Abbot has lived in an orphanage her entire life. And then comes the day prim Mrs. Lippett calls Jerusha into the office with astounding news: her writing skills have attracted the attention of one of the orphanage's trustees. Sensing potential in the young girl, he decides to pay for her college education, under one condition- she must write him a letter every month, addressed to the care of "John Smith". His true identity will remain anonymous, and if he ever wishes to send her any type of message he will do so through his secretary. Judy accepts the generous, if eccentric, offer. Her letters to her benefactor, whom she affectionately calls "Daddy-Long-Legs", are funny and heartwarming.
     I adored certain aspects of this book. First, I loved the whole plot. And some of the things Judy wrote we…

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A Sound Among the Trees

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A Sound Among the Trees
Susan Meissner
Waterbrook







      Rumored to be a Union spy during the Civil War, Susannah Page of Holly Oak plantation has left a legacy of secrets and loss. Her great-granddaughter, Adelaide, has had her own troubles and believes the house of Holly Oak is "stuck", bearing a grudge against its past.
     Marielle Bishop doesn't know what to think. After marrying Carson Bishop, whose first wife was Adelaide's granddaughter, the newlyweds agree to live at Holly Oak for the sake of Carson's children, and to keep an eye on elderly Adelaide. But it isn't long before Marielle hears rumors of Susannah's ghost, which is said to haunt the old plantation house. Is it just silly superstition- or something else?

     I've read other books by Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy and Lady in Waiting), both of which have a similar plot setup of a modern and past woman's intertwined stories. A Sound Among the Trees was different from the othe…