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Her Father's Daughter

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  567 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
1921. Stratton-Porter was an American feminist, environmentalist, photographer and one of Indiana's most famous female authors. Many of her writings were moralistic and romantic novels. The popular author seems to have gone awry with this particular novel, which tells the story of two orphaned sisters (who it later turns out are not really sisters). The introductory ...more
Published December 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1921)
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Aug 28, 2008 Margali rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
As someone who loves, loves, loves A Girl of the Limberlost, it hurt me to read this racist piece of trash from the same author.
Jun 14, 2009 carrie added it
Russell and I were watching a thing on National Geographic about white supremacists, and it reminded me of this book. I absolutely loved Girl of the Limberlost and Laddie, so I looked for other stuff by this author. It was mostly the same stuff: nice girl, lots of plants, but there was this sub plot about how we have to keep the white race above all the others. I was horrified, but I couldn't stop reading. What an eye opener to the the thoughts of that time period. I also read a short story by ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Ruth added it
How can I rate this? As a kid I read it over and over. Read again 40 years later I realized how racist it was. Horrors!
Anna Fricke
Dec 06, 2010 Anna Fricke rated it did not like it
A person has to know about the hysteria during WWII to understand the prejudice in this book.
Jun 20, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Could be summed up, almost, by a line from The Scarlet Pimpernell--"Look how they buzz round her, like bees to honey".

The world of Lilac Valley revolves, entirely on its axis, around the heroine, who is a socially conscious, top scholar, a published author/illustrator, a locally renowned chef, a sports car enthusiast, a nature expert, --oh, and a junior in high school! Of course she is wholly unspoiled by the world and completely undiscovered by it until one day a boy happens to notice her prac
Rachel Crooks
Dec 26, 2011 Rachel Crooks rated it did not like it
Girl of the Limberlost was one of my favorite childhood books, but this one just finally drove me nuts. The author seemed too fond of Linda, and way too eager to show her off. Linda apparently gets the shorter end of the stick - she and her sister Eileen are orphaned four years before the plot, and because Eileen is older, she assumes the majority of their income as her own and leaves Linda in rags. It is easy to feel angry at this injustice, and proud of Linda for stepping up and asking for ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Caroline rated it did not like it
Set in the bucolic rurality of Los Angeles County, circa 1920, Her Father’s Daughter is the tale of Linda Strong, a high school junior who struggles to get from under the thumb of her scheming, shallow sister Eileen. The author uses the conflict as a frame from which to wax poetic on the wonder of California nature, joy of automobiles and locally-grown foods, silliness of fashionable society… and – most unfortunately – the superiority of white people.

I could have brushed aside the lecturing on n
Carrie Robinson
Jul 15, 2014 Carrie Robinson rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
If only Gene Stratton-Porter could have developed this story properly, without using it as a vehicle for racist ideas. I understand that WWI was devastating and the time after the war was shaky and uncertain--a whole way of life was gone--and if she had only expressed her fear of being taken over by another country, we maybe could cut her some slack. She does express fear that verges on hysteria. But she goes much further and states that all 'colored' people are inferior to the white races who ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I'm between a 3 and a 4 on this one ... I really enjoyed Linda as a smart accomplished tomboy character who is polar opposites with her sister. The story has a fairy-tale quality to it; Linda is the put-upon, neglected orphan. Her fashionable older sister hoards all the money for her own use and is a real two-faced conniver when it comes to men and friendships. It was super entertaining and I really enjoyed that and how Linda is an accomplished naturalist. It's not realistic--the characters are ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Danielle rated it did not like it
When you read early 20th century fiction you have to be prepared for some level of racism. Most of the time it's limited to stereotypical portrayals of minor characters or the occasional "N" word - things that are easily ignored and don't affect your overall enjoyment of the story. "Her Father's Daughter," however, belongs in an entirely different category. From the first pages to the climax the racist themes are preached by the 17 year old heroine. There's nothing subtle about it - pages and ...more
Jul 24, 2010 JoyfulK rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that makes me sad. Gene Stratton Porter was an excellent writer and naturalist. I enjoy most of her work. This book, though, reflects some of the worst prejudices of her time in its anti-Asian bias. I didn't enjoy reading it, but I don't want to forget about it either. It's important to remember that these attitudes existed. The prejudice demonstrated in this book, which was published in the early 1900s, foreshadows the attitudes that led to the internment of the ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Cathy rated it did not like it
Times were indeed different back in the days of Gene Stratton-Porter but this book was far too racist and bigoted for me to be happy with. The book is one long lecture on how white people are superior than any other race, and not only that but other races are low and debased. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Too bad that I tarnished the happy memory of some of the better titles by the same author.
Nov 30, 2016 Jodi rated it did not like it
So so awful. The creepy older man lusting after 17 year old girl, the killing that was brushed under the rug, the super bratty and controlling heroine, and worst of all the incredibly hateful racism. Steer clear!!!
Apr 09, 2016 Rachel added it
Shelves: 2016
This is a difficult book to rate, so I've chosen not to. It certainly is a product of its time, written and published shortly after WWI. This was a story read by my grandmother and mother, filled with contradictions. On one hand, women are strong and independent, working successfully in careers during a time when this wasn't the norm; the protagonist's last name is even Strong. It is also filled with long rants about the importance of white supremacy and dangers of growing Japanese influence in ...more
Paul Harsin
Mar 15, 2016 Paul Harsin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A joy to read.

This book was written at the end of WW I, when the country was recovering from a devastating chapter in its history. With this backdrop, Gene wrote material that would bring her income. She was one of the leading movie producers in Hollywood and this could have been the start of a romantic picture.

But not today. She uses stereotypes that Hollywood Political Correctness has banned out of existence. Names for races of people that narrow-minded censors would scream about until the aut
Aug 26, 2016 Rita rated it it was ok
The Wikipedia article on the author tells well the downside of this book, which reads like a book written by an author who is getting old and wanting to preach her ideas about what is wrong with people these days:

"One of Stratton-Porter's last novels, Her Father's Daughter (1921), is set outside Los Angeles. This novel presents a unique window into Stratton-Porter's feelings about World War I-era racism and nativism, especially relating to immigrants of Asian descent. The lead character, Linda S
Laura Franke
Jul 20, 2015 Laura Franke rated it it was ok
I've read most of GSP's books. It's a fun connection to my grandmother, knowing that she loved this author as a girl. The books set in California have been especially interesting to me from an historical perspective, having been born and raised there.
That said, when I first read this book, like most of today's readers, I was shocked and appalled by the anti-Japanese sentiments. This is a book aimed at teens and you can see how "the enemy amongst us" thinking led indirectly to the internment of J
Nicola O.
Aug 05, 2007 Nicola O. rated it it was ok
Shelves: youngadult
While GSP is one of my favorite young-adult authors, this one suffers from being a product of the times. Most of the book is a great coming-of-age story, Cinderella-ish. Two adult sisters are orphaned, dealing with the loss of their father. The older is a spoiled brat. Our Heroine, of course, is the opposite. The book is filled with wonderful descriptions of California's natural flora, even with recipes of a sort. But there is an entire subplot that is entirely racist, about the evil Yellow ...more
May 24, 2016 Ellen rated it it was ok
I bow to no one in my love of Gene Stratton Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost. It's one book I have read over and over and love dearly. However, Her Father's Daughter is cringe inducing.
I am not one to go looking for offence and I always take the time the book was written into account, but the anti-Japanese sentiments that Linda Strong (our heroine) espouses are quite eyebrow raising.
Linda is a flat out bigot and I don't say that lightly. Also, the book is terribly overwritten with flowery lang
Naomi Brignola-van calster
Aug 05, 2016 Naomi Brignola-van calster rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics
It would have been a wholesome, sweet story if it hadn't had all the racism and 'white supremacy' stuff in it. I had enjoyed some other books by the same author but this takes away a lot of my previous appetite for more of her books.

'The japs are only capable of imitation' 'we must work hard and be better or our white supremacy will disappear' are only a few of the very objectionable phrases.

Apart from that I love the wholesomeness of the main characters, the love and forgiveness and kindness
Linda I
Oct 08, 2012 Linda I rated it it was ok
Like most Stratton-Porter fans, I discovered her talent with "The Girl of the Limberlost". Which, of course, is a wonderful and beautiful work of fiction. This story, however, is not one of her best. True, the racist comments against citizens of Japanese origin are a testament of the time in which this story was written (circa 1920's), but still the overall story lacked...well...everything a good story should have. The female protagonist never really grows as a person because everything seems to ...more
Patty Marion
Jul 05, 2011 Patty Marion rated it it was ok
I love all of Gene Stratton-Porter's novels except this one. My mom, who read these novels as a young woman, got me started on them and I've enjoyed them thoroughly. However, I only gave this one two stars because of the blatant and widespread racism expressed by otherwise goodhearted characters of the book. Let me say also that the book was written after Pearl Harbor and I can certainly understand it was a common sentiment at the time, especially after the devasting loss of American lives. But ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Laurie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, nook
After helping her readers to fall in love with the woodlands of the Midwest, Porter set out to romance the deserts and canyons of southern California. This is a solid story with well- drawn characters, some mystery, and plenty of moral and ethical teaching, along with long naturalist passages--including recipes! All this is badly marred, however by the unfortunate (and common at the time) racism-- in this book directed against the Japanese. Porter's prose sings the glory of white supremacism in ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Mayde rated it it was ok
I have really loved all of Gene Stratton-Porter's other books that I have read, but this one really disturbed me. It is a sweet story of two orphaned sisters and their adventures. However, throughout the sweetness is interwoven a real plug for white-supremacy. I was SO disappointed, I don't know if these were common sentiments in the 1800's, but it seemed so out of character with the rest of her writings, I simply couldn't give it more than 2 stars.
Jul 01, 2009 Augl rated it did not like it

This book is an important book for my mother. She has wanted me to read it for over 30 years and for some reason, now, I'm not so interested in the book, as in interpreting her reaction to it. Just read chapter one, so will be able to say more later. that I've finished this book, I'm even more puzzled. I guess I'll have to just ask Mom what her interest in this book is.
Dec 18, 2008 Marge rated it liked it
This book was one of my mother in law's given to her in 1925. Finally got around to taking it off the shelf and reading it. When one considers when it was written, the incredibly racist comments can be tolerated. Other than that, it was enjoyable - about a "feminist" for her time coming of age and loving the outdoors, which I suppose women didn't do. Good description of plants in the wild, which was one of Gene Stratton-Porter's loves.
Mazzou B
Dec 24, 2014 Mazzou B rated it it was amazing
When I originally read this as a teen, I wrote that it was ''Enjoyable, interesting. Disappointing ending.''
I really enjoy this classic and have read it more than twice. It has excellent romance int and a wonderful real heroine. For younger readers, there are a couple bad words in it. (the regular ones)

As for the ''disappointing ending''...I think I was just disappointed that there wasn't a wedding to bring the book to a triumphant close. Read it and see for yourself!
Feb 01, 2013 Shauna rated it it was ok
If you want to read something by Gene Stratton Porter, read something else. The story is much like her others, but set in California instead of Indiana. There is a great deal of blatant racism, most against the Japanese, but also many references to the supremacy of the white race/blood. Even taking into account what the "normal view" might have been at this point in American history, it was over the top and made an otherwise good story unpleasant.
Jun 13, 2012 Kathleen rated it did not like it
I loved Girl of the Limberlost and was eager to read another book by Gene. However, after reading a third of the novel, I can't force myself to go any further as it force feeds the reader white supremacist views. I tried to skip over the racist diatribes of Linda, the main character, but found that there was not much left of the book.
Mar 24, 2011 Kjersti rated it liked it
I have previously read other books by Gene Stratton Porter and I've always been impressed by her good sense, her reverence for God and nature and her common-sense approach to life. This book is all that, but I was surprised by the extreme racism she showed. I would never have imagined such sentiments coming from her.
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She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some of the best selling novels and well-received columns in magazines of the day.

Born Geneva Grace Stratton in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Charles D. Porter in 1886, and they had one daughter, Jeannette.

She became a wildlife photogra
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