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Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs #2)

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1915. Webster was a grandniece of Mark Twain. She was interested in social work, especially the fields of childcare and prison reform, but her main occupation was writing. She wrote a number of short stories and novels for younger readers including her most famous work, Daddy Long-Legs. In Dear Enemy, Sallie McBride, the dear friend of Judy Abbot (heroine of Daddy Long-Leg ...more
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Published May 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1912)
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Eugenics, oh dear, oh dear. This book has all sorts of dodgy stuff in that can be overlooked a bit - but not completely! - by always keeping the mantra, "This was written almost a hundred years ago," going in your head while you're reading. I would give it five stars - on the whole, I like this one more than Daddy-Long-Legs, which it comes after - but alas! It is really quite dodgy to a reader now.

But for everything else that is not dodgy, I only have massive amounts of love. As an epistolary no
I have great love for this novel. I read it first as a teenage girl and since then, I have read it many times and each time, I enjoy it immensely and close the book with a big smile on my face.

Dear Enemy is a sequel to the famous novel "Daddy Long Legs" and is told in a sequence of letters from Sallie to different people, mostly Judy. I have to say that I love this story more than the first novel.In my opinion, Dear Enemy is far more interesting, humorous, lively and romantic compared to the fir
Huge swathes of charming, with one egregious, icky icky caveat. I do love me a good epistolary novel, and this one is splendidly done, with a light touch on what the narrator says and what the author wants to happen. I find Sallie a slightly less dense narrator than Judy (heroine of the prequel Daddy Long Legs), whose greatest charm and irritation is her cheerful, persistent earnestness. Sallie is always a bit more self-aware, even when she's the silly socialite being badgered into working, and ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
First published in 1915, DEAR ENEMY is a sequel to Daddy Long Legs. Judy is now married and recruits her college friend Sallie to give up her happy-go-lucky life and run the John Grier Home, the orphanage that Judy was raised in. Sallie is getting bored waiting for her Congressman boyfriend to propose and agrees to take the job on a temporary basis. She turns up at the home with her kind heart, wicked sense of humour, her maid and her dog. She immediately falls foul of the home’s Scottish doctor ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is a sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs, a charming 1912 book. The main character from that book, Judy, convinces her college friend, Sallie McBride, to accept the job of running the orphanage where Judy grew up. Sallie swears it's only temporary, but life has a way of happening and children have a way of worming their way into your heart. This book is made up of Sallie's letters to several people, mostly Judy, Sallie's on-and-off boyfriend Gordon, and Dr. Robin MacRae, the local doctor who takes an ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: my grandmother
Shelves: fiction
When you read this book, FORGET ALL MENTION OF EUGENICS. It's terrible, but this is what you get for reading a book that's almost 100 years old. Not that that is any excuse, however.

Other than that glaring concern (plus the subtle--but thankfully rare--cases of racism) (I'm really not selling this book well, am I?), I love this book, even more than Daddy Long Legs. This is a wonderful journey of a woman learning to become more independent and self-assured, all while maintaining a sense of humor
Sara Kamjou
Feb 22, 2016 Sara Kamjou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
سالی مک براید دوست جودی ابوت در کتاب بابا لنگ دراز نقش اصلی این کتاب رو به عهده داره و نامهها از زبون اون هستن.
صد صفحه اول و صد صفحه آخر کتاب دشمن عزیز رو خیلی زیاد دوست داشتم. با غر زدنهای بامزه سالی به خنده میفتادم و کنارش شاهد رشد کردنش بودم! تو دغدغههای سالی خیلی وقتها خودم رو پیدا میکردم و این آینهای که مجسم میکرد برام خیلی لذتبخش بود.
کتابهایی مثل بابا لنگ دراز و دشمن عزیز که آدم رو به سمت ارتقا دادن خودش هدایت میکنه و ذرهبین چشمامون رو از مشکلات زندگی دور میکنه خیلی دلچسبن و بیشتر با سلیقه
Nov 30, 2013 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuation of Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. A typical 19th century narrative. This book starts a few years after Jerusha and Jervis are married. They want to remodel and improve the John Greer orphanage and find a suitable matron: none other than Sally McBride, Judy's dear school friend. Part Irish, part English, part Scotch, with a delightful mixture of representative qualities from all these races. She is initially reluctant, but later assumes full responsibility of the home and impro ...more
Re-read May 2016

Had to re-read this, too, of course!

Original Review

OH. I loved this.

I only found out recently that this book, a companion to Daddy Long Legs, existed at all, but, after reading Daddy Long Legs, I decided I better read it and I'm so glad I did. I think I'm glad, too, that I waited until now to read it. It's about Sallie, Judy's friend, taking over the running of Judy's old orphanage. And I think I appreciate it more than I would've had I read it when I first read Daddy Long Legs i
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read and loved Dadfy Long Legs

Dear Enemy, thank goodness it didn't turn out how I thought it would! If it had I may have tossed you across the room in a fit of pique. Sallie was a dear redhead! Her fiery temper had me chuckling several times. And the grumpy Dr. Robin 'Sandy' MacRae was painted in such an affectionate light! I'm sorry I never liked Gordon, he was a sniveling pest who thought he was God's gift to women. Didn't like him a bit! I do rather wish I could have had just the tinnest of glimpses at Judy&Javises re
Nov 29, 2014 Arila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Es una lectura dirigida a lectores más adultos que Papaíto Piernas Largas y me ha costado más cogerle el punto a Sally que a Judith, pero me ha acabado pareciendo una historia igual de tierna. Son interesantes las ideas que aparecen sobre la educación de los niños a principios de siglo.
Robina Fox
Apr 12, 2011 Robina Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel of letters from Sallie McBride, Judy's college friend from Daddy-Long-Legs, sometimes to the "enemy' of the title (a gruff Scottish doctor), sometimes to Judy or her husband, sometimes to Sallie's boyfriend Gordon, a rising politician. Sallie, despite her frivolous nature, is persuaded by Judy to take over the running of the grim orphan asylum where Judy herself was raised. At first she loathes it, but she comes to be deeply interested in the work of transforming the place and ve ...more
Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
"It's nice to look forward to, isn't it—a life of work and play and little daily adventures side by side with somebody you love? I'm not afraid of the future any more. I don't mind growing old with you, Sandy."

It is Sallie McBride's turn to tell her own story after they finished college. As Judy Abbott's best friend, Judy trusted her to become the superintendent of John Grier Home, as a replacement for Mrs. Lippet, after Judy bought it and married Jervis Pendleton. Sallie has the same humor as J
Mar 13, 2015 Susann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YES, I want to shake Webster for so many of her attitudes that she puts into Sallie.

But I also like Sallie an awful lot and I love watching the orphanage take shape.

Towards the end, when Sallie (view spoiler).

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Dear Enemy by Jean Webster is a companion novel to Daddy-Long-Legs. It is also in the epistolary style. It’s worth reading if you enjoyed the other novel, but Sallie McBride isn’t as charming as Judy Abbott.

This novel takes place in the early twentieth century, before WW2 and the Great Depression. Women do not have the vote and are still considered second class citizens. Early automobiles share the road with horse-drawn carriages and writing letters and sending telegrams is still the best form o
Jan 30, 2014 Emmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs (possibly can be read as a standalone, but I wouldn't recommend it), both published in the early 1910's. So it's not filled with sex and doesn't rely on sensationalism. It's just a well told story. And funny. The humor from the turn of last century might be a little more sophisticated, but it still resonates with a modern reader. As long as you like really dry humor. And can get past some political incorrectness. Not a lot, but as long as you keep in mi ...more
In this sequel to Daddy Long-Legs, Judy Abbott is happily married to Jervis Pendleton and following him wherever he goes on business. He has taken over as chief trustee of the John Grier Home and Judy wants her friend Sallie McBride to take over as superintendent. At first Sallie rejects the idea, being a frivolous socialite, but when her wealthy politician suitor laughs at the idea of Sallie taking care of 100 orphans, she decides to take on the challenge. She's appalled at the conditions in wh ...more
Natalie Tyler
Aug 16, 2012 Natalie Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Jean Webster (July 24, 1876 – June 11, 1916) wrote several books. I think her intended audience was young girls of perhaps 8-16. When I was 9 I read and reread "Dear Enemy" and "Daddy Long Legs" (which is better-known). Her style is sprightly and she writes very well. Her stories were about fairly independent young women who went to college and who worked--and also who ended up marrying. Her style is epistolary.

I recall "Dear Enemy" as one of those books that I enjoyed in part because the heroi
Feb 28, 2015 Hila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs, Sallie McBride, college friend of Jerusha (Judy) Abbot, has been requested to become the new superintendent of the John Grier House, the orphanage in which Judy was raised. Though Sallie initially balks at the idea, she eventually decides to try out the position when her beau laughingly tells her she couldn't handle the position. Sallie is nothing if not up to a challenge!

And so Sallie McBride finds herself the superintendent of the orphanage, with charge over
Jan 11, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really like Daddy Long Legs and had read so many reviews saying that this one was even better but I don't think it comes close to DLL. It was teetering on 2 stars for me, most of the way through, but thanks to a few lifts in the plot along the way, I liked it overall, but just liked. I do love her writing style, and her voice but in DLL I backed up to reread perfectly written lines several times and there were only a few lines in this one that had that same impact. Sallie was not very ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I'd seen several reviews that said this was even better than Daddy-Long-Legs, which I found a little hard to believe since I'd enjoyed that so much. But I think they were right! For one thing, it's longer. It has more of a plot. I think the characters are better drawn—or perhaps it's just that there's a larger variety of them. And there's more drama as well—balanced by loads of laugh-out-loud humor.

Yes, there are caveats—the only reason for the subtracted half-star—in some of its opin
Found this through Project Gutenberg - it's a mostly charming story, but very much a product of its time. One of the ways that the heroine displays her growing seriousness and suitability as director of an orphanage is by reading works on eugenics, with the Juke and Kallikak families specifically mentioned. There's also a lot of material here for anyone looking to apply Philip Deloria's work in Playing Indian to early twentieth-century literature, or for those interested in the ethnic stereotype ...more
Project Gutenberg strikes again. Once I had reread Daddy Long-Legs, I figured I might as well go back to find the sequel. Unfortunately, Dear Enemy did not stand up to time in the same way that Webster's earlier novel did.

The story was wonderful since it had a happy ending. By now, it should be obvious to everyone that I am a sucker for romance. Even though I knew everything would work out at the end, the journey was lots of fun.

The difficult part was that the attitude towards drinking and ment
Oct 20, 2009 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 in this classic series (Daddy Long Legs) described a feisty orphan's culture shock as she left the orphanage and attended college. Book 2 (Dear Enemy) depicts a wealthy and educated young woman, Sallie, coming to this same dreary orphanage as director and effecting a makeover. Reverse the culture shock situation! The same epistolary style is used, with Sallie writing about her trials to various friends (including her friend, the original orphan girl, now happily married). And again, a rom ...more
Maryam F
Jul 17, 2016 Maryam F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**واقعا که مسخره نیست که گاهی اوقات بهترین مردها بدترین زنها را انتخاب می کنند و بهترین زنان بدترین مردها را؟ فکر می کنم که خوبی خودشان چشمشان را کور می کند و بدگمانی را در وجودشان می کشد.
** بدترین چیز در مورد یک سفر تفریحی این است که از لحظه ای که شروع می شود، تو دلهره پایانش را داری.
** وقتی که دو نفر با هم جور نباشند، اگر خدا هم روی زمین بیاید، نمی تواند آنها را با هم جور کند.
** ما همگی مجموعه ای از خاطرات داریم که دوست داریم با خوشحالی آنها را به دست فراموشی بسپاریم. ولی موضوعاتی هستند که
Jan 30, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nagyon aranyos, kissé meredek, de élvezetes történet. Szerencsére Sallie által Judy életét is nyomon követhetjük, mert ezekre a levelekre mindenki válaszol, hiába csak egy szereplő írásait olvashatjuk el. Haláli volt és imádtam: Dr. Robin McRae személye, becenevei és a vendégség nála. Persze elég makacs és tipikus skót, de a szintén makacs Sallie-t sem féltettem. Bájos, vörös hajú, pimasz teremtés, akit majdnem annyira lehet szeretni, mint Judyt.

A szereplők érezhetően fejlődnek a történet folyam
Nov 27, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young adult novel from 1915, and a sequel to the author's classic, Daddy Long Legs. While a mostly entertaining read, Dear Enemy is highly predictable and in some ways a rip-off of Jane Eyre. What is most notable about the book is not the love story or the tales of running a 1915-era progressive orphanage, but the social politics. From a feminist standpoint, the novel offers a fascinating study of what a young, college-educated woman's place in society should be in 1915; the answers it ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a public domain book about a young lady who becomes the director of an orphanage in the United States against her wishes. Told in a series of letters, the protagonist's chipper yet witty narrative is amusing, though becomes a bit tiresome by the end. There is a romantic subplot between our heroine and the brooding Scottish tsundere doctor, whom she playfully calls her enemy in letters to him.

About halfway through I got a little bored. Four stars for the first half, 2.5 for the second ha
Jennifer Zartman
Jul 10, 2014 Jennifer Zartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I read the two books too close together, but this book strikes me as a bit of a re-run of Daddy Long Legs. Writing an engaging book in the form of letters is more difficult than taking the reader through the action in the normal fashion, and it's a little bit like dessert--wonderful as a novelty or an occasional treat, but not something I want all the time. The character of Sallie McBride resembles Judy Abbott of Daddy Long Legs a bit too much, and the plots play out the same way as well ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, librivox-org
I enjoyed this book very much. Instead of being shocked by the attitudes of the time, I found I was impressed by how modern the author's ideas were. I have read a lot of these older novels!

Several times I wondered if the book was written to change public attitudes regarding orphans and orphan asylums. I rather think it was. It was never preachy, exactly, but it came close a few times. Being modern myself, I judged that the attitudes of that time ought to be changed!

I especially liked the determi
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Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster) was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Her most well-known books feature lively and likeable young female protagonists who come of age intellectually, morally, and socially, but with enough humor, snappy dialogue, and gently biting social commentary to make her books palatable and enjoyable ...more
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