At the turn of the century, nine-year-old Nancy’s mother becomes so ill that she must spend a year in the hospital. Nancy goes to stay in a small town with the Swedish-American Bensons, where she spends a surprisingly wonderful spring full of flowers, friends, and Swedish customs.
This is one of my favorite comfort books; it’s a gentle but lively story full of marvelous details, friendship, and love. In terms of the writing, I love how the author strung the episodes together like charms on the bracelet of Nancy’s search for a name day of her own. The sequels, ‘The Little Silver House’ and ‘The Crystal Tree’ are equally wonderful.