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The Little Colonel by Annie Fellows Johnston
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it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-pre-1960, 0wned
Recommended for: Anybody who likes old books

** spoiler alert ** This book holds a dear place in my heart! A friend introduced me to the series, and now I own the whole set of Little Colonel books and the companion Mary Ware series. _The Little Colonel_ is the first in the series, and introduces the heroine, Lloyd Sherman.

Plot Synopsis (and spoiler)!

Lloyd Sherman is a young child in this book, nicknamed "The Little Colonel" after her resemblance and similar hot-headed temper to her grandfather, a Civil War Colonel who lost his arm fighting the Yankees. Because her mother married without her father's consent, the Colonel has not spoken to her since.

However, Lloyd and her grandfather meet each other by accident. He is drawn to her, initially due to her resemblance of her own mother at her age, and then because of her own winning personality, although they have some stormy interludes. Lloyd's father comes home from the West where he went to bolster their fortunes, but he is very ill with typhoid fever, and the family is even poorer now, trying to find money to pay for the doctor. At the same time, the Colonel comes down with rheumatism and wants Lloyd to come stay at Locust - his mansion, named after the rows of old locust trees on each side of the drive - because he wants her near him, and is afraid she will catch the fever from her father.

The grandfather and granddaughter become closer during her stay, but Lloyd at last returns to her family, much to her grandfather's regret. 'Papa Jack' is better, but when he suffers a relapse, Lloyd runs to the Colonel - the only one she knows to go to for help. The Colonel had sworn never to see his daughter again at her marriage, and refuses to go with his granddaughter, believing there is no danger. Lloyd leaves the house in tears and anger while the Colonel searches his heart. The love he bears for his daughter and Lloyd finally wins the battle, and he goes to the Sherman house, to find Jack revived - the relapse was only a faint brought on by exertion. A joyful reunion follows between him and his daughter, and the entire family goes back to Locust for Christmas.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
October 11, 2010 – Shelved
December 20, 2018 – Shelved as: childrens-pre-1960
January 19, 2019 – Shelved as: 0wned

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