At a very early age an American boy named Cedric is told that he is the sole heir to a British earldom, and so leaves New York to take up residence in his ancestral castle, where, after some initial resistance, he is joined by his middle-class mother, ''Dearest'', the widow of the late heir. His grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, intends to teach the boy to become an aristocrat, but Cedric inadvertently teaches his grandfather compassion and social justice, while the artless simplicity and motherly love of Dearest warms his heart.
rom his family forever, and that he need never expect help from his father as long as he lived.
The Captain was very sad when he read the letter; he was very fond of England, and he dearly loved the beautiful home where he had been born; he had even loved his ill-tempered old father, and had sympathized with him in his disappointments; but he knew he need expect no kindness from him in the future. At first he scarcely knew what to do; he had not been brought up to work, and had no business experience, but he had courage and plenty of determination. So he sold his commission in the English army, and after some trouble found a situation in New York, and married. The change from his old life in England was very great, but he was young and happy, and he hoped that hard work would do great things for him in the future. He had a small house on a quiet street, and his little boy was born there, and everything was so gay and cheerful, in a simple way, that he was never sorry for a moment that he had married th
I'm surprised I'm the first one to review this book. This is my favorite children book EVER, even more than The Secret Garden, which I also love. I would say this book is kinda fairy tale-ish, with the happy-ever-after ending, but with a soul as good as Cedric's, it's a fitting ending indeed.