Prudence of the Parsonage

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Author: Ethel Hueston
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,197 / 198 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 395
Added to site: 2006.05.19 13655

Prudence is the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister and has to mother the four younger children. There are twins, always resourceful, to add to the gaiety of nations and the trials of Prudence. She sacrifices her lover to her idea of her duty but the sacrifice is happily prevented from being permanent. Sentimental, but cheerful and many readers will enjoy it.

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into the woodshed, and saw no one. She went into the barn-lot, and found it empty. In despair, she plunged into the barn--and stopped abruptly.

In a shadowy corner was a slender figure kneeling beside an overturned nail keg, her face buried in her hands. Evidently this was Prudence engaged in prayer,--and in the barn, of all places in the world!

"A--a--a--hem!" stammered Mrs. Adams inquiringly.

"Amen!" This was spoken aloud and hurriedly, and Prudence leaped to her feet. Her fair hair clung about her face in damp babyish tendrils, and her face was flushed and dusty, but alight with friendly interest. She ran forward eagerly, thrusting forth a slim and grimy hand.

"You are Mrs. Adams, aren't you? I am Prudence Starr. It is so kind of you to come the very first day," she cried. "It makes me love you right at the start."

"Ye--yes, I am Mrs. Adams." Mrs. Adams was embarrassed. She could not banish from her mental vision that kneeling figure by the nail keg. Interrogation was wr


Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

One of those girls' books about a family of jolly, wholesome sisters, "Prudence" doesn't measure up to the works of Louisa May Alcott, but should go down well with readers who enjoy the genre. The eldest daughter of a kindly Methodist minister, Prudence runs her motherless household of high-spirited girls with patience and fun.

The dose of Christianity delivered in the story goes down easily -- these are happy, "love your neighbor" and "judge not" Christians, rather than the dour, hating sort we see so much of today.

Linda Otto

If you look up the word "wholesome" in the dictionary, you should see pictures of the covers of Ethel Hueston's books. If not, there has been an oversight! These books are the most positive, cheerful little novels I have ever come across. Think LITTLE WOMEN with a father, instead of Marmie, raising five daughers with the oldest daugher , Prudence, in charge of the household. Dad's a Methodist minister, and I expected him to be staid and straight-laced. Not a bit of it. He's fun! They all are. What a rollicking bunch. A great, heart-warming tale of young women coming of age. Even when in Ethel's third novel about the family, SUNNY SLOPES, their sunny skies are clouded by tuberculosis, the family unit never cracks. Good, clean fun.

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