Smiles is a girl who has already made many friends and is destined to make many more. Her real name is Rose, but the rough folk of the Cumberlands preferred tehir own way of addressing her, for her smile was so bright and winning that no other name suited her so well.
nfining clothing and bending naturally, was slender and lithesome, but full of curves which told that the bud of childhood was just beginning to open into the blossom of early maturity--about fifteen or sixteen years old, Donald guessed her to be.
At her feet lay an overturned kettle the contents from which, a simple stew, was sending up a cloud of steam from the rough floor, and explained the reason for the misty eyes and tenderly nursed ankle.
The whole picture was graven on his mind in a single glance; but, the next instant the sunniest, most appealing of smiles broke through the girl's pain-drawn tears.
"Yo' ... yo' looked so funny a-fallin' over thet thar dawg, an' a-rollin' on the floor," her words bubbled forth.
"I'm glad that you have something to laugh about, but dev ... deucedly sorry that I made you burn yourself, child," answered Donald, awkwardly. "It must hurt like the ... the mischief," he added, as he stepped forward to examine the injury with a quick return to his
Smiles is a beautiful and engaging love story. It will take you through a gamut of emotion but mostly in keeping you misty eyed and happy. There are a couple unlikely scenarios which made the story less “real” to me like who leaves their 4 year old alone on shore in the forest while going into a river on canoe and what are the odds of moving to a new city and finding out one of your new best friends is actually a long lost sibling to you. Smiles is Eliot H. Robinson most famous work, and rightly so. It would be nice to find his other works such as the follow-up to this “Smiling Pass: Being A Further Account Of The Career of "Smiles," A Rose of…” scanned to eBook.
Lovely story, especially the first several chapters. A bit too drawn out during the war years, but with a little surprise ending to make plowing through it worth your while.
I like it
a must read for all ages