1895 1st edition; Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston; hardbound in burgundy boards with gilt lettering and decor on cover and spine; previous owner's name inside cover page, otherwise clean, unmarked pages; minor age foxing; a quite nice edition; no dust jacket.
“If something would "only" happen—if I could have one day, just one day, different from the others!” Thus mourned Ester Ried, for it seemed to her that her days consisted of nothing but monotony. Every day she made beds, baked endless pies in a hot kitchen, ironed, and raced against the clock to get tea on the table for the boarders. Every evening she fell into bed, too weary even for prayers, much less any Bible reading. As she nursed her suffering soul, she snapped at her sisters and brother until her very crossness added still more to her suffering and made her crosser still!
Then a letter arrived from a well-to-do cousin in New York City—and things "did" begin to happen. Ester was invited for a visit, and when she accepted, she had no idea that the coming days would change her life in ways she had never imagined...