Meet Elsie Hathaway, a girl on the cusp of adulthood in the 1920s, who begins to question the direction of her life when she compares the privileges she received being raised by her aunt to the struggles her widowed father and motherless brothers have had to endure in her absence. Then the words of a handsome stranger compel Elsie to make changes that will earn his respect. Can she find herself worthy of honor?
One of My Favorites
An earlier (1920s) offering from GLH, the heroine of this book is very domestic but fairly strong-minded for the time. She's busy getting an education when the story opens, and she values education and hard work. She also takes up a leadership role in her all male family.
There is a strong sibling bond in this book and-somewhat unusually-a character with close ties to the heroine who I wasn't convinced had made a complete reformation. But the lingering question made it more realistic.
The hero is Basic GLH: one of two formats she would follow for most of the rest of her novels. The servant description is jarring to our era, although I believe it was fairly typical of the times.
Lastly, the food in this book sounds delicious. I just wish I could cook like that!