After the death of her mother, Elsie Hathaway left her father’s home to live with her uncle and aunt in the city. And she has excelled under the privileges she has received in wealth, society, and culture, earning every honor her education offered.
But on the cusp of adulthood in the 1920s, Elsie begins to question the direction of her life when she compares it to the struggles her widowed father and two motherless brothers have had to endure in her absence. A chance trip to the old house opens her eyes to their needs and makes her long to do something of worth—something that would earn her the respect of a certain handsome young man.
Elsie’s heart was bruised by overhearing Cameron Stewart say that all her accomplishments would matter very little in real life, and Elsie has wondered ever since what she is missing.
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