The story focuses on a seventeen-year-old girl, Katura, who lives on the family farm, a life of dudgery and hardship. One day, she receives a letter from her cousins in Boston, asking her to come for a long visit. With only $10 for the "absolute essentials", she prepares and leaves for the trip. Her cousins are greatly influenced by her diligence and innocence, and absolutely adore her. While in Boston, Katura meets Tryphosa, a wonderful Christian. Although an invalid, with constant terrible pain, Tryphosa always has a song. Katura is greatly influenced by Tryphosa and gives her life over to the King.
She is planning to attend school in the city in the fall, and is excited about her life. Things are looking so bright...then the letter arrives. Her step-mother, who had been so unpleasant to Katura in the past, has had a stroke.
Her world was so bright...now things are quickly growing dimmer. Will she, instead of searching for happiness, seek harmony with her King?
Although short, this is one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend it without any reservations! Nine out of ten stars...I have read it several times, and have enjoyed it immensely every one. I have a copy, if you would like to borrow it. Also, you can read it online here on Project Gutenberg, and you can find it for sale here at Rod and Staff.
EDIT: Forgot to say, this book is probably best for girls age 12 + up :)