Sunday, July 24, 2022

The Flower of the Family


"The Flower of the Family" was originally published in 1854.  Lucy is one of ten children living on a farm, under the strain of debt and limited means.  The story follows her as she is devoted to her home and family. Her Christian character develops beautifully amid domestic cares and duties. After a brief illness, she goes to live with wealthy relatives in order to restore her health.  She is much appreciated and needed by those in her home circle. The Flower of the family is a description of a precious person who is greatly loved.  This describes Lucy perfectly.  There are many lessons gleaned from the pages of this book.  There are both sad and happy times, much like in all of our lives. Whether Lucy is living in poverty or surrounded by the luxuries of wealth, she has learned to be peaceful and content, with great faith in God.  I have read this story several times and find it wonderfully inspiring.


   Today, we present to you a new edition from The Legacy of Home Press. 

 I spent a great deal of time transcribing the 1883 edition (with a touch of gentle editing) to produce a beautiful new edition of "The Flower of the Family." 

This book was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss (1818 - 1878). She was the daughter of a New England clergyman, and the wife of a minister. She was the mother of six children and the author of several inspiring stories, including "Aunt Jane's Hero," and "Stepping Heavenward." Her writings continue to encourage and bless readers all over the world."





 - Special features of the current edition, published by The Legacy of Home press, include:


   1.) George Prentiss (the author's husband) wrote the introduction to the book in 1883. 

   2.) Includes a Review of the book, written in 1877 by a New York publisher.

   3.) The cover photo was taken just as autumn was unfolding in Vermont by Mrs. White. It is one of the beautiful lakes near her home. 

 The book covers, in this series, are intended to show some of the scenery of Vermont. The Prentiss family built a  house in Dorset, Vermont in 1869.  This was where Mrs. Prentiss spent her last 10 summers.

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This book is the third in a series of books we are reprinting by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  Below you will find a link to both the paperback and hardcover editions of "The Flower of the Family." 

"The Flower of the Family" - The paperback edition.

ISBN:  978-1-956616-08-8

231 pages.

6 x 9




"The Flower of the Family" - 
The hardcover edition.

ISBN:  978-1-956616-09-5

231 pages.

6 x 9 

If you are able to get a copy of this book and like it, it would be a great help to me if you will write a review on Amazon. Thank you!

Our first book in this series - "Stepping Heavenward."

Our second book in this series - "Aunt Jane's Hero."


I hope you enjoy these books! 


Mrs. White


 From the Archives -  

A Peaceful Heart - The Quiet Kindness of a Titus 2 Mother.  

 Testimony of the Mother of D.L. Moody - Poverty in the 1800's.

Some ideas to help - A Home Without Clutter.

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Cate Nunan said...

Dear Mrs. White,

I was introduced to "Stepping heavenward" by you and it was such a delight and really affected my life as a wife and mother in many, positive ways. I will be ordering the second and third books that your Legacy Press has now published, and will be reading them in Australia, with a grateful heart. Miss Iris turned 4 a few weeks ago - can you believe how that time has flown. I am still a busy but happy Grandma. Thank you for the efforts you make to bring these important and beautiful stories to a wider audience and I will particularly enjoy the Vermont photos.

My blessings to you,

Cate Nunan

Amelia said...

Thank you for sharing, this sounds very good. Although I've enjoyed following you on Bloglovin and email, I followed you the traditional way today on blogger as the other ways seem very undependable these days. I hope all is well with you and yours! : )

God bless you, ~Amelia