Synopsis: When Bettie, Jeanie, Mabel and Marjory dug the dandelions from the lawn of the little square cottage near the church, they earned the right to use the cottage as their own for a whole summer. And what an eventful summer it was in the Upper Michigan village on Lake Superior! This charming, simple story of the adventures of four very real and lovable girls was first published in 1904 and has been eagerly read by generations of girls since.

Release Date: 1st May 1904

Genres: Classics, Friendship, Historical, Teen, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Contemporary, Coming of Age,

Review: Such a precious story of true friendship, 4 girls who each have responsibilities at home and no where quiet to play just for them, find a beautiful abandoned cottage and a kind man gives it to them if they cleaned everything in and out on it. But trouble comes with new neighbours and they have to overcome a lot and grow as young women.

I adored listening to this story the girls were sweet and really cared for each other, the story flowed naturally and it was an enjoyable story to hear. My only issue I had was that the writer constantly rehashed their ages and their descriptions like we know who they are you told us at the start we didn’t need to hear it almost every chapter. Everything else was simply adorable and precious and a great early 1900’s story of friendship.

Narrator Review: Betsie Bush was a good narrator her voice was clear enough and you could feel she had a connection to the story and that she was enjoying reading it. She was easy to listen too and didn’t make any major mistakes at all.

About Author: Carroll Watson Rankin is the pen name of American author Caroline Clement Watson Rankin. Mrs. Rankin was born in Marquette, Michigan and became a reporter at age 16. She remained a reporter until her marriage to Ernest Rankin in 1886. They had four children.

Her best known work is her first book, Dandelion Cottage, published in 1904. Mrs Rankin died in 1945.


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