This book opens with a happy description of the Ogilvie’s family life on their farm property in Gippsland, Victoria. Then Mother dies tragically, Father retreats into a shell, and the rest of the story recounts the efforts of the two youngest children to re-establish a healthy balance, by helping and thawing out their father.
There is much incidental description of life as it was in Gippsland in the late 1800’s. Mary Grant Bruce wrote that the book is “a true and faithful record of my country of Gippsland and its settlers … [the book] has been written more with a view to older youngsters and grown-ups.”
In her biography of Mary Grant Bruce, Alison Alexander suggested that even the most hard-hearted person could hardly read this story without a lump rising in the throat, and that she herself recalled reading it in floods of tears.
This book is under copyright owned by the Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust.
First Published in: 1912
First Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Limited
Places First Published: London, Melbourne and Toronto