I love this book! It was written by Louisa May Alcott who also wrote Little Women and Good Wives. This might seem odd to some but I prefer An Old Fashioned Girl to any other book that Alcott wrote. It is one of my favourites and has been since I first read it as a child. I still read it at least once a year!
As you can see from the photograph, I am part way through it again. If I feel myself getting too caught up in the world I read this book again as it is all about being true to yourself. Polly Milton is a girl who lives in the country and is, perhaps, a little naive. She goes to visit her more worldly cousins in the city and there is much temptation to change and to become more interested in the frivolous and vacuous pleasures rather than in the solid values that she was raised to treasure. Polly is such a sweet character and yet you do warm to her as she is human and isn't presented as perfect and flawless.
It isn't a preachy book but it does have moral lessons woven into the story. Themes of being true to yourself, being kind to others and respecting your elders are timeless, as is this adorable little story!
Do you read your favourite childhood books again in adulthood?