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Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Almost immediately Effie found herself caught in a struggle between "acting ladylike" and being herself--a struggle she was afraid of losing. Then suddenly, wonderfully, an act of heroism throws Effie into an extraordinary friendship with the football star himself! And she begins the thrilling journey of becoming a woman who understands strong faith and lasting love.


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Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Almost immediately Effie found herself caught in a struggle between "acting ladylike" and being herself--a struggle she was afraid of losing. Then suddenly, wonderfully, an act of heroism throws Effie into an extraordinary friendship with the football star himself! And she begins the thrilling journey of becoming a woman who understands strong faith and lasting love.

30 review for Found Treasure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I love GLH and this book was delightful. Effie made a bit of a different heroin from her normal ones, but shes now one of my favorites. Effie has real problems. Not nice clean ones that authors typically want to deal with. This girl has problems with laziness, and being to impetuous. She cares nothing for what anyone thinks. GLH tackled these problems that may seem small, but to Effie (and myself) they are very big. The whole development of Effie's character was beautiful. I loved it!! And the en I love GLH and this book was delightful. Effie made a bit of a different heroin from her normal ones, but shes now one of my favorites. Effie has real problems. Not nice clean ones that authors typically want to deal with. This girl has problems with laziness, and being to impetuous. She cares nothing for what anyone thinks. GLH tackled these problems that may seem small, but to Effie (and myself) they are very big. The whole development of Effie's character was beautiful. I loved it!! And the ending was so perfect. Overall, I don't think most modern authors would write a book like this. The style, and issues addressed were perfect though. I am so grateful GLH wrote books like this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Mitchell

    It was a Great story, but I wish there was a little more to the end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    Well the cover says, 'a novel of enduring romance' but that was certainly not a romance. Other than that disappointment, the story was very sweet and adorable. (And just normal by G.L. Hill standards) I felt bad for Effie right away, although her constant impulsiveness certainly could have been more annoying, had it persisted. But it was that exact personality which saved a life, and it obviously turned out for good. Effie's desire to think on things lovely, of good report, etc., was beautifully Well the cover says, 'a novel of enduring romance' but that was certainly not a romance. Other than that disappointment, the story was very sweet and adorable. (And just normal by G.L. Hill standards) I felt bad for Effie right away, although her constant impulsiveness certainly could have been more annoying, had it persisted. But it was that exact personality which saved a life, and it obviously turned out for good. Effie's desire to think on things lovely, of good report, etc., was beautifully threaded throughout the book. Like all G.L. Hill heroes, Lawrence was just precious. His snub of those annoying girls was great. The annoying girls ... well, they were certainly annoying, but probably a milder version of today's annoying girls. They were absolutely terrible, though, especially Eleanor. The setting was amazing, as usual. Captured just how I would think. I love the 1920's/30's. If you want to write a book set in 1920's or 30's America, G.L. Hill books, including this one, are pretty much must-reads.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cedar

    Room left for your imagination... This was a real found treasure! After reading and re-reading many Grace Livingstone Hill books, I found a new treasure... a story I had never read before! This was a real treasure, too, with room left for the imagination to fill in the final details...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    I absolutely adored this book! It's only 138 pages long. It's a short and good read. Throughout the book you see Effie's stage of conforming to transforming, which was written perfectly! If I could give 4.75 stars I would've. The ending for me was different from other Grace Livingston books I've read. I wish it would have been more detailed other than that, all-in-all it was a GREAT book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Travis

    Disappointed. I love Grace L. Hill's books but I was disappointed with the ending. I wanted them to come together as a couple. It may infer it but just wanted to see it in print.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Increased my rating after reading the second time. The message of letting God change a person's life is so powerful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    Effie Martin doesn't belong - a fact that's made perfectly clear by every last person around her. This is a story that made me wince more than a little - the harshness of non-conformity is painful to watch. The world wants Effie to fit in - and then she meets a boy who likes her as she is. Mostly. I like how Effie takes a long hard look at herself, and tries hard to grow up and do the right thing. But it's hard to watch because I know that I have been that person in the past (and still am, who am Effie Martin doesn't belong - a fact that's made perfectly clear by every last person around her. This is a story that made me wince more than a little - the harshness of non-conformity is painful to watch. The world wants Effie to fit in - and then she meets a boy who likes her as she is. Mostly. I like how Effie takes a long hard look at herself, and tries hard to grow up and do the right thing. But it's hard to watch because I know that I have been that person in the past (and still am, who am I kidding?) that people look at and wish was a bit more...kinder? gentler? beautiful? something....? So I give this one four stars because it made me uncomfortable. Though I suspect I might have to read it all over again later sometime, maybe when I have more courage to look myself in the eye.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Almost immediately Effie found herself caught in a struggle between "acting ladylike" and being herself--a About this book: “Effie Martin was humiliated! Lawrence Earle, the football hero, was coming back from college, and all the girls were planning a big picnic for him. She had been planning to go, too--until she overheard the girls saying they didn't want her along because she was too rough, too much of a tomboy. Well, she'd show them. She could be as much a lady as any of them! Or could she? Almost immediately Effie found herself caught in a struggle between "acting ladylike" and being herself--a struggle she was afraid of losing. Then suddenly, wonderfully, an act of heroism throws Effie into an extraordinary friendship with the football star himself! And she begins the thrilling journey of becoming a woman who understands strong faith and lasting love.” Spiritual Content- Proverbs 22:1 at the front & Philippians 4:8 gets quoted a few times; Guardian angels are mentioned; Lawrence has a strong Faith and witness to Effie; Prayers & a Scripture are said; Talks about God & knowing Him. Negative Content- Ugly, hate and wanting to die because nobody likes you (Effie feels like this); a flask gets emptied by others. Sexual Content- *Spoiler* When Eleanor gets married Euphemia says she can make Eleanor’s lingerie (nothing is said about what Eleanor will use it for, except that when Effie’s making it she says it’s underwear). *End of Spoiler* -Euphemia “Effie” Martin -Lawrence Earle P.O.V. switches between them in a narration form. Set in 1928 (but skips 5 years, then 1, then 3, then 2.) 140 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star (and a half) Early High School Teens- Two Stars High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Two Stars (and a half) “Found Treasure”, well, before the middle of the book, I was dreading finishing it! Effie was so annoying, rude & and just plain hateful! Many times I wanted to smack her (I know, I know, that’s wrong but honestly!) She (finally!) got better but then her bratty, selfish older sister took the hateful show over. Lawrence was the only good part in this book. Link to review: Coming 8/8/14 *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Barbour) for this review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Rathbun

    A fine book by Hill. My biggest beef is with the publishers! Reprints from the '60s show tacky "flower-child" cover illustrations and these republications from the '80s show a badly researched attempt to vaguely suggest a time in the past while I guess still looking up-to-date. I wish they would use an illustration that pictures the characters looking as they are described in the story - from 1928! Anyway, cute story about a tomboyish girl who grows up into strong feminine loveliness. The book g A fine book by Hill. My biggest beef is with the publishers! Reprints from the '60s show tacky "flower-child" cover illustrations and these republications from the '80s show a badly researched attempt to vaguely suggest a time in the past while I guess still looking up-to-date. I wish they would use an illustration that pictures the characters looking as they are described in the story - from 1928! Anyway, cute story about a tomboyish girl who grows up into strong feminine loveliness. The book goes into details of particular days and then skips five years in a paragraph! It also ends rather suddenly, but it's still an OK read. For a transformation story, I much prefer "Ester Ried's Awakening" by Isabella Macdonald Alden, Hill's aunt.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A classic tale. A young girl overhears someone talking about her and changes her entire life, with a little help from God. A bit unrealistic, but a feel good story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    This was a short read of a classic , old timely author. The growth of the main character for such a short piece was very satisfying.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Payton

  14. 5 out of 5

    sandra l reed

  15. 5 out of 5

    Della Smith

  16. 4 out of 5

    A Hoppy Reader

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terry Powers

  19. 4 out of 5

    yvonne Hinds

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Clausen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  22. 4 out of 5

    April

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robin Willson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joann

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tj

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

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