They Loved To Laugh

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Several years ago when Rachel, B and Joshua were about S and M’s age now (totally confused? they were about ages 9-13 or so) we read a book that stayed with me a long time.

I remember it so well because we were reading at night and I skimmed ahead a few sentences and saw a devastating passage in the book.

Totally heart wrenching. And I started crying.

So much that I had to ask Tim to take over reading for me.

I have wracked my brain trying to remember the name of the book over the years with no luck. As I was going through Joshua’s past school assignments, working on his homeschool album, I found the page where I notated the title.

And I was a happy girl!!!! I had gotten this book at our public library and it was still available.

Damaged.

Beaten up.

Much loved book.

They Loved to Laugh

This is absolutely one of my favorite read alouds and I just finished reading it to M and S (and Joshua again). I was able to hold it together during the sad part and relished remembering every touching detail of the story.

The basic plot revolves around Martitia, an orphan after losing both parents, who comes to live with Dr. David and his large family in the 1830’s.

Of course, I liked it for the idea of Martitia being an orphan yet attaching and thriving in a new family. (Yes, I’m subtle like that.)

There is a totally appropriate courtship/romance that is as sweet and natural as they come.

An added bonus: the story is set in Guilford County where we live.

I’m not telling you any more but if you can’t find it at your library try Amazon. My kids loved it and S says it was “crazy amazing.” It’s funny, family and God-centered but without any preaching, wholesome and innocent and heartfelt. Go read it.

I am linking to: Hope is the Word, Naptime Review

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Comments

  1. J. says:

    I will try to remember that next time I am buying new books on Amazon – thanks, looks good.

  2. The Lundys says:

    Thanks! I just bawled last night trying to read the Velveteen Rabbit to our 3. :p

  3. The Lundys says:

    Hey, I couldn’t find your email, but saw your comments were moderated, so I’m going roundabout. This is Margie/Unspeakable Joy/whatever. 🙂 I think we’re coming your way, heading to Charlotte this weekend for a week. Looks like you’re not too far, and I’m not sure where we’ll head next, but generally northeast. I’d love to meet up if you’re up for it. no worries if not! [email protected] if you wanna chat about it. Thanks!

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