*Not the original unabridged. The Life of Faith set.*
The Millie Keith series follows Millie from early adolescence to married life. Millie first must leave her home in Lansdale, Ohio, to begin life anew in Pleasant Plains, Indiana, a veritable frontier wilderness. As the oldest of 8, Millie helps her mother look after the mess of siblings, including impetuous, loveable twins Cyril and Don, and tag-a-long tomboy sister, Fan. Keeping those three out of mischief is almost a full time job in itself. Aunt Wealthy comes along to help them, and with her propensity for forgetting names, and having adventures, she quickly becomes a favorite for all readers. The books range in topic from frontier life, to slavery, to Southern balls, and even hit on South American culture, specifically Bolivia. I went through all the emotions while reading these books. Laughter, Sadness, Indignation.... I cried for joy. I cried from heartbreak. I saw the power of God through the circumstances that happened, and it takes more than my brain can give to realize that this series is a work of fiction and not a tale of a missionary family "Called by God to witness to the frontier of Indiana" or some such thing. Surely it can't simply be fiction? No, what I read here was more than that. I have to give this book 5 stars. I've just gotta.