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Rachel in the Abbey (Abbey #35)

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Title:Rachel in the Abbey (Abbey #35)
Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette  Writing under the pseudonym: Oxenham, Elsie J.   
(33 of 47 for author by title)
Robins in the Abbey (Abbey #32)
Queen of the Abbey Girls (Abbey #16)
Published:   1951
Tags:fiction, young adult

An engaging title in the Abbey Girls series. In this book, Rachel and Damaris Ellerton are living in Gracedieu Abbey owned by Joan Raymond, Rachel as Abbey guide (Guardian) and Damaris as gardener, after Damaris's former career as a ballet dancer had been cut short by an accident. In their roles in the Abbey they are able to provide support and advice to the schoolgirls living in the Hall next door. A theme running through the book is finding your purpose in life, and how you can make a difference. The story opens with Benedicta who wants to find a job where she can be useful. The three schoolgirls staying at the Hall want to remove themselves from the Hall so as not to be in the way, but are assured that there is a useful role for them in guiding and helping the younger girls.

If you have not read other books in this series you might be bewildered by the many characters who walk through the pages of the book.

—Lady_bercilak [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:114 Info

Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette

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A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.

Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.

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