This series (28 books in all) was written in the 1800ís by Martha Finley. Targeted specifically at young girls, the books aimed to teach them how to be more Christlike. The Elsie series sold more books than every other children's series, only surpassed by Louisa May Alcott. However, the series was generally ignored by critics because of it's focus on a Christian life. Because they were written so long ago, there are many UnfortunateImplications. Many of these comes from ValuesDissonance.

However, this book is fairly popular amoung Christians. A new series has been released by Mission City Press, re-titled ''A Life of Faith''. In the new series, the racism and some of the parental abuse has been toned down. Along with the new Elsie series, other series have been released, one focusing on Elsie's cousin Millie and another focusing on Elsie's daughter Violet.

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!! These books provide examples of:
* BigFancyHouse: Nearly every house mentioned in the books, as they are all plantations. The main ones are Roselands, The Oaks, Ion, and Viamede.
* BoardingSchool: Horace Jr. threatens to send Elsie to one if she does not behave like he wants her to.
* CoolOldLady: Wealthy Stanhope, Horace Jr's aunt.
* DancesAndBalls
* DeadGuyJunior: Elsie herself and later [[spoiler:Violet named after her grandmother, Violet Travilla]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Elsie's mother
* {{Elopement}}: Elsie Grayson and Horace Jr. elope, much to displeasure of their parents. They are later forced to separate.
* FunetikAksent: How all slaves speak in the original novels. Due to the UnfortunateImplications and ValuesDissonance, ''A Life of Faith'' changes this speak into normal English.
* GoldDigger: Enna Dinsmore and Tom Jackson.
* HappilyMarried: Nearly every couple in the books, with the exception of Enna.
* HappinessInSlavery: Aunt Chloe, the slaves at Ion, Edward Travilla's plantation. Any slave that disagrees is rebuked.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Elsie.
* HenpeckedHusband: Horace Sr.
* HonoraryUncle: Edward Travilla is one to Elsie. Rose Allison is a female version.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Mrs. Violet Travilla and Elsie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Arthur Dinsmore. He frequently teases and harasses Elsie, but also volunteers to help Elsie and even stands up for her on occasion.
* LonelyRichKid: Elsie in the first book.
* {{Mammy}}: Aunt Chloe
* TheMatchmaker: Wealthy Stanhope
* MayDecemberRomance: Many, as these were desirable in the 19th century. The most prominent is [[spoiler: Edward Travilla and Elsie Dinsmore]].
* NamesTheSame: There are multiple Roses as well as Horace Sr, Horace Jr, and [[spoiler:Horace the Third, Horace Jr's and Rose Allison's son]]. Later on, there are multiple Elsies.
* OldRetainer: Aunt Chloe, the mammy to first Elsie's mother, then Elsie herself, and finally Elsie's children.
* ParentalAbandonment: Elsie's father Horace leaves her with her grandparents when she is young, while he travels Europe. He later returns. Elsie's mother is dead.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Horace Jr. gives one to Elsie and Bromly Edgerton because [[spoiler: Bromly Edgerton is really Tom Jackson]].
* ParentalNeglect- When he returns, Horace to Elsie. Elsie's grandfather as well.
* ParentalSubstitute: Rose Allison as well.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Elsie is raised by her grandparents until her father returns.
* SadistTeacher: Miss Day, the governess.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: [[spoiler: Edward Travilla when he meets up with the Dinsmore's in ''Elsie's True Love'']].
* SouthernBelle: Both types are presented.
** Bonne Belle: Elsie and Adelaide Dinsmore
** Mauvaise Belle: Enna Dinsmore
* SouthernGentlemen: All Dinsmore men, with the exception of Arthur. Edward Travilla as well.
* SpoiledBrat: An argument could be made for all of Horace Sr.'s and the second Mrs. Dinsmore's children, but Enna and Arthur stand out.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Elsie asks this to Aunt Chloe when she learns that her father is returning from Europe. Later on, she asks her father about her mother.
* WickedStepmother: Elsie's step-grandmother.
* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler:Elsie marries Edward Travilla, who was one of her father's best friends, and her honorary uncle]].
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