The Lemon Jelly Cakeby Madeline Babcock Smith, Dan Guillory (Introduction)
A surefire guarantee for the headaches and stomach upsets of the late twentieth century, The Lemon Jelly Cake carries readers back to kinder, gentler times in a small town at the turn of the century. Evoking a forgotten America of lush lawns, bountiful summer picnics, and shady front porches, the tale is set when the day's toughest decision might have been what to serve for dinner or which suit or dress to wear.
In this new Prairie State Books edition, an introduction by longtime Millikin University faculty member and Findlay resident Dan Guillory situates the book and its charming tale firmly in the Central Illinois of 1900.
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This was one of the funniest books that I have read for a longtime. Notice Helene's references to the 'hoarfrost' house! It is also a gentle book with fascinating insights into what was important to people at the beginning to the twentieth century. It certainly evoked a wistfulness for earlier simpler times when the most important thing in life was to can the best pickles. This book is a very enjoyable 'vacation' from the hectic pace of life.
I read this book in such a short time. It was funny and gave me a wonderful idea of what life was like at the turn of the 1900s. The contrast of what it was like in 1900 and the way it is now is amazing. I felt peaceful while reading this book - loved every page!!!