They Loved to Laugh

Tears and laughter alternate in this novel of a young girl s growth to womanhood in the 1830s 16 year old orphan Martitia Howland has been transplanted into a Quaker farm family of five intimidating sons and one disapproving daughter As Martitia runs their gauntlet, she suffers their teasing but finally begins to bloom Valiantly she acquires the skills they expect of heTears and laughter alternate in this novel of a young girl s growth to womanhood in the 1830s 16 year old orphan Martitia Howland has been transplanted into a Quaker farm family of five intimidating sons and one disapproving daughter As Martitia runs their gauntlet, she suffers their teasing but finally begins to bloom Valiantly she acquires the skills they expect of her, and discovers other gifts all her own Her achievements earn respect in the end and , her heart s true love.
They Loved to Laugh Tears and laughter alternate in this novel of a young girl s growth to womanhood in the s year old orphan Martitia Howland has been transplanted into a Quaker farm family of five intimidating s

  • Title: They Loved to Laugh
  • Author: Kathryn Worth Marguerite de Angeli
  • ISBN: 9781883937164
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. After her mother dies, shy orphan Martitia is given a home by a lively and affectionate Quaker family in North Carolina. The brothers tease her to death while their sister resents Martitia's delicate white hands and lack of housekeeping skills. Yet it will be an unexpected talent of Martitia's (along with hard work) that saves the family fortunes!

    2. I've cried during a lot of books. I started reading this and thought it would be sweet, relaxing, and entertaining. By the end I was sobbing. (And it wasn't because I was sick of the book, lol). The funny thing I'm still not quite sure why this book touched me so deeply. It's entertaining for sure, but it's not just entertaining. There's a strong message underneath that speaks of kindness, love and devotion to God. The romance was heartbreaking for me because there was a death, and simple, small [...]

    3. A truly delightful read. I cry every time I go through Martitia's trials with her, and as I see her grow through adversity. But I also laugh with her. The portrait Worth painted of life in rural North Carolina seems difficult but less harsh than some of the pioneer accounts, and it contains gems of wisdom for how to live life, to work hard and to love. The cover is a little weird, but don't let that put you off. Keep reading, because the scenes with Martitia and the silk worms are incredible. We [...]

    4. I wanted to like this, but I just didn't. Something about the writing style and characterization just felt really off. I found the main character, Martitia, to be a rather insipid protagonist. She was almost like a programmed robot at times. She never seems to know her own mind or figure things out very easily. There was never really any deep insight into what she was thinking or feeling and the characterization felt too simple and shallow. Despite the fact that the book starts out when she's si [...]

    5. I love this book! Yes, it is old fashioned and contains some very old fashioned ideas. But the story of a family that accepted an orphan into their midst as their own and teach her to laugh is one that never grows old. One thing, as reading it as an adult, you notice things you didn't notice before. You realize that this family knew loss and heartache. Yet, they were able to laugh, tease, and sometimes torment each other while showing love. This is set before the time of the War between the stat [...]

    6. Sweet little historical fiction read that I ran across on accident. One of the things that fascinated me personally was the mention of one of their neighbors, Nathan Coffin, in Guilford County, NC. Turns out this Quaker family was acquainted with some of my ancestors, which added an extra level of interest for me.

    7. An overly wholesome attempt at entertainment that isn't actually entertaining. Martitia is weak, boring, and almost worse than Bella Swann on the idiot protagonist scale. The characters held no happiness for me and I would never have picked up this book if it hadn't been for my curriculum. Not recommended for anyone who values their sanity.

    8. A very simple and moving book, about a Quaker family in an earlier American day. A young girl loses her parents and is taken in by the family of the doctor who had been with them as they died. The doctor's family is Quaker, though the mother and grandfather are the only ones who truly cling to the strong and strict form of their religion. There are five boys who seem huge and overpowering to the small and solemn girl when she first arrives at their home, the more so for their great and frequent [...]

    9. A wonderful book portraying a loving Quaker family, in the 1800's, and the shy relative they took in, who "doesn't laugh". Delightful, with humor and a happy ending!

    10. P. 60, checked reviews again to see if I needed to keep going. Read this review: /review/show and decided that it is indeed time to DNF the thing. I should like it, but I don't. Boys & Ruth too mean, Martitia too childish, not enough about Quakers, Eunice doesn't even act like one. Bleah.

    11. This book is 2nd or 3rd on our top five list - absolutely wonderful!Synopsis: Martitia's parents are dead, and she is alone in the world. Doctor David Gardiner, who attended her parents in their last hours, takes her home until her relatives can arrange for her care. But Doctor David's family is unlike anything Martitia has ever encountered before. Will she make the necessary adjustments to become part of their household, or will she retreat to the home of her cold uncle and uncaring aunt?What w [...]

    12. I'm feeling generous with ratings today. This was not a well written book and I didn't care for the protagonist much. She does improve once she decides to start growing a spine. The story was predictable, dripping sweet, and the feminists would have a heyday with this. I had to remind myself that just because it was written a long time ago doesn't make it a classic or literature. This was neither. With that said, it was a sweet story about good people and overall left me with a good feeling and [...]

    13. This book was written in 1942. The copy my library got for me has a broken spine and the due date slip in the front. That just added to the charm of this sotry. I'll never really know how to pronounce Martitia's name, but it doesn't matter really. She was a wonderful young lady who survived the loss of her parents and came to live in the Quaker family of Doctor David.

    14. I used to devour books when I was a kid, and this book is one of the few that I went back to again and again to read. The characters are so wholesome and goodhearted. And the sweet love story that slowly develops as the little girl grows up is endearing.

    15. a delightful fun read that was both entertaining and interesting. I would obviously recommend highly.

    16. This one was SO good. The girl is a lot like me.I'm not very good at understanding some ppls humorme as the girl. LOVE THIS BOOK!

    17. Very dated. Very 1950s middle school grades. All girls should learn housekeeping in order to catch a man and marry.

    18. My family's favorite book! I've read it a million times. Tee writing doesn't stand up against that of other writers, but that never dampened my interest.

    19. I read this book when I was young and just loved it. It reminded me of the two books by Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins and Rose In Bloom. This story just warms my heart.

    20. Honestly it completely surprises me that people like this book. I filled a whole page and a half! of things I couldn't stand about this book. Then I lost it, so let's try to see if I can remember some of the worst parts of it allFor one, (view spoiler)[Clarkson dying felt like the author was trying to get him out of the way so that Martitia doesn't have to choose between the two. (hide spoiler)]Then, the pranks they play. I don't understand why you would laugh when someone dumps you in a creek, [...]

    21. This is one of my favorite books! It is about a girl who is orphaned and goes to live with a Quaker family. Well, they are partly Quaker. The family consists of a girl, five boys, the parents, and the grandfather. At first, Martitia is "useless" since her mother never taught her to do anything around the house, but she becomes determined to learn to help. It is such a sweet book! The love the family has for each other is inspiring. I definitely recommend this book. Edit 5/31/2016:"My intent in t [...]

    22. They Love to Laugh Recently, I read the book “They Loved to Laugh’’ by Kathryn Worth. This book was published by Bethlehem Books in 1942. The number of pages is 254. Various little illustrations are located in the book. Sadly, the illustrations were out of proportion, scarce, and very tiny. The price for this book is about 10 dollars.This book was about a 16 year old girl, Martitia, whose parents have died. Because of this she goes off to stay with a Quaker family, the Gardeners, till her [...]

    23. This book is about a very little (in height) 16 year old girl. The book starts with her in a carriage going to a Quakers house after her parents were killed. There she meets five of the most troublesome boys and a coldhearted girl, the sons and daughter of David Gardner. under the wing of Eunice, the mother, Martitia learns to weave, cook, clean, and everything that a good housewife is supposed to know. Her uncle James (who is her closest relative),went to the house and asks for her for the sole [...]

    24. I don't remember why I picked this book as a teenager. Maybe it was the era and I was reading Wagon Train genre. I read this book with outbursts of laughter. The characters lept from the pages and leaned over my shoulder as I read their exploits. I learned to love each and everyone.From being pellted with apples upon arriving at the farm to learning to do housework to falling off a log into a stream filled with snakes (no snakes but the boys told her they were there) every moment kept me turning [...]

    25. For me, this was a good example of writing style changing in the middle. I read the whole thing in a couple hours, and immediately speed-read almost all of it again to make sure that what I had thought I read at the beginning was what was really on the page, and it was, which I could hardly believe based on the rest of the book.It was recommended by a lady I don't really know as one of her family's favorite fiction, so I thought maybe it was good. Now I'd say don't bother; stick to Louisa May Al [...]

    26. I absoluty loved this book. Martitia is an orphaned girl who is taken by the doctor who tended her parents to live with him. He has five boys who all tease her mercilessly, and one daughter who resents her for her lack of housekeeping skills due to her upbringing as a 'lady.' While Martitia leans these skills and makes herself into an educated and talented young woman, it is the skills that she cultivated with her mother that end up saving the family from hard times.The family is Quaker and farm [...]

    27. This is one of the sweetest books I've ever read. The story centers on Martitia and the Quaker family who take her in when her parents die. Martitia is intimidated by the boisterous, teasing sons, whose mission it becomes to make Martitia laugh with them in their pranks, and also by the lone daughter, who sternly admonishes Martitia to be useful, because 'every tub must stand on it's own bottom'. Martitia is used to keeping her hands pretty for playing the spinet and painting, so learning to coo [...]

    28. I don't really even know why I read this. It seems almost dorky now, but I was out of things to read and I found this on the shelf, and the title seemed pretty good, I guess, so yeah It's about Quakers, though, and unfortunately I've never been too inspired by Quakers :/And whenever I said the main character's name: "Martitia" it felt weird on my tongue. I think it's such an awkward, uglyish name. Probably just me. Oh well.I DID, however, get mad when Clarkson diede he was better than Jonathan. [...]

    29. Martitia is orphaned when her parents both die from illness. The doctor that comes to help them takes her home with him until her aunt and uncle can be contacted.This only child must choose between a leisure life without love with her rich aunt and uncle, or with love and hard work on a farm with a Quaker family with 12 children.Will serious Martitia ever learn to live with the teasing of the five Gardner boys, and will she ever learn to laugh as much as they do? And which of the boys that fall [...]

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