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A Story of English Home Life.

BY

MRS. G. S. REANEY,

Author of
Our Daughters," Our Brothers and Sons," "Morning

Thoughts for our Daughters," etc.

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London:
HODDER AND STOUGHTON,

27, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCLXXXII,

251. é su

Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Printers, London and Aylesbury.

PREFACE.

IF

F my story were less true it would be less

worthy of the patient reading of my sister women of all classes in society.

That my Readers may do their part—and who can limit the splendid influence of lives in earnest ? -in closing the doors of our English homes to secrets such as darkened the young heart of Daisy Snowflake, is my one longing and prayer.

I am hopeful that my story may tell itself, by the lips of some kindly reader, to the tender hearts of mothers, as they gather week by week in their “Mothers' Meetings,” while at the same time I could wish that it might be read aloud to thoughtful girls at home or at school, who have yet to realize, it may be, how large their influence for good or otherwise is in that matter which so greatly concerned the life of my heroine,—Daisy

Snowflake.

And while venturing thus to choose the readers

of my story, I would not for one moment desire

to be thought to seek for it only the sympathy of those thus mentioned. It may have lessons for others. That it concerns in part, if not in whole, the general reader, perhaps no one will

think to question, to whom it tells itself from page to page in homely detail. May God speed it, and make it a blessing to the hearts and homes of all who give it kindly welcome!

ISABEL REANEY.

STEPNEY HOUSE, EAST INDIA ROAD,

LONDON.

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