A wonderful series of books! Lois Gladys Leppard the Author knew how to write a book. Even though her first story was written at age 11 , I believe God was using her even then. I am sad to say that she passed away october of 2008 , she was a godly rolemodel for the young girls who read her books. The story takes place in a little town in North Carolina , and mandie has a hard life, her step sister is mean and her mother could care less that mandie was the daughter of her late husband. So the mother decides to put mandie to work for a harsh family in town. And so goes the story of a little girl who finds her REAL mother, I cant tell you how blessed I am that my little boy and girl have such a good series to read! Thankyou lois !