Edward and Elsie's daughter, young Elsie, is saddened by a separation from her beloved Lester, who is studying art in Italy. Shortly after Lester leaves for Europe, the family is devastated by Edward's sudden death. Elsie finds solace in the comfort of her father Horace Dinsmore, and most of all in the everlasting arms of her heavenly Father. Knowing Edward is in heaven with loved ones gone on before, is a great comfort to the Travilla family as they deal with the loss of husband and father. Elsie's Widowhood is the seventh book in the original, unabridged nineteenth century Martha Finley classic, the Elsie Dinsmore Series.