When Elsie's daughter, young Elsie, hears that her beloved Lester has contracted typhoid fever overseas, she and her brother, Edward, go to Italy to nurse him back to health. When Lester recovers, the two are married, with only Edward and a few friends in attendance. On the return trip to America, Edward is reacquainted with the Love family, a father and daughter who had been in Italy. Edward and Zoe, the daughter, fall in love and marry. Meanwhile at home, Captain Raymond, a widower, courts and wins the love of Elsie&rsquo:s daughter, Violet. When the time comes for the captain to return to sea, Violet and his children are left in the care of 'Grandma' Elsie and her father. Grandmother Elsie is the eighth book in the original, unabridged nineteenth century Martha Finley classic, the Elsie Dinsmore Series. These books are best when read in order.