Isabella Alden’s first novel, Helen Lester, was published in 1865 when she was 24 years old.
The original book included a few illustrations. This one depicts the moment in the story when Helen’s older brother leads her to the Christ.
Helen Lester was a great success and launched Isabella’s writing career, but it almost wasn’t published!
You can read more about how Helen Lester came to be—-and read the book for free! Just click here.