Free Reads

Enjoy reading these free novels and short stories. Click on a cover to begin reading.

Beginning at Jerusalem

beginning-at-jerusalem-coverRansom Warder and his sister Ruth dream of being missionaries and going out in the world to do some good; but when they meet a stranger in need of help, Ransom and Ruth discover that there may be plenty of mission work to be done in their very own neighborhood.

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The Exact Truth

Cover_The Exact TruthThe Bible is full of golden texts of inspiration and maxims of sound doctrine, but Zephene Hammond thinks they’re just words on a page. Although she considers herself a Christian, she doesn’t think those Bible verses have any real meaning in her life. So when her Sunday school teacher challenges Zephene to look at the golden texts with fresh eyes, Zephene reluctantly takes up the challenge. Before long, Zeph sees that the Bible really can fit into her daily life and help her become a girl who always tells the exact truth.

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A Modern Sacrifice

Cover_A Modern Sacrifice 02Kissie Gordon knows all too well how easy it is to succumb to the ways of the world. The daughter of a minister, Kissie was raised to work for Jesus, not dance all night. But after her father’s death, Kissie and her mother move to the city, where the lure of having nice clothes and attending parties quickly become Kissie’s driving ambition … until one fateful evening when she learns a valuable lesson about the life she’s chosen to live.

Suddenly, Kissie realizes how close she almost came to ruin, and how right her parents had been to teach her to stay away from dancing, gambling, and extravagance. Kissie saved herself … now can she save her friends, too?

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Mrs. Harry Harper’s Awakening

Cover_Mrs Harry Harpers Awakening v1Newly married Mrs. Harry Harper isn’t happy at all. She’s living in a new town where she knows no one, and she desperately misses her mother. Worse, she has no friends nearby, and no purpose with which to fill her days while her husband is at work. But a chance meeting with a group of women turns her life upside down, when she’s mistaken for a member of their club. God does work in mysterious ways as the women’s meeting awakens Mrs. Harry Harper’s spirit in a way that fills her lonely life with purpose.

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Pictures from Mrs. Pierson’s Life

Cover_Pictures from Mrs Piersons Life v1 resizedMrs. Pierson considers herself a good Christian; she attends church regularly and her husband makes an annual contribution to the church’s Foreign Mission fund. Isn’t that enough? Her days are filled with social functions and trips to the dressmaker’s; how can she possibly find time to do all the things the ladies at church expect of her?

Fred & Maria & Me

Cover_Fred and Maria and MeElderly “Aunt Avery” loves her nephew Fred to distraction. Whenever Fred is in need, Aunt Avery generously comes to his aid … even if it means she must go without. But when Aunt Avery makes the ultimate sacrifice and gives up her home in order to send Fred money, her neighbors decide to take action—and they hatch a plan to reveal to Aunt Avery the truth about her nephew Fred. This short novel was a favorite of Isabella Alden’s; she even incorporated a mention of the novel in her book, Links in Rebecca’s Life.

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In the Promised Land

Isabella Alden’s son Raymond was a published writer, too. In 1905 his short story “In the Promised Land” won third prize in a national writing contest sponsored by Collier’s Weekly magazine. Click here to read “In the Promised Land.”

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Hazel Cunningham’s Denial

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Hazel Cunningham’s summer vacation at a fashionable resort is a dream come true. With new friends, golf games and other fun activities, she’s busy from morning till night; and she soon realizes her busy schedule has no room for Sunday church services and daily Bible readings. Hazel knows she’s gone astray, but she can’t quite find the strength to resist the pressure from her new, fun-loving friends … until God sends an example who can show Hazel the way.  This short story was written by Isabella Alden’s niece, Grace Livingston Hill. Click here to read a blog post about Isabella, her sister, Marcia, and Marcia’s daughter Grace Livingston Hill.

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When I was a Girl

An event from Isabella Alden’s childhood inspCover_When I Was a Girl resizedired this short story. After a young student wins a prestigious prize, rumors of cheating quickly spread through the school. Who could be so jealous as to start such a horrible rumor? And how can the student ever hope to clear her good name?

Click here to read a blog post about the incident that inspired Isabella’s story.

 

Mara

Cover_Mara resizedIt’s graduation day at Madame Nordhoff’s exclusive academy for young ladies, where four students—Gertrude, Eunice, Barbara and Bernice—prepare to go their separate ways. Best friends, they vow to stay in touch and reunite at each others’ weddings; but their plans are soon tested as they each return home to unexpected trials. And for one of the young women—whose future once appeared the brightest—a new romance may endanger her very soul. Can her friends unite in time to help her rediscover her life’s purpose and her faith in God?

Click here to read the blog post about why Mara was Isabella’s Alden’s most controversial book.

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Helen Lester

Cover_Helen Lester resizedIt’s a special day for the Lester family—eldest son Cleveland is finally returning home after a seven year absence. While everyone else is happy that Cleveland will again be part of the family, young Helen isn’t happy at all. She remembers her brother as a wayward young man who smoked and drank too much, and made her life miserable with his relentless teasing.

But Cleveland has changed; and he wants to share the reason for his transformation with the people he loves the most. Soon, Helen is undergoing a transformation of her own, as she slowly learns to trust Cleveland, and opens her heart to the message of salvation he is eager to share.

You can read more about Helen Lester, and how it came to be published; just click here.

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Memory’s Picture Gallery

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A young couple learn the joys and heartaches of true love, devotion and abiding faith in this charming short story by Isabella Alden.

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Sidney Martin’s Christmas

Image of the cover for Sidney Martin's ChristmasHere’s a charming Christmas short story from 1897, written for boys and girls of all ages. For the first time in his young life, Sidney Martin must spend Christmas alone in the big city. How he wishes he could see his family and share in their spirit of Christmas! Instead, he must spend the long day alone, doing nothing in particular and mattering to no one. But an odd circumstance may help Sidney realize that the spirit of Christmas is alive in his heart, after all.

 

Agatha’s Unknown Way

Image of Cover for Agatha's Unknown WayAgatha Hunter is a determined young lady. She’s willing to brave the dangers of the big city in order to realize her dream of attending a church missionary meeting. Imagine meeting other women with the same blessed zeal, the same divine calling to further Christ’s work in foreign lands! Why, a big, splendid church in town must have hundreds of women working together for the Lord’s cause, and Agatha is certain she will find kindred sprits there.

But Agatha’s resolve is soon put to the test as the missionary meeting falls far short of her expectations; and instead of being kindred spirits, the ladies of the missionary society would rather talk about housekeeping than evangelism. Can Agatha plant a seed for Christ in the hearts of these city people?

 

My Daughter Susan

If Miss Susan Carleton has one overriding ambition in her life, it is to one day hear the King say: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ She won’t be content with anything less than the commendation God promised to those who faithfully serve Him.

And serve she does, filling one single day with more testimony and more kind Christian acts than most people accomplish in a lifetime. With so many lives to be helped and souls to be won, Susan draws energy and inspiration from God’s promise, “Inasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye did it unto me.”

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Spun from Fact

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New Christian Jeanie Barrett is certain she can do good works for the Lord; but soon after she embraces salvation, Jeanie suffers one great loss after another. Is God testing Jeanie’s new-found faith? Or is He leading her to a life of ministry more glorious than she ever imagined?

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Miss Priscilla Hunter

Cover_Miss Priscilla HunterThe church is in desperate need of repairs and the congregation is desperate to delay the cost. No one wants to contribute a penny toward the work to be done . . . until Priscilla Hunter takes matters into her own hands. She’s determined to raise the funds needed to make God’s house a model place for everyone to worship the Lord.

 

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People Who Haven’t Time & Can’t Afford It

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 Mrs. Leymon’s eyes have been opened. In her lovely home town there are actually mothers and children who live in deplorable conditions! She wants to make a difference in the lives of those poor souls and she wants the ladies at church to help. She never dreamed the women in her congregation would refuse such a worthy cause, but Mrs Leymon won’t give up. She has only to convince one person to contribute time to her cause and she knows the rest of the ladies will follow.

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What She Said & What She Meant

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There’s gossip in the air and reputations are being lost. Even the town’s beloved doctor isn’t safe from the hateful rumors. As one person after another discovers the pain of being shunned for something they didn’t do, one member of the congregation decides to take a stand. She’s determined to get to the bottom of the horrid stories and put an end to them once and for all.

13 Responses to “Free Reads”

  1. vickyrbenson August 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting these stories and for making so many Isabella Alden books available on Kindle. It is a labor of love, and I hope more and more people will be attracted to this site. So much of Isabella Alden’s writing is very impacting.

    • Isabella Alden August 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words, Vicky. This truly is a labor of love; we really want to keep Isabella’s stories alive and available for everyone.

  2. Carol Kronberg September 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    I really enjoy this page. Isabella Alden takes us back to a high standard of christian living. Keep up the good work

  3. Rebekah Morris March 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    I absolutely love “Pansy” books! When I first discovered some of her shorter stories on kindle, I was thrilled, since I have read and own over 70 of her books. These were some of the ones I hadn’t read. Thank you so much for making these available! I am sharing them with my blog readers.

    • Isabella Alden March 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      Rebekah, thank you for your comment and for sharing the word about Pansy’s books on your blog. Her books are getting harder and harder to find, but we keep searching for them! FYI, We Twelve Girls and The Exact Truth are now being edited and will be available later this month. —Susan

      • Rebekah Morris March 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

        That is great! I like both of those! Keep up the work you are doing! These books have influenced my own writing, and Isabella Alden is my absolute favorite author.

      • Isabella Alden March 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

        Will do!—Susan

  4. Lonely Glen April 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Oh, my, what a lovely discovery! I must ration my reading of these new Aldens. I thought I was done except for the occasional “Pansy” I overlooked . Thanks so much.

    • Isabella Alden April 18, 2016 at 6:37 am #

      Welcome, Lonely Glen! Please check back regularly; we’ll be adding more free reads in the coming weeks for you to enjoy. —Susan

  5. Laura June 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow this lady was a writing machine! I didn’t know she wrote so much.Her books are so much better than what they write today.

    • Isabella Alden June 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

      Laura, I couldn’t have said it better, myself! —Jenny

  6. Karen August 9, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Honestly, I have praised our dear Lord for the faithfulness of sharing Pansy’s works…she is a discovery to me. I’ve read my way through her niece’s wonderful works and was sad at the thought of “nothing new” when, voila! I have mentioned to the Lord, more than once, that I am very much looking forward to meeting Grace and Pansy in Heaven when we cross the Jordan. Bless you, Sister, for making these marvelous stories available!

    • Isabella Alden August 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      Karen, you are very welcome! Susan and I love these books, too, and we’re so glad to share them. —Jenny

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