372F: Growing up in a convent

I’m trying to remember the name of a sweetly simple novel, not very long and probably published in the 1960s, about a young motherless girl whose father brings her to a convent so the nuns can raise her while he–works? Travels? I can’t recall. I believe it was written in first person, and the girl lives a fairly idyllic existence with the nuns, who treat her with every kindness until her father returns. She doesn’t always understand their little jokes, such as one involving “elbow grease” that I never forgot. The title and author, however, are another story.

6 thoughts on “372F: Growing up in a convent

  1. Lieslindi

    What comes to mind is Daddy Longlegs by Jean Webster and I’ll leave it as a possibility though it must be wrong: the girl might have just been in a boarding school, not a convent; and the man is not her father but eventually her husband.

  2. Trish

    I’m thinking of a book I loved as a kid, Mary Kate by Rita Shields. Published in 1963, set at the beginning of WWII, a chapter book but only 120 pages. Mary Kate is an orphan who’s been living with the nuns all her life, but she befriends a little boy who was left there by his military father after his mother’s death, and is eventually adopted by the father and his new wife.


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