Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to his working-class friends, Cedric goes to England together with his mother to embrace his new fortune. His grandfather, the old earl, is a bitter old man ridden with gout and a foul temper, trusting no one. However the angelic boy elicits a profound transformation in the grandfather, which not only benefits the castle household but the whole populace of the earldom.
If only the old man’s heart would soften toward Cedric’s estranged mother, the family would be healed at last. And when another potential heir to the earldom makes a claim, it seems that everything is lost….
But all things are possible through a child’s innocent trust, true friendship, and unconditional love. (from Goodreads)
I wanted to read this book since I was a kid, probably after reading A Little Princes. A while ago a penpal reminded me of its existence and next time I saw it in a bookstore, I bought it.
There’s not much to say about it that GR’s synopsis hasn’t. I would have enjoyed it better if I read this when I was 10. Reading it at 26 was probably not the best idea, because I found it filled of common places and every problem that was presented to this little guy had such a predictable solution that even certain “plot-twist” was obvious. But is a nice book for young kids beginning to read, I guess