Charlotte M. Yonge was an English teacher and Victorian era author of many fiction and non-fiction works, who dedicated her talents as a writer to the service of the church and was widely read and respected in the nineteenth century. “The Young Step-Mother; Or, A Chronicle of Mistakes” was published in 1861. The heroine, Albinia Ferrars leaves her happy home with her Tractarian clergyman brother and his family to marry Edmund Kendal, a widower fifteen years older than herself with three surviving children. She assumes that her task in life will be to cheer and encourage her husband and be a loving stepmother to his children. However she quickly finds additional tasks and formidable obstacles… Yonge had become famous for her portrayals of invalids, and disabled characters abound in all her major novels, so we present you one of her most famous "slice of life" novels! Enjoy the reading!