A Peep Behind the Scenes

by Mrs. O.F. Walton
264 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Kitti Kat

Great moral lessons, an excellent family read-aloud.


Rosalie Joyce, as a young child, works for her father in his traveling theater. Her mother is very ill, her apathetic father is hardly in the picture at all. When a stranger gives Rosalie a picture of Jesus holding a little lamb, it provokes remorse in her mother's heart, as well as her own, and their lives change in ways they didn't think possible.


An indecent relationship between Rosalie's father and another woman is hinted at, but only a teen or adult will understand the innuendo.

Spiritual Content

Salvation's plan is clearly laid out. The fate of those who reject is also made clear. Scripture is frequently quoted.


A man uses harsh words to his wife. A horse is whipped. A girl mentions her that her mistress whipped her.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Augustus Joyce drinks, but it is looked upon as an abhorrent practice, is only mentioned once, and is the cause of his demise.

Sexual Content

Extremely minor innuendo is used to refer to an inappropriate relationship between Mr. Joyce and the woman who owns the boarding house.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Whenever a person curses, it is said, as an example, "he uttered an oath", "cursed" or "swore".


A great story of redemption, Christ's love, and the consequences of rebellion. This is a fun story, so when you are reading it, it doesn't feel like your being "preached at".

Fun Score: 3
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

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