I asked my 12 year old daughter her opinion of the books. She read most of the older books and all of the newer ones. She said the stories are the same, but with easier words in the newer ones. She thinks they are beautiful books. She said that the father/daughter relationship was not a good one until later in the book series, when things get straightened out. We are definitely not a legalistic household, far from it. I have never been in that type of environment, so perhaps I am not as sensitive to (or even aware of ) this type of thing as others would be.
Her words, "These books are very, very good. Elsie is very inspiring. She teaches you that the Bible is not boring and she gives you a whole new way to look at it. And it's also a really good story that makes you cry of happiness sometimes."
My older daughter, now 22, recommended them to her in the first place. I have never read them. I just wanted to share a different perspective. I do think that I can see where Amanda is coming from with her assessment, but I don't think it had those effects in my daughter's case. As always, each child is different.