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Affairs of State Being an Account of Certain Surprising Adventures Which Befell an American Family in the Land of Windmills   By: (1872-1962)

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Affairs of State by Burton Egbert Stevenson takes readers on an unexpected journey to the enchanting land of windmills, the Netherlands. Through the eyes of an American family, this delightful novel tells the tale of their surprising adventures and the trials they face in a foreign land.

The story revolves around the Grant family, who find themselves embarking on a trip to Europe for a much-needed change of scenery. What they anticipated as a peaceful vacation quickly transforms into a whirlwind of escapades when they arrive in the Netherlands. From the very beginning, readers are captivated by the colorful characters and the vivid descriptions of the Dutch landscape.

Stevenson effortlessly weaves together elements of mystery, romance, and humor throughout the narrative, creating a compelling and engaging read. The Grant family encounters a cast of entertaining and eccentric characters, adding flavor to the story and making the reading experience all the more enjoyable. The author's ability to bring these characters to life is truly commendable.

Moreover, affairs of State excellently captures the charm and beauty of the Netherlands. Stevenson's detailed descriptions transport readers right into the heart of the country, making them feel as if they are strolling through the picturesque streets of Amsterdam or gazing at windmills in the countryside. The author's deep appreciation for Dutch culture and his extensive research shine through in every page, adding an authentic touch to the story.

The novel also expertly balances light-hearted moments with moments of deeper emotional resonance. The Grant family's experiences in the Netherlands, both amusing and poignant, reflect the universal theme of adapting to new surroundings and finding one's place in the world. This relatability adds depth to the story, making it resonate with readers on multiple levels.

One minor criticism is that the pacing of the narrative can occasionally feel uneven. Some sections delve into lengthy descriptions, temporarily halting the momentum of the story. However, this flaw is easily overshadowed by the overall charm and uniqueness of Affairs of State.

In conclusion, Affairs of State is an enchanting novel that successfully combines adventure, humor, and romance. Burton Egbert Stevenson's vivid storytelling transports readers to the Netherlands and introduces them to endearing characters and captivating landscapes. Whether you are a fan of travel tales or simply seeking an engaging and immersive read, this book is bound to keep you entertained from start to finish.

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AFFAIRS OF STATE

Being an Account of Certain Surprising Adventures Which

Befell an American Family in the Land of Windmills

BY

BURTON E. STEVENSON

AUTHOR OF "THE MARATHON MYSTERY," "THE HOLLADAY CASE," ETC.

With Illustrations by F. VAUX WILSON

1906

TO G. H. T.:

OLD FRIEND

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE WILES OF WOMANKIND

II. THE ROLE OF GOOD ANGEL

III. DISTINGUISHED ARRIVALS AT WEET SUR MER

IV. AN ADVENTURE AND A RESCUE

V. TELLIER TAKES A HAND

VI. THE PATH GROWS CROOKED

VII. AN APPEAL FOR AID

VIII. PRIDE HAS A FALL

IX. PELLETAN'S SKELETON

X. AN INTRODUCTION AND A PROMENADE

XI. THE PRINCE GAINS AN ALLY

XII. EVENTS OF THE NIGHT

XIII. THE SECOND PROMENADE

XIV. A BEARDING OF THE LION

XV. "BE BOLD, BE BOLD"

XVI. A PRINCE AND HIS IDEALS

XVII. THE DUCHESS TO THE RESCUE

XVIII. MAN'S PERFIDY

XIX. AN AMERICAN OPINION OF EUROPEAN MORALS

XX. THE DOWAGER'S BOMBSHELL

XXI. PARDON

ILLUSTRATIONS

"EEF MONSIEUR PLEASE"

"IT WAS MY GREAT GOOD FORTUNE," SAID THE STRANGER, BOWING, "TO BE OF SERVICE TO A COMPATRIOT"

"OH!" SHE CRIED, WITH A LITTLE START, "THERE HE IS NOW, ALMOST NEAR ENOUGH TO HEAR!"

"WHAT IS IT?" SHE DEMANDED. "DON'T YOU SEE WE ARE ALL WAITING?"

AFFAIRS OF STATE

CHAPTER I

The Wiles of Womankind

Archibald Rushford, tall, lean, the embodiment of energy, stood at the window, hands in pockets, and stared disgustedly out at the dreary vista of sand dunes and bathing machines, closed in the distance by a stretch of gray sea mounting toward a horizon scarcely discernible through the drifting mist which hung above the water... Continue reading book >>




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