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Allison Bain, or, By a Way she knew not   By: (1821-1897)

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Allison Bain, or, By a Way she knew not by Margaret M. Robertson is an enchanting tale that sweeps readers back to a time of innocence and self-discovery. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, this novel gracefully explores themes of love, loss, and the pursuit of individuality.

The story follows the life of Allison Bain, a young and spirited girl who, despite her humble origins, possesses a remarkable gift for storytelling. As she grows older, Allison embarks on a journey of self-discovery, seeking to find her place in a world that often restricts the aspirations of women. Through her unique ability to captivate through words, Allison’s talent transcends societal boundaries, attracting the attention of influential figures who recognize her rare gift.

Robertson's writing style is immersive, transporting readers to the picturesque landscapes of Scotland with her vivid descriptions and rich, atmospheric storytelling. From the mist-covered hills to the quaint villages, every detail is meticulously painted, ensuring an engrossing reading experience throughout.

The depth of character development is another standout aspect of this novel. Allison Bain is a relatable and inspiring protagonist, with her determination and unwavering spirit serving as a beacon of hope for readers. The supporting characters, both friends and foes, are equally well-crafted, adding layers of complexity to the narrative and providing a nuanced portrayal of the society in which Allison navigates.

Moreover, the exploration of societal norms and gender expectations during the time period adds depth and substance to the plot. Robertson delicately delves into the struggles faced by women who sought to challenge the status quo, highlighting the importance of individuality and the pursuit of dreams.

The plot unfolds at a steady pace, incorporating unexpected twists and turns that keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Robertson expertly weaves together various storylines, ensuring a seamless and satisfying resolution by the final pages.

Allison Bain, or, By a Way she knew not is a literary gem that celebrates the power of storytelling, the resilience of the human spirit, and the triumph over adversity. Margaret M. Robertson has crafted a compelling and immersive narrative that lingers in the mind long after the final chapter. Readers seeking a captivating historical fiction novel with a strong female protagonist will find themselves thoroughly enchanted by this exquisite tale.

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Allison Bain, by Margaret Murray Robertson.

For many people this will be a very difficult book to read. In the first place most of the cast speak with a strong Scottish dialect, which you could find very difficult to get used to. In the second place there is a strong brand of Scottish Protestantism colouring practically every conversation. And in the third place the book could probably be placed fairly in the genre of "psychological novel," in which people talk a lot but don't do much else.

You can certainly make an audiobook of it, but you will need your strongest concentration to follow what is happening. Don't listen to it while driving your car it is far too demanding for that!

ALLISON BAIN, BY MARGARET MURRAY ROBERTSON.

CHAPTER ONE.

"Was she wrong? Is it wrong in the bird to escape from the snare of the fowler? Is it wrong in the hunted deer to flee to the screening thicket?"

Mr Hadden was standing at the open door of the manse, waiting patiently, while his housekeeper adjusted his grey plaid on his shoulders in preparation for a long ride over the hills. His faithful Barbara was doing her part protesting, but she was doing it carefully and well... Continue reading book >>




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