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An Encore   By: (1857-1945)

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An Encore by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged read. This engaging novel takes readers on a journey through themes of love, loss, and the complexities of human relationships.

Set in the small town of Old Chester, the story revolves around the life of Mary Channing, a widow who finds herself at a crossroads in her life. After the death of her husband, Mary mourns his absence while longing for a sense of purpose. As she navigates her grief, she discovers new friendships, faces unexpected challenges, and confronts her own hidden desires.

Deland's writing stands out for its remarkable ability to delve deep into the minds and hearts of her characters. Mary is portrayed as a woman of great resilience, whose inner struggle becomes relatable and deeply moving. The author portrays her evolution in a way that is both realistic and captivating, making her a truly memorable protagonist.

Another notable aspect of this novel is Deland's skillful exploration of the dynamics between characters. The relationships she constructs are complex, nuanced, and reflect the intricacies of real-life connections. From the close bonds of friendship to the fragility of romantic relationships, Deland expertly illustrates the intricacies of human interaction.

Moreover, the author's beautiful prose transports readers to the quaint town of Old Chester, immersing them in its charm. The vivid descriptions of the landscape and the town's idiosyncrasies add depth to the story, transforming the setting into a character of its own. Deland's ability to create an immersive world enhances the overall reading experience.

While the novel's pacing may be considered slow by some, it perfectly aligns with the contemplative nature of the story. An Encore is not a book to be rushed through but rather savored, allowing readers to fully grasp the emotional depth and the beauty of Deland's narrative.

Ultimately, An Encore proves to be a heartfelt and introspective novel that leaves a lasting impression. Through her expert storytelling, Margaret Wade Campbell Deland captures the complexity of human emotions and the transformative power of navigating life's uncertainties. This novel is a testament to her exceptional talent as a writer and is deserving of its praise.

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[Illustration: [See page 4

WHEN ALFRED PRICE FELL IN LOVE WITH MISS LETTY MORRIS]

An Encore

BY

MARGARET DELAND

AUTHOR OF

"THE AWAKENING OF HELENA RICHIE" "DR. LAVENDER'S PEOPLE" "OLD CHESTER TALES" ETC. ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY ALICE BARBER STEPHENS

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS MCMVII

Copyright, 1904, 1907, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved. Published October, 1907.

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"WHEN ALFRED PRICE FELL IN LOVE WITH MISS LETTY MORRIS" Frontispiece

"THE CAPTAIN AND CYRUS WERE AFRAID OF GUSSIE" Facing p 18

"THERE WAS A LITTLE SILENCE, AND THEN DR. LAVENDER BEGAN" " 76

An Encore

According to Old Chester, to be romantic was just one shade less reprehensible than to put on airs. Captain Alfred Price, in all his seventy years, had never been guilty of putting on airs, but certainly he had something to answer for in the way of romance.

However, in the days when we children used to see him pounding up the street from the post office, reading, as he walked, a newspaper held at arm's length in front of him, he was far enough from romance... Continue reading book >>




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