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An Old Chester Secret   By: (1857-1945)

An Old Chester Secret by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

In "An Old Chester Secret" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland, the reader is transported to a small town filled with charm, mystery, and a hidden secret waiting to be revealed. Set in the picturesque town of Old Chester, this novel invites readers on a captivating journey through the lives of its inhabitants and the intrigue that surrounds them.

Deland masterfully interweaves various storylines, each providing a unique perspective on the central secret. The rich character development draws readers in, making them feel as if they are part of the community, witnessing its secrets firsthand. From the enigmatic Miss Deborah, the wise and witty protagonist, to the eclectic townsfolk with their own carefully guarded secrets, each character adds depth and authenticity to the narrative.

What sets this novel apart is Deland's ability to create a palpable sense of place. With vivid descriptions of Old Chester's quaint streets, charming houses, and stunning landscapes, the reader is fully immersed in the town's ambiance. The author's attention to detail transports readers to a different era, evoking a nostalgic atmosphere that adds depth to the story.

The narrative builds steadily, instilling a sense of anticipation and urgency in the reader. Through cleverly constructed plot twists and revelations, Deland expertly keeps readers engaged and guessing until the very end. The secret, when finally unveiled, is both satisfying and unexpected, truly showcasing the writer's storytelling prowess.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its exploration of human nature and the consequences of secrets. Deland brilliantly captures the complex emotions and motivations of her characters, forcing readers to ponder their own hidden truths. The nuanced portrayal of relationships, trust, and the power of honesty adds another layer of depth to an already compelling narrative.

While "An Old Chester Secret" is undoubtedly an enjoyable read, there are moments when the pacing feels slightly uneven. Some sections may feel slower than others, but patience is rewarded as these seemingly slower moments contribute to the overall sense of mystery and anticipation.

In conclusion, Margaret Wade Campbell Deland's "An Old Chester Secret" is a captivating novel that skillfully combines mystery, nostalgia, and human drama. The author's masterful storytelling, rich character development, and evocative descriptions bring Old Chester to life. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and those who appreciate a well-crafted tale that keeps them guessing until the very end.

First Page:

AN OLD CHESTER SECRET

[Illustration]

BOOKS BY

MARGARET DELAND

AN OLD CHESTER SECRET THE PROMISES OF ALICE THE AWAKENING OF HELENA RICHIE THE RISING TIDE AROUND OLD CHESTER THE HANDS OF ESAU OLD CHESTER TALES AN ENCORE DR. LAVENDAR'S PEOPLE PARTNERS THE IRON WOMAN THE VOICE WHERE THE LABORERS ARE FEW

HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK ESTABLISHED 1817

[Illustration: [See p. 18

"WHAT! INSULT THIS LADY BY ASKING FOR A 'PROMISE'?"]

AN OLD CHESTER SECRET

By MARGARET DELAND

Author of "OLD CHESTER TALES" "THE IRON WOMAN" "AROUND OLD CHESTER" ETC.

Illustrations by F. WALTER TAYLOR

[Illustration]

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

AN OLD CHESTER SECRET Copyright, 1920, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America Published October, 1920

To Lorin for this book, too, is his.

Kennebunkport August 12, 1920

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"WHAT! INSULT THIS LADY BY ASKING FOR A 'PROMISE'?" Frontispiece

"I WILL NOT GIVE ANY OF MY APPLES BACK... Continue reading book >>




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