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Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife   By: (1836-1926)

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Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife is a captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling adventure across the globe. Written by Marietta Holley, this book tells the story of Samantha Allen, affectionately known as Josiah Allen's wife, as she embarks on an extraordinary journey.

From the very beginning, readers are introduced to Samantha's vibrant personality and her insatiable curiosity about the world. When her husband, the practical and skeptical Josiah Allen, is granted a trip around the world as compensation for a grievous event, Samantha seizes the opportunity to join him, determined to expand her horizons and experience the wonders of different cultures firsthand.

Holley's writing style is delightful and engaging, effortlessly capturing Samantha's unique voice and injecting humor into each page. The author masterfully balances lighthearted anecdotes with insightful observations, creating a compelling narrative that keeps readers entertained from start to finish. Samantha's "unconventional" way of expressing herself adds depth to the story, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of her character and motives.

Throughout the book, Holley skillfully navigates various countries and cultures, providing vivid descriptions that transport readers to exotic locations like Egypt, India, and China. The author's meticulous research is evident, as she accurately portrays different customs, traditions, and societal norms. This attention to detail lends an air of authenticity to the story, making the reader feel as if they are embarking on this whirlwind adventure alongside Samantha and Josiah.

The exploration of Samantha's personal growth forms the heart of the narrative, as she confronts her own fears, prejudices, and assumptions along the way. As she encounters different people and cultures, Samantha begins to question her preconceived notions, gradually developing a broader perspective that challenges her conservative beliefs. This journey of self-discovery is beautifully crafted, allowing readers to empathize with Samantha's struggles and ultimately celebrate her transformation.

One of the standout elements of Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife is the author's portrayal of the complex relationship between Samantha and Josiah. While the two characters initially appear to be complete opposites, their love and deep understanding of each other become increasingly evident as the story unfolds. Holley skillfully weaves their dynamic into the narrative, illustrating the strength and resilience of their bond.

Overall, Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife is an enchanting and thought-provoking novel that transports readers to distant lands, while simultaneously exploring the human spirit and its capacity for growth. Marietta Holley's exceptional storytelling, vivid descriptions, and lovable characters make this book an absolute must-read for anyone seeking an enthralling journey across the world and within oneself.

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Transcriber's Note:

Archaic and variable spelling, as well as inconsistency in hyphenation, has been preserved as printed in the original book.

[Illustration: "Oh, Josiah," sez I, "what a sight!" Frontispiece . Page 125.]






Author of "Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition," "My Opinion and Betsey Bobbets'," "Samantha at Saratoga," "Samantha at the World's Fair," Etc.






Copyright, 1899, 1900 and 1905, by Marietta Holley.

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England.

(Issued September, 1905.)

Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife.

J. J. Little & Ives Co.

New York



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