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At Home with the Jardines   By: (1867-1929)

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At Home with the Jardines by Lilian Bell is a captivating tale that immerses readers in the charming world of the Jardine family. Spanning over the course of several years, this novel synergistically combines warmth, wit, and a touch of humor to deliver a truly enjoyable reading experience.

The narrative revolves around the Jardines, a close-knit family residing in a picturesque countryside. The author expertly weaves together the stories of various family members, giving us glimpses into their lives, dreams, and aspirations. By delving into their individual struggles and triumphs, Bell creates a rich tapestry of complex characters who are both relatable and endearing.

One of the most striking elements of this novel is Bell's attention to detail. The vivid descriptions not only bring the setting to life but also make the reader feel as though they are a part of the Jardines' world. From the scents of freshly baked bread to the delicate hues of blooming flowers, every scene is beautifully rendered, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the narrative.

The Jardine family dynamics are portrayed with great sensitivity and authenticity. By exploring their relationships, Bell introduces us to love, conflict, and the intimate intricacies that bind families together. Each family member is distinct and well-developed, making it effortless to become invested in their joys and sorrows.

Moreover, the author adeptly intertwines moments of humor throughout the story, adding a delightful touch. Bell demonstrates her keen understanding of human nature, effortlessly capturing the quirky idiosyncrasies and amusing incidents that often occur within the home. These lighthearted moments provide a perfect balance to the more poignant aspects of the narrative.

At Home with the Jardines not only entertains but also imparts valuable life lessons. Through the challenges faced by various family members, the story explores themes such as resilience, forgiveness, and the importance of cherishing loved ones. The reader is compelled to reflect on their own familial relationships and the significance of appreciating the small moments of joy that make up our lives.

If there is one drawback to the book, it is the occasional slower pace in certain sections. While overall well-paced, there are moments when the story meanders and lingers on seemingly insignificant details. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment, as the characters and their journeys remain engaging enough to hold the reader's interest.

In conclusion, At Home with the Jardines is a heartwarming and enchanting novel that transports readers into the heart of a loving family. Lilian Bell's exquisite storytelling and her ability to create memorable characters ensure that this book will leave a lasting impression. Whether you are seeking a poignant tale, a narrative filled with humor, or a reflection on the beauty of familial bonds, this novel is sure to captivate and delight.

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E text prepared by Al Haines

AT HOME WITH THE JARDINES

by

LILIAN BELL

Author of "Abroad with the Jimmies," "Hope Loring,", etc.

A. Wessels Company New York 1906

Copyright, 1902 by Harper & Brothers

Copyright, 1903 by the Ridgway Thayer Company

Copyright, 1904 by Ainslee Magazine Co.

Copyright, 1904 by L. C. Page & Company (Incorporated)

(All rights reserved)

TO

Dr. John Sedgwick Billings, Jr.

AND

Dr. John Clarendon Todd

WHOSE COURAGE, SKILL, AND WISDOM

SAVED A PRECIOUS LIFE

Contents

Chapter

I. MARY II. THEORIES III. ON THE SUBJECT OF JANITORS IV. THE ANGEL AND THE AGENT V. HOW WE TAMED THE COOK VI. THE BEST MAN'S STORY VII. THE PRICE OF QUIET VIII. MOVING IX. HOW BEE TRIED TO MAKE US SMART X. OUR FIRST HOUSE PARTY XI. ON THE GENTLE ART OF WASTING OTHER PEOPLE'S TIME XII. A LETTER FROM JIMMIE XIII. THE BREAKING UP OF MARY XIV. AND THEY LIVED HAPPY EVER AFTER

At Home with the Jardines

CHAPTER I

MARY

I have never dared even inquire why our best man began calling my husband the Angel. He was with us a great deal during the first months of our marriage, and he is very observing, so I decided to let sleeping dogs lie. I, too, am observing.

It is only fair to state, in justice to the best man, that I am a woman of emotional mountain peaks and dark, deep valleys, while the Angel is one vast and sunny plateau... Continue reading book >>




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