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At the Mercy of Tiberius   By: (1835-1909)

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At the Mercy of Tiberius by Augusta J. Evans is an intriguing and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a gripping journey through the complexities of love, duty, and betrayal. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War era in the United States, this book delves into the lives of its characters, presenting a compelling narrative that leaves a lasting impact.

The story follows the lives of the Montfort family, primarily focusing on the strong-willed and intelligent protagonist, Elsie. From the onset, Elsie captures readers' attention with her resilience, determination, and unwavering loyalty. As the daughter of a wealthy Southern plantation owner, Elsie is torn between her loyalty to her family and her own personal beliefs. Her unwavering love for family, especially her father, is tested when she falls in love with a Union Army officer, Lieutenant Murray Hilton.

Evans masterfully creates characters that are flawed yet deeply human, allowing readers to empathize with their struggles and dilemmas. Each character's internal conflicts are portrayed with great depth and complexity, making them relatable and easy to invest in emotionally. Elsie's internal struggle to reconcile her loyalty to her father and her love for Murray is highlighted throughout the book, leading to moments of heart-wrenching tension.

The historical context of the novel adds another layer of richness to the story, as it explores the societal divisions and moral dilemmas faced by the characters during a highly turbulent time in American history. Evans skillfully weaves these historical elements into the narrative, creating a vivid and immersive experience for readers. The vivid descriptions of the war-torn landscapes and the moral dilemmas faced by the characters bring depth and authenticity to the setting.

One of the strengths of At the Mercy of Tiberius lies in its exploration of the themes of honor, duty, and self-sacrifice. Through Elsie's journey, readers are forced to reflect upon the choices we make and the consequences they have not only on ourselves but also on those we love. The book examines the complexities of human emotions, highlighting the struggles we face when our personal desires conflict with our sense of duty and loyalty.

Evans' prose is elegant and poetic, painting vivid images in the reader's mind and eliciting strong emotions with her evocative descriptions. The pacing of the story is wonderfully balanced, with moments of intense action interspersed with quieter, introspective scenes. The author's attention to detail is evident throughout the book, adding depth and authenticity to the story.

While At the Mercy of Tiberius effectively explores the moral and emotional dilemmas faced by its characters, some readers might find the plot to be slightly predictable. However, this does not detract from the overall impact of the book, as its captivating characters and poignant themes make it a compelling read.

In conclusion, At the Mercy of Tiberius is a beautifully written historical novel that skillfully delves into the complexities of human emotions, morality, and the impact of war on personal relationships. Augusta J. Evans's richly developed characters and thought-provoking narrative make this book a must-read for lovers of historical fiction.

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Author of "A Speckled Bird," "Infelice," "Vashti," "Beulah," "St. Elmo," etc.

Fate steals along with silent tread, Found oftenest in what least we dread; Frowns in the storm with angry brow, But in the sunshine strikes the blow. COWPER.


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"You are obstinate and ungrateful. You would rather see me suffer and die, than bend your stubborn pride in the effort to obtain relief for me. You will not try to save me."

The thin, hysterically unsteady voice ended in a sob, and the frail wasted form of the speaker leaned forward, as if the issue of life or death hung upon an answer.

The tower clock of a neighboring church began to strike the hour of noon, and not until the echo of the last stroke had died away, was there a reply to the appeal.

"Mother, try to be just to me. My pride is for you, not for myself. I shrink from seeing my mother crawl to the feet of a man, who has disowned and spurned her; I cannot consent that she should humbly beg for rights, so unnaturally withheld. Every instinct of my nature revolts from the step you require of me, and I feel as if you held a hot iron in your hand, waiting to brand me... Continue reading book >>

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