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David Dunne: A Romance of the Middle West by Belle Kanaris Maniates is a captivating story set in the early 20th century that explores themes of love, sacrifice, and personal growth. The author skillfully paints a vivid picture of life in the American Midwest, giving readers a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of a bygone era.

Set against the backdrop of a small midwestern town, the story follows the life of David Dunne, a young man on a quest to find his true purpose. As David embarks on his journey, he encounters a cast of intriguing characters who shape his destiny in unexpected ways. From his overbearing father to the enigmatic Caroline, each person he encounters presents unique challenges and opportunities for growth.

Maniates deftly weaves together elements of romance, mystery, and personal development to create a multi-layered narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. The author's descriptive prose transports readers to the heartland of America, immersing them in the beauty and hardships of the time period. The story unfolds at a steady pace, with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing and invested in David's fate.

One of the strengths of this novel is Maniates' ability to develop complex and relatable characters. David Dunne, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story, leaving readers rooting for his personal growth and happiness. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn, each with their own motivations and desires that add depth to the overall narrative.

Furthermore, the author's exploration of gender dynamics and societal expectations in the early 20th century adds an additional layer of depth to the story. Maniates raises thought-provoking questions about the limitations faced by women during this time and examines the potential consequences of defying societal norms.

However, despite its many strengths, the novel occasionally suffers from pacing issues, particularly in the middle section. Some scenes could have been trimmed or rearranged to maintain a more consistent momentum throughout. Additionally, certain plot points could benefit from further exploration and development, helping to create a more well-rounded and satisfying conclusion.

Overall, David Dunne: A Romance of the Middle West is a compelling novel that delves into the intricacies of love, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness. Belle Kanaris Maniates delivers a captivating story with well-crafted characters and an immersive setting, making this book a delightful read for fans of historical fiction and romance. Despite minor pacing and plot development issues, it is a tale that will resonate with readers on many levels and leave them reflecting on the power of personal growth and the choices we make in life.

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A Romance of the Middle West



With illustrations by John Drew

[Illustration: " He stood as if at bay, his face pale, his eyes riveted on those floating banners " Page 218]

Rand McNally & Company Chicago New York

Copyright, 1912, by Rand, McNally & Company

To Milly and Gardner


" He stood as if at bay, his face pale, his eyes riveted on those floating banners " Frontispiece


"' Dave's little gal! '" 11

" With proudly protective air, David walked beside the stiffly starched little girl " 42

" David's friends were surprised to receive an off hand invitation from him to 'drop in for a little country spread' " 148

" He kept his word. Jud was cleared " 158

" It was a relief to find Carey alone " 224

" 'Carey, will you make the dream a reality?' " 238

[Illustration: "' Dave's little gal! '"]



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