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The First Violin

The First Violin by Jessie Fothergill
By: (1851-1891)

May Wedderburn is a quiet provincial girl, living in small and seemingly boring Skernford. Underneath the dull exterior, there is mystery, suspicion and fear in this little town, surrounding the austere local wealthy landowner who is very interested in marrying poor May. It looks as though she will have to marry him whether she likes it or not until an unsuspected alliance is formed between her and a respected old lady. They both escape to Germany where music and excitement await them.

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Author of "A March in the Ranks," Etc.





"Wonderful weather for April!" Yes, it certainty was wonderful. I fully agreed with the sentiment expressed at different periods of the day by different members of my family; but I did not follow their example and seek enjoyment out of doors pleasure in that balmy spring air. Trouble the first trouble of my life had laid her hand heavily upon me. The world felt disjointed and all upside down; I very helpless and lonely in it. I had two sisters, I had a father and a mother; but none the less was I unable to share my grief with any one of them; nay, it had been an absolute relief to me when first one and then another of them had left the house, on business or pleasure intent, and I, after watching my father go down the garden walk, and seeing the gate close after him, knew that, save for Jane, our domestic, who was caroling lustily to herself in the kitchen regions, I was alone in the house... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

May 16, 2016
The story is good, the unknown reader needs to identify herself; she's that good!! Please identify yourself so I can find anything else you may have done. BTW, your knowledge of German is commendable.
May 7, 2013
Subject: Good but ....simple
I had to look up to see when this author was born, because the writing style was close to what many period romantic authors of today write in. I felt almost at the times the piece was OVER romanticized and didn't hold a good speck of reality to it. The wording was simple, and it could prove to be an easy read. It was definitely an easy listen, but to be honest, I was not impressed with the blah-se ending.
April 16, 2013
The reader brings this tale to vivid life. A most excellent read from a reader who's too humble to give her name. From this mystery reader I would listen to anything...

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