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A Fool for Love   By: (1856-1930)

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In A Fool for Love by Francis Lynde, readers are transported into a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and redemption. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Wild West, this novel takes us on a thrilling journey that explores the intricacies of human relationships and the lengths one is willing to go for love.

The story revolves around the protagonist, a courageous and determined young woman named Elsie Thornton. As the daughter of a wealthy rancher, Elsie's life seems perfect, until she falls hopelessly in love with a dashing, yet enigmatic cowboy named Guy Ranger. Despite warnings from her family and friends about Guy's troubled past, Elsie cannot resist her growing affection for him.

Lynde skillfully weaves a tale of passion and betrayal as Elsie delves deeper into her relationship with Guy. The author's masterful storytelling captures the essence of the Wild West, with vivid descriptions of the rugged landscapes and the dangers that lurk within.

One of the highlights of this book is the multifaceted characterization. Elsie's internal struggle between her love for Guy and her family's disapproval creates a sense of tension that keeps readers engrossed. Guy's mysterious past adds an air of intrigue, making him an incredibly intriguing and complex character. The supporting cast, including Elsie's protective father and loyal best friend, provide depth and contrast to the story, further enhancing its realism.

Lynde's prose is elegant yet accessible, painting a vivid picture of the Wild West that captivates the reader from the very first page. His attention to detail is commendable, allowing readers to vividly experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of the era. Furthermore, the author's ability to develop and sustain suspense throughout the narrative guarantees a thrilling and unpredictable read.

While A Fool for Love is primarily a romance novel, it manages to transcend the genre with its exploration of complex themes such as forgiveness, redemption, and the consequences of one's choices. Lynde invites readers to reflect on the power of love and its ability to transform even the most hardened hearts.

Overall, A Fool for Love is a captivating and emotionally charged novel that will leave readers deeply moved. Lynde's masterful storytelling and well-crafted characters make for an engaging read, filled with memorable moments and thought-provoking reflections. It is a testament to the enduring power of love and the myriad of emotions it can evoke.

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By Francis Lynde

Author of "The Grafters," "The Master of Appleby," etc.


I In Which We Take Passage on the Limited II In Which an Engine is Switched III In Which an Itinerary is Changed IV The Crystalline Altitudes V The Landslide VI The Rajah Gives an Order VII The Majesty of the Law VIII The Greeks Bringing Gifts IX The Block Signal X Spiked Switches XI The Right of Way


It was a December morning, the Missouri December of mild temperatures and saturated skies, and the Chicago and Alton's fast train, dripping from the rush through the wet night, had steamed briskly to its terminal track in the Union Station at Kansas City.

Two men, one smoking a short pipe and the other snapping the ash from a scented cigarette, stood aloof from the hurrying throngs on the platform, looking on with the measured interest of those who are in a melee but not of it.

"More delay," said the cigarettist, glancing at his watch. "We are over an hour late now. Do we get any of it back on the run to Denver?"

The pipe smoker shook his head.

"Hardly, I should say. The Limited is a pretty heavy train to pick up lost time. But it won't make any particular difference. The western connections all wait for the Limited, and we shall reach the seat of war to morrow night, according to the Boston itinerary... Continue reading book >>

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