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Found in the Philippines The Story of a Woman's Letters   By: (1844-1933)

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Found in the Philippines: The Story of a Woman's Letters by Charles King is a captivating and heartfelt novel that takes readers on a journey of love, loss, and hope. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Philippine islands, the book intertwines the present with the past, revealing a tale of enduring love that transcends time.

The story revolves around a young woman, Isabel, who stumbles upon a collection of letters in an old estate she inherits. As she delves into these letters, a captivating world unfolds before her eyes. The letters are written by her grandmother, Clara, during a period of immense upheaval and transformation in the Philippines. Through the raw emotions and vivid descriptions penned in these letters, Isabel gains insight into the struggles, triumphs, and sacrifices her ancestors endured.

Charles King's writing style is both eloquent and evocative, effortlessly transporting readers to the stunning landscapes and vibrant cultural tapestry of the Philippines. The vivid descriptions bring each scene to life, capturing the essence of the country's natural beauty and complex history. From the verdant rice terraces to the bustling city streets, every page immerses readers in the sights, sounds, and aromas of this tropical paradise.

Moreover, King skillfully interweaves the narrative between past and present, seamlessly shifting between Isabel's discoveries and the events described in Clara's letters. This dual narrative adds depth to the story, as readers get a firsthand glimpse into the struggles faced by the characters in both time periods. It also emphasizes the enduring nature of love and the profound impact that the actions of one generation can have on the next.

The characters in Found in the Philippines are incredibly well-developed and relatable. Isabel, in particular, undergoes a transformative journey as she uncovers her family's history. Her growth as she unravels the secrets embedded in the letters is both emotional and inspiring. Through her eyes, readers experience the joy, heartbreak, and resilience of the women in her family, connecting with their struggles and triumphs on a deeply personal level.

One of the most poignant aspects of this novel is the exploration of love and its many forms. From romantic love to familial love, and even the love for one's homeland, this book examines the power of these bonds to shape and define us. It is a reminder that love is a universal language, capable of bridging cultural and generational divides.

However, there are moments when the pacing slows down, particularly during the more introspective sections. While they contribute to character development, some readers might find them a tad too long, longing for the story to progress. Additionally, the historical information, while enriching, could be overwhelming for those seeking a purely fictional narrative.

Overall, Found in the Philippines: The Story of a Woman's Letters by Charles King is a deeply engaging novel that artfully blends history, romance, and self-discovery. Its vivid descriptions, well-drawn characters, and exploration of love make for an absorbing reading experience. Whether you have a connection to the Philippines or simply enjoy immersive storytelling, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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The Story of a Woman's Letters


GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS Eleven East Sixteenth Street New York

Copyrighted 1899, by F. Tennyson Neely.

Copyrighted 1901, by The Hobart Company.



Something unusual was going on at division headquarters. The men in the nearest regimental camps, regular and volunteer, were "lined up" along the sentry posts and silently, eagerly watching and waiting. For a week rumor had been rife that orders for a move were coming and the brigades hailed it with delight. For a month, shivering at night in the dripping, drenching fogs drifting in from the Pacific, or drilling for hours each day on the bleak slopes of the Presidio Heights, they had been praying for something to break the monotony of the routine. They were envious of the comrades who had been shipped to Manila, emulous of those who had stormed Santiago, and would have welcomed with unreasoning enthusiasm any mandate that bore promise of change of scene or duty. The afternoon was raw and chilly; the wet wind blew salt and strong from the westward sea, and the mist rolled in, thick and fleecy, hiding from view the familiar landmarks of the neighborhood and forcing a display of lamplights in the row of gaudy saloons across the street that bounded the camp ground toward the setting sun, though that invisible luminary was still an hour high and afternoon drill only just over... Continue reading book >>

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