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The Gorgeous Isle A Romance; Scene: Nevis, B.W.I. 1842   By: (1857-1948)

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In "The Gorgeous Isle A Romance; Scene: Nevis, B.W.I. 1842," Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton takes readers on a captivating journey to the beautiful island of Nevis in the West Indies during the mid-19th century. With her eloquent prose and meticulous attention to detail, Atherton skillfully paints a vivid picture of the enchanting landscape, rich history, and complex societal dynamics of the time.

The story centers around a young and spirited heroine, whose name is intentionally left undisclosed, as if inviting the readers to step into her shoes and experience the magic firsthand. This mysterious protagonist finds herself torn between the allure of the island and its vibrant culture, and her own desires for independence and adventure. Tensions arise as she navigates through the rigid rules of society and her conflicting emotions, deepening the internal and external conflicts that drive the narrative forward.

One aspect that stands out in Atherton's storytelling is her ability to transport readers to Nevis and make them feel the heat of the tropical sun, the scent of exotic flowers, and the rhythm of the ocean waves. Her descriptions are vivid and evocative, painting a vivid backdrop against which the characters' lives play out. The author's portrayal of the island's culture and its blend of African, European, and indigenous influences highlights her rich research and attention to historical accuracy.

In addition to its breathtaking setting, "The Gorgeous Isle" also delves into complex themes such as race, class, and gender roles. Atherton skillfully explores the dynamics between the island's diverse inhabitants, examining the tensions and conflicts that arise from the fusion of different cultures and their interactions. Through her characters, she challenges the prevailing societal norms of the time and subtly addresses the injustices that existed in such a volatile era.

While the narrative skillfully combines elements of romance and adventure, it occasionally feels burdened by lengthy descriptions and a slower pace. Some readers may crave a faster tempo, but those who appreciate a more atmospheric and immersive reading experience will be enthralled by Atherton's vivid storytelling.

"The Gorgeous Isle A Romance; Scene: Nevis, B.W.I. 1842" is a beautifully written novel that will transport readers to a bygone era and immerse them in a world of love, intrigue, and societal complexity. Atherton's masterful storytelling, combined with her meticulous research, make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction. Whether you are captivated by the allure of the West Indies or fascinated by the intricate workings of society, this novel is sure to leave an indelible mark on your literary journey.

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A Romance

Scene: Nevis, B. W. I., 1842

Illustrated by C. Coles Phillips

New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1908

Copyright, 1908, by The Ess Ess Publishing Company

Copyright, 1908, by Gertrude Atherton Published, October, 1908

All Rights Reserved, Including That of Translation into Foreign Languages, Including the Scandinavian

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