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In Ancient Albemarle   By: (1868-)

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In Ancient Albemarle by Catherine Albertson is an expertly crafted historical fiction novel that offers a captivating glimpse into the fascinating history of Albemarle, a region in North Carolina. Through her extensive research and skillful writing, Albertson weaves together a compelling narrative that seamlessly blends fact and fiction, taking readers on a thrilling journey through time.

Set in the colonial era, the book revolves around the lives of several key characters who played pivotal roles in shaping the destiny of Albemarle. Albertson's attention to detail is commendable, as she vividly describes the landscape, culture, and societal dynamics of the period. The authenticity of the historical background enhances the overall reading experience, transporting readers to a bygone era.

One of the strongest elements of the book is its character development. Albertson crafts well-rounded, complex characters who evoke genuine emotions from readers. Each character is uniquely portrayed, with their individual struggles, hopes, and motivations. As the story unfolds, readers become deeply invested in their journeys, anxiously turning the pages to see how their paths intertwine and unfold.

Moreover, Albertson's prose is elegant and evocative, mirroring the richness and depth of the historical setting. The author's meticulous attention to detail shines through as she brings every scene to life, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and even the scents of Albemarle. The narrative flows smoothly, effortlessly transitioning between different time periods and perspectives while maintaining a strong sense of cohesion.

While In Ancient Albemarle is undeniably an engaging read, there are a few areas where the book could have been improved. At times, the pacing feels slightly uneven, with certain sections dragging on while others race by. Additionally, some readers may find the abundance of historical information overwhelming, especially if they are unfamiliar with the subject matter. However, for those with a keen interest in history, these aspects may be seen as strengths rather than weaknesses.

Overall, In Ancient Albemarle is a commendable work that expertly merges history with fiction. Catherine Albertson's exceptional storytelling skills, meticulous research, and engaging characters make this book an enthralling read for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike. By skillfully capturing the essence of the past, the author gifts readers with a remarkable tale that educates, entertains, and leaves a lasting impression.

First Page:

[Illustration: OLD FLOAT BRIDGE ACROSS THE PERQUIMANS RIVER]

IN ANCIENT ALBEMARLE

By Catherine Albertson

PUBLISHED BY THE

NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

ILLUSTRATED FROM DRAWINGS BY

MABEL PUGH

RALEIGH COMMERCIAL PRINTING COMPANY 1914

COPYRIGHT, 1914

BY

CATHERINE ALBERTSON

DEDICATION

TO

MARY HILLIARD HINTON

STATE REGENT DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

WITHOUT WHOSE AID AND ENCOURAGEMENT

THESE CHAPTERS WOULD NEVER

HAVE BEEN WRITTEN

C.A.

THE PERQUIMANS RIVER

From the Great Swamp's mysterious depths, Where wild beasts lurk and strange winds sough; From ancient forests dense and dark, Where gray moss wreathes the cypress bough; 'Mid marshes green with flowers starred, Through fens where reeds and rushes sway, Past fertile fields of waving grain, Down to the sea I take my way.

The wild swan floats upon my breast; The sea gulls to my waters sink; And stealing to my low green shores, The timid deer oft stoops to drink. The yellow jessamine's golden bells Ring on my banks their fairy chime; And tall flag lilies bow and bend, To the low music keeping time.

Between my narrow, winding banks, For many a mile I dream along 'Mid silence deep, unbroken save By rustling reed, or wild bird's song; Or murmuring of my shadowed waves Beneath the feathery cypress trees, Or pines, responsive to the breath Of winds that breathe sea memories... Continue reading book >>




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