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In the Bishop's Carriage

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Nancy 'Nance' Olden, a young and very pretty woman, is an accomplished liar and thief. Raised in a horrific orphanage, called the Cruelty by its occupants, Nance and her criminal boyfriend, Tom Dorgan, are pulling a con when the book begins. The results of their act propel Nance into a series of events that she could never have imagined. This was Miriam Michelson's first novel and it was considered a 'blockbuster' in its day. Ranked fourth on the list of bestsellers of 1904 by "Publishers Weekly," Michelson's book was a source of controversy due to the dubious ethics and morals of its heroine.

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When the thing was at its hottest, I bolted. Tom, like the darling he is (Yes, you are, old fellow, you're as precious to me as as you are to the police if they could only get their hands on you) well, Tom drew off the crowd, having passed the old gentleman's watch to me, and I made for the women's rooms.

The station was crowded, as it always is in the afternoon, and in a minute I was strolling into the big, square room, saying slowly to myself to keep me steady:

"Nancy, you're a college girl just in from Bryn Mawr to meet your papa. Just see if your hat's on straight."

I did, going up to the big glass and looking beyond my excited face to the room behind me. There sat the woman who can never nurse her baby except where everybody can see her, in a railroad station. There was the woman who's always hungry, nibbling chocolates out of a box; and the woman fallen asleep, with her hat on the side, and hairpins dropping out of her hair; and the woman who's beside herself with fear that she'll miss her train; and the woman who is taking notes about the other women's rigs... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 30, 2015
Subject: In the Bishops Carriage
A good story, though a little 'sweet' for my taste, well narrated throughout.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2014
Good read. Good reader
Reviewer: - July 10, 2013
Subject: A real find
This story is a real find. Suspense, that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a lead character that you are sorry to leave at the end of the book and excellent writing throughout. Many modern bestsellers fall short compared to this. Add the excellent and lively reading, this was a treat!
Reviewer: - March 10, 2013
Subject: Maybe a 5
Has been a while since I listened, but, I remember good characters, plenty of humor, a good mystery... thoroughly enjoyable

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