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A Mountain Woman   By: (1862-1935)

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A Mountain Woman by Elia Wilkinson Peattie is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the life of a strong-willed and determined woman living in the remote wilderness of the mountains. This powerful and inspiring story takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions as they navigate the highs and lows of the protagonist's life.

The book centers around the life of the eponymous mountain woman, whose resilience and courage are evident from the very beginning. The author does an excellent job of painting a vivid picture of the harsh conditions and solitude that the protagonist faces on a daily basis. Through rich descriptions and immersive storytelling, readers are able to fully immerse themselves in the harsh realities of life in the mountains.

What sets this novel apart is the way it explores themes of independence, femininity, and societal expectations. The mountain woman is a strong and determined individual who refuses to conform to societal norms. She challenges the conventional roles assigned to women during that era and instead chooses to carve her own path in life. This defiance and refusal to conform make her an incredibly inspiring character, as she proves that women are capable of so much more than what society expects from them.

Peattie's writing style is eloquent and evocative, with beautiful prose that pulls readers into every scene. Her attention to detail allows readers to truly experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the characters. The dialogue is realistic and engaging, adding depth and authenticity to the story.

One minor drawback of the novel is the occasional slow pacing that may cause some readers to lose interest. However, this is quickly remedied by the gripping plot twists and unexpected turns that keep the reader on their toes. The story is peppered with moments of tension and excitement, ensuring that the readers are never quite sure what will happen next.

Overall, A Mountain Woman is a captivating novel that offers readers a unique and powerful look into the life of a strong-willed woman defying societal norms. Peattie's prose is mesmerizing, and her characters are well-developed and compelling. This book is a must-read for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and inspiring story that challenges conventional norms.

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By Elia Wilkinson Peattie


My best Friend, and kindest Critic,

My Husband.

Transcriber's Note: I have omitted signature designations and have closed abbreviations, e.g., "do n't" becoming "don't," etc. In addition, I have made the following changes to the text:

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MOST of the tales in this little book have been printed before. "A Mountain Woman" appeared in Harper's Weekly, as did "The Three Johns" and "A Resuscitation." "Jim Lancy's Waterloo" was printed in the Cosmopolitan, "A Michigan Man" in Lippincott's, and "Up the Gulch" in Two Tales. The courtesy of these periodicals in permitting the stories to be republished is cordially acknowledged.

E. W. P.










A Mountain Woman

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