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Mrs. Christy's Bridge Party   By: (1872-1968)

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Mrs. Christy's Bridge Party by Sara Ware Bassett is a delightful tale that takes readers back to a time of elegance and social grace. Set in a small New England town in the early 20th century, this charming novel follows Mrs. Christy, an affable and energetic widow who decides to host a bridge party at her home.

What begins as a simple gathering soon evolves into a much-anticipated event that sparks excitement and curiosity throughout the town. Mrs. Christy's warm personality and attention to detail make her the perfect hostess, and her invitations to a select group of friends and acquaintances ensure an interesting mix of personalities at the event.

Bassett has crafted a cast of characters that feel authentic and relatable, each bringing their own quirks and charms to the table. From the reserved and proper Mrs. Lawrence to the lively and flamboyant Mrs. Pemberton, the interactions and dynamics between the guests provide plenty of entertainment and intrigue.

As the bridge party progresses, secrets are unveiled, alliances are formed, and unexpected connections arise. What initially seemed like a straightforward social gathering quickly becomes a catalyst for personal discoveries and growth. Bassett's storytelling skills shine as she expertly weaves together multiple storylines, keeping readers engaged and guessing until the very end.

Furthermore, the author's attention to historical detail is commendable. Through vivid descriptions of the town, its architecture, and even the fashion of the era, readers are transported back in time and can fully immerse themselves in the setting. The passage of time is carefully illustrated, adding depth and richness to the narrative.

One of the highlights of Mrs. Christy's Bridge Party is the author's ability to depict the complex emotions and desires of the characters. From unrequited love to unspoken longing, each character's inner struggles are sensitively explored. Bassett's prose paints a vivid picture of human nature and the complexities of relationships, allowing readers to empathize and connect with the characters on a deeper level.

Overall, Mrs. Christy's Bridge Party is a captivating and heartwarming read that combines elements of romance, history, and social commentary. Sara Ware Bassett's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make this novel a joy to read. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and immerse yourself in the charming world of Mrs. Christy's Bridge Party.

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Copyright, 1907 by Sara Ware Bassett

[Illustration: "Mrs. Christy."]

Mrs. Reginald Norman walked into Sherry's and sank down at a small table with the calm assurance of one conscious of being both beautiful and perfectly gowned. There were no defects for the critical world to take up and magnify. Her gown fitted flawlessly, was built by the highest court of appeal on Parisian fashions, and suited her to perfection.

There is nothing like such a latent consciousness to impart poise to the wearer. Dainty little Ethel Danielson followed, dropping into the opposite chair.

"It was awfully nice of you to set this time for me to meet and lunch with you," said Mrs. Danielson, leisurely drawing off her long gloves. "Really, if you do not set definite hours you never see your friends at all; this last whirl before Lent has been frightful, hasn't it? I'm worn to a shred!"

"Yes, I shall be glad of a rest. You must go to things if for no other reason than to prove you are asked. I haven't seen any of my family for over a week. I saw your husband a moment or two at the Opera last night with the Goodhue Livingstons," returned Mrs. Norman, as she loosened her veil.

"Oh, did you? Poor Harry how was he? He has been having the grip or something, his valet told me a couple of days ago," answered Mrs... Continue reading book >>

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