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One Day At Arle   By: (1849-1924)

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Frances Hodgson Burnett's masterpiece, One Day At Arle, is a heartwarming story that will captivate readers of all ages. Set in the idyllic countryside of Arle, the novel follows the journey of a young girl named Sylvia, whose life takes an unexpected turn after she moves to the quaint village.

The narrative beautifully describes the picturesque landscapes of Arle, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Burnett's vivid descriptions enable us to feel the soft breeze, smell the fresh blooming flowers, and hear the songbirds chirping, creating a serene atmosphere that provides a respite from our hectic lives.

Sylvia, the protagonist, is a charming and relatable character. As readers delve into her story, they discover her struggles and triumphs, making her journey an inspiring one. Sylvia's resilience and determination to find happiness despite facing adversity serve as a powerful message to everyone who has experienced hardship. Her growth throughout the novel is both realistic and gratifying, making her transformation a delight to witness.

The supporting characters in One Day At Arle add depth and richness to the narrative. From kind-hearted neighbors to enigmatic villagers, each character has a unique role to play in Sylvia's life. The way they interact and influence Sylvia's experiences brings a sense of authenticity to the story, reminding us of the significance of relationships and community in shaping our lives.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Burnett's writing is her ability to infuse the story with timeless themes and profound messages. The exploration of friendship, love, and the pursuit of happiness resonates with readers on a deep level. Moreover, the subtle commentary on societal norms, particularly regarding gender roles, offers readers an opportunity for introspection and reflection.

Throughout the novel, the plot unfolds with a gentle, unhurried pace that mirrors the leisurely rhythm of life in Arle. While some readers may desire a faster pace, the deliberate slow burn ultimately allows for a more immersive experience. It allows us to savor the nuances of the story, appreciate the details, and empathize with the characters on a deeper level.

In essence, One Day At Arle is a remarkable work of literature that touches the heart and uplifts the spirit. With its enchanting prose, endearing characters, and profound themes, this book is a testament to Frances Hodgson Burnett's brilliance as a storyteller. Whether you're seeking an escape to a simpler world or a reminder of life's joys and sorrows, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Copyright, 1877

One day at Arle a tiny scattered fishing hamlet on the northwestern English coast there stood at the door of one of the cottages near the shore a woman leaning against the lintel post and looking out: a woman who would have been apt to attract a stranger's eye, too a woman young and handsome. This was what a first glance would have taken in; a second would have been apt to teach more and leave a less pleasant impression. She was young enough to have been girlish, but she was not girlish in the least. Her tall, lithe, well knit figure was braced against the door post with a tense sort of strength; her handsome face was just at this time as dark and hard in expression as if she had been a woman with years of bitter life behind her; her handsome brows were knit, her lips were set; from head to foot she looked unyielding and stern of purpose.

And neither form nor face belied her. The earliest remembrances of the coast people concerning Meg Lonas had not been over pleasant ones. She had never been a favorite among them. The truth was they had half feared her, even as the silent, dogged, neglected child who used to wander up and down among the rocks and on the beach, working harder for her scant living than the oldest of them. She had never a word for them, and never satisfied their curiosity upon the subject of the treatment she received from the ill conditioned old grandfather who was her only living relative, and this last peculiarity had rendered her more unpopular than anything else would have done... Continue reading book >>

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