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The Opened Shutters   By: (1854-1927)

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Set in the late 19th century, Clara Louise Burnham's The Opened Shutters is a charming tale about family, love, and the awakening of a young woman. With a keen eye for detail and a graceful writing style, Burnham successfully captures the essence of the time period and brings her characters to life on the pages.

The story revolves around Anne, a sheltered and obedient daughter who lives in a small New England town. Anne's life is neatly confined to the walls of her childhood home, overshadowed by her stern father's harsh rules. However, when a tragedy strikes her family, Anne's perspective on life suddenly shifts, opening her eyes to the possibilities beyond the closed shutters of her house.

Burnham beautifully portrays Anne's transformation from a timid girl to a resilient woman, defying societal expectations and finding her own voice. Through Anne's interactions with a cast of well-developed characters, including the enigmatic artist Arthur Kemble, the kind-hearted Reverend Dimick, and her fiercely independent cousin Betty, the author explores themes of self-discovery and female empowerment.

What makes The Opened Shutters stand out is Burnham's ability to craft vivid descriptions that transport readers to the quaint New England town. From the bustling town square to the serene countryside, each setting is filled with rich architectural details and natural beauty, making the novel feel like a time capsule to the past.

Furthermore, Burnham's deep understanding of human nature shines through her characters' emotions and motivations. Anne's internal struggle to break free from societal constraints, Arthur's artistic passion and inner demons, and Betty's unwavering determination all add depth to the story and make the characters relatable and engaging.

While the pace of the novel may feel leisurely at times, Burnham's skillful storytelling and beautifully lyrical prose keep readers captivated throughout. Moreover, the subtle themes of faith and the power of love add additional layers of depth to the narrative, making it more than just a simple coming-of-age story.

In conclusion, The Opened Shutters is a delightful and thought-provoking novel that transports readers back to a bygone era. Clara Louise Burnham's vivid descriptions, well-crafted characters, and exploration of timeless themes make this a book worth reading. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a well-told tale, Burnham's novel is a true gem that will leave you pondering long after you've turned the last page.

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A Novel



By Clara Louise Burnham

THE OPENED SHUTTERS. Illustrated, 12mo, $1.50. JEWEL: A CHAPTER IN HER LIFE. Illustrated. 12mo, $1.50. JEWEL'S STORY BOOK. Illustrated, 12mo, $1.50. THE RIGHT PRINCESS. 12mo, $1.50. MISS PRITCHARD'S WEDDING TRIP. 12mo, $1.50. YOUNG MAIDS AND OLD. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. DEARLY BOUGHT. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. NO GENTLEMEN. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. A SANE LUNATIC. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. NEXT DOOR. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. THE MISTRESS OF BEECH KNOLL. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. MISS BAGG'S SECRETARY. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. DR. LATIMER. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. SWEET CLOVER. A Romance of the White City. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. THE WISE WOMAN. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. MISS ARCHER ARCHER. 16mo, $1.25. A GREAT LOVE. A Novel. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents. A WEST POINT WOOING, and Other Stories. 16mo, $1.25.



A Novel



With Frontispiece by Harrison Fisher

[Illustration: SYLVIA From a drawing by Harrison Fisher ]

Boston and New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1906

Copyright 1906 by Clara Louise Burnham All Rights Reserved

Published October 1906

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