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Rich Enough a tale of the times   By: (1780-1865)

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Rich Enough: A Tale of the Times by Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee is a thought-provoking novel that immerses readers in the tumultuous world of 19th-century America. Set against the backdrop of the country's rapid industrialization and economic disparities, Lee masterfully weaves a tale of ambition, love, and betrayal.

The story follows the life of Emily Arnold, a strong-willed young woman born into a modest family in New England. As the Industrial Revolution brings prosperity and new opportunities, Emily finds herself yearning for a life beyond the confines of her small town. With determination and an innate entrepreneurial spirit, she sets out on a journey to fulfill her dreams of wealth and success.

Lee's vivid descriptions effortlessly transport readers to a time marked by opulence and social inequality. From the bustling streets of New York City to the lavish mansions of the upper class, the author creates a vivid and immersive world. Through Emily's eyes, we witness the stark contrast between the extravagance of the elite and the struggle of the working class, highlighting the profound systemic issues of the era.

One of the strengths of this novel lies in its well-developed and multidimensional characters. Emily's transformation from an ambitious young girl to a capitalist powerhouse is portrayed with depth and realism. Her internal struggle, torn between her desire for success and her moral compass, adds complexity to her character. Supporting characters, such as Emily's love interest and rivals, also enhance the narrative, providing different perspectives on the costs of upward mobility.

Furthermore, the author's exploration of gender roles and societal expectations is both relevant and timely. Emily's determination to challenge traditional gender roles and establish herself as a capable businesswoman adds another layer of depth to the story. By addressing issues of gender inequality through Emily's experiences, Lee prompts readers to reflect on the lasting effects of societal norms and biases.

While the overall narrative is engaging, the pacing of the story occasionally falters. Some sections could have benefited from tighter editing to maintain a consistent momentum. That being said, this minor drawback does not detract significantly from the novel's overall impact.

In conclusion, Rich Enough: A Tale of the Times is a captivating and evocative historical novel. Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee's portrayal of the social and economic struggles in 19th-century America, combined with compelling characters and thought-provoking themes, makes this a standout piece of literature. If you enjoy immersive historical fiction that delves into the complexities of society and human nature, this book is a must-read.

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And while they were eating and drinking, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon them.

Third Edition.


NEW YORK: SAMUEL COLMAN, No. 114 Fulton Street.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837, by WHIPPLE AND DAMRELL, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.


"Welcome," said Mr. Draper, the rich merchant, to his brother, who entered his counting room one fine spring morning. "I am truly glad to see you but what has brought you to the city, at this busy country season, when ploughing and planting are its life and sinews?"

"A motive," said Howard, smiling, "that I am sure will need no apology with you business ! I have acquired a few hundreds, which I wish to invest safely, and I want your advice."

"When you say safely, I presume you mean to include profitably."

"Ay, profitably and safely."

"I am just fitting out a ship for Canton; what do you think of investing the sum in articles of foreign merchandise?"

"I confess," said Howard, "I have great distrust of winds and waves."

"Suppose you invest it in Eastern lands? many have made fortunes in this way... Continue reading book >>

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