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Ruth Arnold or, the Country Cousin by Lucy Byerley is a heartwarming story that takes readers on a journey into the idyllic life of a young girl named Ruth. Set in the beautiful countryside, this book captures the essence of simplicity, family, and the joy of discovery.

As the narrative begins, we are introduced to Ruth, a bright and curious city girl who is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the countryside. The contrasting settings of the bustling city and the serene countryside provide a delightful backdrop for Ruth's transformative journey. At first, Ruth feels like a fish out of water in this new environment. However, she quickly adapts and embraces the charms of rural life.

Byerley skillfully portrays the transformation of Ruth as she becomes more acquainted with life in the countryside. The author's vivid descriptions bring the setting to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the story. Through Ruth's experiences, we witness her growth and development as she discovers the beauty of nature, forms new friendships, and learns valuable lessons about love, kindness, and acceptance.

The characters in this book are memorable and well-developed, each with their own unique personalities and quirks. Ruth's Aunt Alice and Uncle John provide a nurturing and loving environment for her, treating her as their own daughter. Their genuine care and affection for Ruth are palpable throughout the story, making readers feel a deep sense of warmth and comfort.

One of the highlights of the book is the strong emphasis on the importance of family. Ruth's bond with her relatives serves as a guiding force, offering her support, love, and guidance. The interactions between the characters are heartwarming and genuine, evoking a sense of nostalgia for simpler times.

Additionally, Byerley weaves important themes of self-discovery and personal growth into the narrative. Ruth's journey encourages readers to embrace change, step out of their comfort zones, and discover their true potential. This message resonates deeply, making the book relatable to readers of all ages.

Overall, Ruth Arnold or, the Country Cousin is a delightful and captivating read. Byerley's writing style is engaging and the story moves at a pace that keeps readers engrossed from beginning to end. Through the eyes of Ruth, readers are transported into a world of charm and enchantment, reminding us of the joys that can be found in the simple pleasures of life. This book is a beautiful testament to the enduring power of family, friendship, and the wonders of nature.

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Or, The Country Cousin



London The Religious Tract Society 56, Paternoster Row; 65, St. Paul's Churchyard and 164, Piccadilly Butler & Tanner, The Selwood Printing Works, Frome, and London.



I. A Letter

II. Talking it Over

III. Ruth's Decision

IV. The Journey

V. Cousins

VI. Stonegate

VII. A Poor Relation

VIII. Sea side Pleasures

IX. The Picnic

X. Busyborough

XI. School girl Gossip

XII. Julia's Humiliation

XIII. Hard at Work

XIV. An Adventure

XV. Examination

XVI. A Downward Step

XVII. The Prize

XVIII. So as by Fire

XIX. Living it Down

XX. Home Again


Or, The Country Cousin.



School was over, and the holidays were beginning once more, summer holidays, with all their promise of pleasure for dwellers in the country. The scent of sweet new hay was borne on the afternoon breeze, and the broad sunlight lay on fields of waving corn which would soon be ready for the sickle, and on green meadows from which the hay was being carried.

Ruth Arnold slowly wended her way home wards along the hot dusty road, turned down a shady green lane, opened a little gate and walked up the garden path; and then, instead of running indoors as usual, she sat down in the little rose covered porch and looked rather thoughtfully at the book in her hand... Continue reading book >>

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