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'Smiles' A Rose of the Cumberlands   By: (1884-)

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"Smiles" A Rose of the Cumberlands by Eliot H. (Eliot Harlow) Robinson is a profound and thought-provoking novel that beautifully captures the essence of the Cumberlands region and its people. Set in the early 20th century, this book takes readers on a captivating journey through the lives of its vividly portrayed characters, presenting a rich tapestry of love, hardships, and the indomitable spirit of survival.

The story revolves around Rose, a young woman with an infectious smile and an unyielding determination to rise above her humble origins. Born into poverty, she faces numerous challenges but persists in her pursuit of a better life for herself and her family. Through her unwavering optimism and resilience, Rose becomes an embodiment of hope in a world often gripped by despair.

Robinson's writing style is evocative, painting vivid descriptions of the rugged landscapes and tight-knit communities of the Cumberlands. His prose effortlessly transports readers into the heart of the region, making it feel like a character in its own right. The author's deep understanding and appreciation for the people and their way of life shine through, allowing readers to form a genuine connection with the characters and their struggles.

The strength of "Smiles" lies in its authentic portrayal of the human experience. Robinson skillfully explores themes of poverty, societal prejudice, perseverance, and the power of optimism. Through Rose's story, he illuminates the power of kindness, compassion, and a positive outlook, proving that even in the face of adversity, a simple smile can offer solace and inspire profound change.

Furthermore, the characters in this novel are exquisitely developed, each with their own distinct voice and journey. From Rose's family and friends to the various colorful individuals she encounters, every character carries a unique story that contributes to the overall narrative. Robinson weaves together these stories seamlessly, presenting a compelling ensemble cast that showcases the incredible resilience and warmth of the Cumberlands' inhabitants.

While "Smiles" A Rose of the Cumberlands is a tale of hope, it also doesn't shy away from addressing the harsh realities faced by the characters. Through moments of heartbreak and loss, Robinson creates a balanced narrative that reflects the multifaceted nature of life in Appalachia. This juxtaposition of joy and sorrow adds depth and authenticity to the storytelling, leaving a lasting impact on readers.

In conclusion, "Smiles" A Rose of the Cumberlands is a beautifully written and emotionally charged novel that explores the undeniable power of optimism and the significance of human connection. Eliot H. Robinson's profound understanding of the Cumberlands region and its people shines through in his masterful storytelling and richly drawn characters. This book is a poignant reminder of the enduring strength of the human spirit and a testament to the transformative power of resilience and a simple, sincere smile.

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"SMILES": A Rose of the Cumberlands . . . $1.90

SMILING PASS: Being a Further Account of the Career of "Smiles": A Rose of the Cumberlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.90

MARK GRAY'S HERITAGE . . . . . . . . . . $1.90

THE MAID OF MIRABELLE: A Romance of Lorraine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.90

MAN PROPOSES; or, The Romance of John Alden Shaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.90

GO GET 'EM! The True Adventures of an American Aviator of the Lafayette Flying Corps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.50 By Eliot H. Robinson and Lieutenant William A. Wellman.

WITH OLD GLORY IN BERLIN; or, The Story of an American Girl's Life and Trials in Germany and Her Escape from the Huns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00 By Eliot H. Robinson and Josephine Therese.



[Illustration: "A MAN AND A WOMAN AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING" (See Page 374)]



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