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The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches   By: (1855-1924)

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The Treasure of Heaven by Marie Corelli is an enchanting novel that combines romance and mystery, weaving a captivating story of wealth and its effects on humanity. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Italy, Corelli's words paint a vivid picture that transports readers to a world of opulence and grandeur.

The story follows the lives of two wealthy families, the Deverellis and the Orsinis, both possessing riches that can rival the treasures of heaven. However, beneath the surface of their luxurious lifestyles lies a tale of greed, betrayal, and the consequences of materialism.

One of the strengths of Corelli's storytelling lies in her ability to create vivid and complex characters. Each individual is deeply flawed, struggling with their own desires and inner demons. The reader is drawn into the tangled web of relationships and secrets, feeling a mix of sympathy and frustration with the characters' choices.

The romance element in the novel adds an interesting layer to the story. Corelli skillfully brings together two characters from different backgrounds, highlighting the clash of social classes and the challenges faced by those who dare to transcend them. The love story is both heartwarming and tragic, with moments of tenderness and despair that tug at the reader's emotions.

The exploration of materialism and the consequences of an insatiable desire for wealth is another strong aspect of the book. Corelli delves into the corrupting influence of money, exposing the dark side of opulence and its ability to destroy lives and relationships. Through her vivid descriptions and compelling narrative, she encourages readers to reflect on their own values and question the true worth of possessions.

While the book is engrossing and thought-provoking, it does suffer from occasional pacing issues. Some sections drag on, slowing down the narrative and hindering the flow of the story. However, the overall strength of Corelli's writing and the intriguing plot make up for these minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, The Treasure of Heaven is a captivating romance novel that explores the complexities of wealth and its impact on human lives. Marie Corelli's beautifully crafted prose, memorable characters, and thought-provoking themes make it a worthwhile read for fans of both romance and social commentary.

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Illustration: Copyright 1906 By Marie Corelli Signature: Marie Corelli FROM A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN THIS YEAR BY GABELL, LONDON

The Treasure Of Heaven

A Romance Of Riches By Marie Corelli



Copyright, 1906, by DODD, MEAD & COMPANY Published, August, 1906

To Bertha 'A faithful friend is better than gold.'

Author's Note

By the special request of the Publishers, a portrait of myself, taken in the spring of this year, 1906, forms the Frontispiece to the present volume. I am somewhat reluctant to see it so placed, because it has nothing whatever to do with the story which is told in the following pages, beyond being a faithful likeness of the author who is responsible for this, and many other previous books which have had the good fortune to meet with a friendly reception from the reading public. Moreover, I am not quite able to convince myself that my pictured personality can have any interest for my readers, as it has always seemed to me that an author's real being is more disclosed in his or her work than in any portrayed presentment of mere physiognomy.

But owing to the fact that various gross, and I think I may say libellous and fictitious misrepresentations of me have been freely and unwarrantably circulated throughout Great Britain, the Colonies, and America, by certain "lower" sections of the pictorial press, which, with a zeal worthy of a better and kinder cause, have striven by this means to alienate my readers from me, it appears to my Publishers advisable that an authentic likeness of myself, as I truly am to day, should now be issued in order to prevent any further misleading of the public by fraudulent inventions... Continue reading book >>

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