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Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance by H. Lovett Cameron is a captivating tale set in the late 19th century that explores themes of love, sacrifice, and societal expectations. The novel follows the life of Vera Nevill, a strong-willed and independent young woman who finds herself caught between the conventions of her time and her desire for personal freedom.

The book begins with Vera living a seemingly idyllic life in a small village, where she is adored by many and engaged to a respectable young man. However, as the story unfolds, we discover that appearances can be deceiving, and Vera's inner turmoil becomes increasingly evident. Struggling between duty and her own ambitions, Vera is faced with many difficult decisions, often having to choose between her own happiness and the expectations placed upon her by society.

Cameron's writing style is eloquent and poetic, drawing the reader into the vividly described settings and the complex emotions of the characters. He expertly weaves together various storylines, introducing a rich cast of supporting characters who each have their own motivations and aspirations. From Vera's steadfast friend to her ambitious suitor, the secondary characters add depth and complexity to the narrative, elevating it beyond a simple love story.

One of the most compelling aspects of the novel is its exploration of the role of women in society during that time. Vera, as a protagonist, challenges the status quo by daring to dream beyond societal expectations and resisting the limitations imposed on her gender. Her journey is marked by both triumphs and setbacks, and the reader cannot help but root for her as she navigates the treacherous waters of societal norms.

Furthermore, the themes of sacrifice and duty are delicately explored through various characters, presenting readers with thought-provoking questions about the price one must pay for societal acceptance. Cameron highlights how individual desires can clash with societal expectations, and how the pursuit of personal happiness can sometimes come at a great cost.

While the story moves at a leisurely pace during certain moments, it is ultimately this deliberate pacing that allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the world of Vera Nevill. Cameron's attention to detail and his ability to capture the intricacies of human emotions make the book a deeply satisfying read.

Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance is a thought-provoking and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of love, societal expectations, and personal freedom. H. Lovett Cameron's storytelling prowess shines through, making it a must-read for fans of historical fiction and those interested in examining the roles of women in the past.

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Author of "Pure Gold," "In a Grass Country," etc., etc.


"No. Vain, alas! th' endeavour From bonds so sweet to sever. Poor Wisdom's Chance Against a glance Is now as weak as ever."

Moore's Melodies .


CHAPTER I. The Vicar's Family

CHAPTER II. Kynaston Hall

CHAPTER III. Fanning Dead Ashes

CHAPTER IV. The Lay Rector

CHAPTER V. "Little Pitchers"

CHAPTER VI. A Soirée at Walpole Lodge

CHAPTER VII. Evening Reveries

CHAPTER VIII. The Member for Meadowshire


CHAPTER X. A Meeting on the Stairs

CHAPTER XI. An Idle Morning

CHAPTER XII. The Meet at Shadonake

CHAPTER XIII. Peacock's Feathers

CHAPTER XIV. Her Wedding Dress

CHAPTER XV. Vera's Message

CHAPTER XVI. "Poor Wisdom"

CHAPTER XVII. An Unlucky Love Letter

CHAPTER XVIII. Lady Kynaston's Plans

CHAPTER XIX. What She Waited For

CHAPTER XX... Continue reading book >>

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