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Lavender and Old Lace

Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed
By: (1874-1911)

“Jane Hathaway and her niece, Ruth Thorne, have never met. Jane invites Ruth for a visit, but leaves before Ruth comes. Ruth agrees to come to Jane for quiet and rest. When Ruth arrives, the maid gives her a letter from her aunt. In the letter, Aunt Jane does not tell Ruth anything about her trip abroad but insists that Ruth light an oil lamp in the attic each night. Very soon, the all together forgotten past and the steady present are united.”

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LAVENDER AND OLD LACE

By Myrtle Reed

1902

I. THE LIGHT IN THE WINDOW II. THE ATTIC. III. MISS AINSLIE IV. A GUEST V. THE RUMOURS OF THE VALLEY VI. THE GARDEN VII. THE MAN WHO HESITATES VIII. SUMMER DAYS IX. BY HUMBLE MEANS X. LOVE LETTERS XI. THE ROSE OF ALL THE WORLD XII. BRIDE AND GROOM XIII. PLANS XIV. "FOR REMEMBRANCE" XV. THE SECRET AND THE DREAM XVI. SOME ONE WHO LOVED HER XVII. DAWN

I. The Light in the Window

A rickety carriage was slowly ascending the hill, and from the place of honour on the back seat, the single passenger surveyed the country with interest and admiration. The driver of that ancient chariot was an awkward young fellow, possibly twenty five years of age, with sharp knees, large, red hands, high cheek bones, and abundant hair of a shade verging upon orange. He was not unpleasant to look upon, however, for he had a certain evident honesty, and he was disposed to be friendly to every one.

"Be you comfortable, Miss?" he asked, with apparent solicitude... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 1 review)

July 6, 2014
Listening to chapter 6 and have to quit. The reader speaks too fast and with minimal expression. There is no time to absorb the characters or what is happening. I am sorry to complain since she is a volunteer, but I cannot enjoy the author's story.


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