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At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice is a story that effortlessly transports its readers to the highs and lows of a romantic journey. Set in the early 1900s, Garvice skillfully weaves together a tale of love, sacrifice, and undeniable passion.

The book follows the lives of two central characters, Grace and Arthur, who come from entirely different backgrounds. Grace is a young and spirited orphan, trying to make ends meet by working as a governess. On the other hand, Arthur is a wealthy aristocrat, burdened by family expectations. Despite their divergent paths, destiny brings them together, taking the readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Garvice's writing style is captivating and manages to hold your attention from the very first page. The author masterfully builds up the tension, making it difficult to put the book down. Each chapter brings new twists and turns, adding layers to the complex love story. The dialogue is engaging, and the romantic exchanges between Grace and Arthur are undeniably heartwarming.

Aside from its captivating plot, At Love's Cost also explores important themes such as social class, societal expectations, and the sacrifices one is willing to make for love. Garvice adeptly depicts the challenges faced by Grace and Arthur as they navigate the complexities of their relationship, highlighting the importance of empathy and understanding.

Moreover, the author's attention to detail when describing the settings adds an enchanting quality to the narrative. From the picturesque countryside to the opulent ballrooms, Garvice's vivid descriptions transport the readers right into the heart of each scene, making them feel like voyeurs in the characters' lives.

One minor criticism that can be attributed to At Love's Cost is the predictable nature of some plot turns. While the story holds its own and offers many surprises, there are instances where the outcomes become somewhat foreseeable. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall reading experience, as the engaging characters and emotional depth more than compensate for these occasional moments.

In conclusion, At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice is a delightful, emotionally-driven novel that captures the essence of romance during a time of societal constraints. It beautifully portrays the power of love and the lengths to which individuals will go to fight for their happiness. With its well-crafted plot, captivating characters, and enchanting settings, this book is sure to captivate any reader seeking a heartfelt romance.

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"Until this moment I have never fully realised how great an ass a man can be. When I think that this morning I scurried through what might have been a decent breakfast, left my comfortable diggings, and was cooped up in a train for seven hours, that I am now driving in a pelting rain through, so far as I can see for the mist, what appears to be a howling wilderness, I ask myself if I am still in possession of my senses. I ask myself why I should commit such lurid folly. Last night I was sitting over the fire with a book for it was cold, though not so cold as this," the speaker shivered and dragged the collar of his overcoat still higher "at peace with all the world, with Omar purring placidly by my side, and my soul wrapped in that serenity which belongs to a man who has long since rid himself of that inconvenient appendage a conscience, and has hit upon the right brand of cigarettes, and now "

He paused to sigh, to groan indeed, and shifted himself uneasily in the well padded seat of the luxurious mail phaeton.

"When Williams brought me your note, vilely written were you sober, Stafford? blandly asking me to join you in this mad business, I smiled to myself as I pitched the note on the fire. Omar smiled too, the very cigarette smiled... Continue reading book >>

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