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Bessie Bradford's Prize   By: (1849-1901)

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Bessie Bradford's Prize by Joanna H. Mathews is a beautiful and heartwarming tale that takes readers on a journey of perseverance, self-discovery, and the power of dreams. Set in the early 1900s, this historical fiction novel effortlessly transports readers to a small town where a young girl's determination defies societal norms and traditional expectations.

The story revolves around Bessie Bradford, a unique and spirited young woman with a strong passion for ornithology, despite the limitations imposed on women during that era. Bessie's unwavering desire to pursue her dreams and understand the world of birds leads her down an extraordinary path filled with challenges, sacrifices, and unexpected friendships.

The author's vivid descriptions and attention to detail create a mesmerizing atmosphere that allows readers to immerse themselves in Bessie's world. As Bessie embarks on her journey, we are introduced to a diverse cast of characters, each with their own hopes, fears, and complexities. From her supportive grandmother, who instills within her a sense of resilience, to her newfound friend Joseph, an aspiring artist, the relationships she forms along the way add depth and richness to the narrative.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is its exploration of gender roles and societal expectations prevalent during that time period. Through Bessie's struggles to be taken seriously as a female scientist, Mathews sheds light on the prejudice and challenges women faced in pursuing their passions and aspirations. Bessie's determination to defy societal norms serves as a touching and empowering message to readers of all ages, reminding us to never give up on our dreams, regardless of the obstacles we may encounter.

The pacing of the narrative is consistent, with a perfect balance of contemplative moments and thrilling twists that keep the reader engaged and eager to discover what lies ahead for Bessie. The author's writing style is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of Bessie's surroundings as well as her inner thoughts and emotions.

Bessie Bradford's Prize is not just a story about one girl's quest for knowledge and self-discovery; it is a testament to the importance of following our passions and embracing our true selves. Joanna H. Mathews has crafted an endearing and thought-provoking novel that will leave a lasting impact on readers. It is a tale that reminds us to cherish our dreams, fight for what we believe in, and embrace the beauty of the world around us.

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BESSIE BRADFORD'S PRIZE

The third of a series of sequels to "the Bessie books"

By Joanna H. Mathews

Illustrated by W. St. John Harper

Dedicated to my dear little friend and fellow author Elizabeth Leiper Martin ("Elsie")

With the wish that the path of authorship may have for her as many flowers and as few thorns as it has had for her friend and well wisher

J. H. M.

CONTENTS.

I. AT THE POLICEMAN'S,

II. LETTERS,

III. LENA'S SECRET,

IV. PERCY,

V. ROBBING THE MAIL,

VI. A CONFIDENCE,

VII. A BOX OF BONBONS,

VIII. "INNOCENTS ABROAD,"

IX. AN UNEXPECTED MEETING,

X. FRANKIE TO THE FRONT AGAIN,

XL A TRUST,

XII. DISCOVERY,

XIII. ACCUSATION,

XIV. WHO WINS?

CHAPTER I.

AT THE POLICEMAN'S.

"Here comes Mrs. Fleming," said Jennie Richards, in a tone indicative of anything but pleasure in the coming of Mrs. Fleming.

Mrs. Granby responded with an exclamation which savored of a like sentiment, and rising, she tossed aside the little frock she was working on, as she added:

"I don't see what she's comin' for! I didn't want her a comin' here, bringin' her mournin' an' frettin' an' lookin' out for troubles to pester you, Mary Richards, an' I told her I would be over to her place this evenin'. I did tell her, you know, I'd fit that dress for her Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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