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Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph Crosby Lincoln

Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph Crosby Lincoln is a delightful and heartwarming tale that immerses readers in the idyllic and charming world of Cape Cod. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows the life of a compassionate sea captain, Captain Elihu Warren, fondly called Cap'n Warren, as he takes on the responsibility of raising two orphaned siblings, Joseph and Ruth.

The novel beautifully captures the essence of life in a small coastal town, where the rhythm of daily chores, community gatherings, and the grandeur of the sea shape the lives of its inhabitants. Lincoln's vivid descriptions effortlessly transport readers to this quaint and atmospheric setting, evoking a deep sense of nostalgia for simpler times.

As the narrative unfolds, we witness the enduring bond that develops between Cap'n Warren and his two young wards. The author skillfully portrays the central characters, each with their distinct personalities and struggles. Cap'n Warren's kindness and wisdom guide Joseph and Ruth through the challenges they face, while they, in turn, bring a renewed sense of purpose, joy, and love to his life. The interactions between these characters are heartrending, often accompanied by poignant moments of self-discovery and personal growth.

One of the strengths of Cap'n Warren's Wards is the author's ability to weave together various subplots seamlessly. Each secondary character, from the lovable eccentric Aunt Lavinia to the mischievous young Eben Salters, plays a significant role in the lives of the main characters, adding depth and richness to the overall narrative. Lincoln successfully captures the nuances of human relationships, emphasizing the importance of community, friendship, and the enduring power of love.

Furthermore, the novel explores themes of resilience, determination, and the ability to find beauty in simplicity. Cap'n Warren's unwavering commitment to the well-being of his wards, despite the challenges he faces, is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of selflessness.

Joseph Crosby Lincoln's writing style is graceful and evocative, painting vivid mental pictures while maintaining a steady and engaging pace. His use of Cape Cod dialect adds authenticity to the narrative, immersing readers in the cultural nuances of the region and further enhancing the sense of place.

In conclusion, Cap'n Warren's Wards is a heartwarming and engaging tale that beautifully captures the essence of Cape Cod life and the enduring power of love and community. The well-developed characters, picturesque setting, and emotionally resonant storytelling make this book an absolute delight to read. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, coming-of-age stories, or simply appreciate a well-crafted and immersive narrative, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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By Joseph C. Lincoln

Author of "The Depot Master," "The Woman Haters," "The Postmaster," "Cap'n Erie," "Mr. Pratt," etc.




Published October, 1911

Printed in the United States of America

[Illustration: "Captain Warren had risen from his chair and was facing her." [Page 48]]



"Ostable!" screamed the brakeman, opening the car door and yelling his loudest, so as to be heard above the rattle of the train and the shriek of the wind; "Ostable!"

The brakeman's cap was soaked through, his hair was plastered down on his forehead, and, in the yellow light from the car lamps, his wet nose glistened as if varnished. Over his shoulders the shiny ropes of rain whipped and lashed across the space between the cars. The windows streamed as each succeeding gust flung its miniature freshet against them.

The passengers in the car there were but four of them did not seem greatly interested in the brakeman's announcement. The red faced person in the seat nearest the rear slept soundly, as he had done for the last hour and a half. He had boarded the train at Brockton, and, after requesting the conductor not to "lemme me git by Bayport, Bill," at first favored his fellow travelers with a song and then sank into slumber... Continue reading book >>

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