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The Deliverance; a romance of the Virginia tobacco fields   By: (1873-1945)

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The Deliverance by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow transports readers to the picturesque landscapes of the Virginia tobacco fields, immersing them in a tale filled with love, sacrifice, and unexpected twists. Set during the early 20th century, this historical romance novel delves into the lives of two distinct families: the wealthy landowners, the Fairfaxes, and a modest farming family, the Seldens.

Glasgow expertly weaves a complex web of emotions, as the story revolves around the intricate relationships that develop within these two families. At the core of the narrative is Virginia Fairfax, a headstrong young woman who finds herself torn between her family's expectations and her own desires. As her heart yearns for independence and true love, Virginia struggles to break free from the shackles of tradition, facing numerous obstacles and societal expectations.

The character development in The Deliverance is simply exceptional. Glasgow meticulously crafts each individual, allowing readers to intimately understand their motivations, struggles, and ambitions. Virginia's journey in particular is a testament to Glasgow's ability to create strong, independent female characters who challenge societal norms of their time. Her boldness and determination to carve her own path are truly inspiring.

Moreover, Glasgow's writing style transcends mere storytelling, immersing readers in the vivid imagery of the Virginia tobacco fields. The picturesque landscapes come alive in her words, enveloping the readers in a sensory experience. From the scent of tobacco leaves to the golden hues of the setting sun, Glasgow's descriptions effortlessly transport readers to a bygone era.

One of the most captivating aspects of The Deliverance is Glasgow's ability to intertwine historical events seamlessly into the narrative. Through her meticulous research, she blends historical accuracy with the personal lives of her characters, creating a rich tapestry that further immerses readers in the vivid world of the novel. The social and political context of the time, particularly regarding the tobacco industry, serves as a compelling backdrop for this sweeping romance.

However, while The Deliverance is a beautifully written and engaging novel, it may not appeal to readers who prefer faster-paced narrative arcs. The plot unfolds at a leisurely pace, allowing readers to savor each moment and fully appreciate the intricate details of the characters' lives. This deliberate pacing may deter those seeking a more action-oriented read.

In conclusion, The Deliverance is an exquisite novel that seamlessly blends history, romance, and stunning imagery. Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow's captivating storytelling and well-developed characters make this a compelling read for fans of historical romance. With its lush descriptions and poignant themes of love and self-discovery, The Deliverance is a testament to Glasgow's talent as a writer.

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Ellen Glasgow



BOOK I. The Inheritance


I. The Man in the Field

II. The Owner of Blake Hall

III. Showing That a Little Culture Entails Great Care

IV. Of Human Nature in the Raw State

V. The Wreck of the Blakes

VI. Carraway Plays Courtier

VII. In Which a Stand Is Made

VIII. Treats of a Passion That Is Not Love

IX. Cynthia X. Sentimental and Otherwise

BOOK II. The Temptation

I. The Romance That Might Have Been

II. The Romance That Was

III. Fletcher's Move and Christopher's Counterstroke

IV. A Gallant Deed That Leads to Evil

V. The Glimpse of a Bride

VI. Shows Fletcher in a New Light

VII. In Which Hero and Villain Appear as One

VIII. Between the Devil and the Deep Sea

IX. As the Twig Is Bent

X. Powers of Darkness

BOOK III. The Revenge

I. In Which Tobacco Is Hero

II. Between Christopher and Will

III. Mrs. Blake Speaks Her Mind on Several Matters

IV. In Which Christopher Hesitates

V. The Happiness of Tucker

VI. The Wages of Folly

VII. The Toss of a Coin

VIII. In Which Christopher Triumphs

BOOK IV. The Awakening

I. The Unforeseen

II. Maria Returns to the Hall

III. The Day Afterward

IV. The Meeting in the Night

V. Maria Stands on Christopher's Ground

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