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For Woman's Love   By: (1819-1899)

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For Woman's Love by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth is a compelling novel that delves into the complexities of love, identity, and society's expectations. Set in the mid-19th century, the book follows the journey of two young women, Edith Percival and Helen Montressor, whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

Southworth's vivid storytelling vividly transports the reader to a time when societal conventions dictated every aspect of a person's life, particularly for women. Through the eyes of Edith and Helen, the author explores themes of love, friendship, loyalty, and personal freedom. The characters' struggles against societal pressures and their internal conflicts make them relatable and endearing.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the novel is Southworth's ability to create complex and multi-dimensional female characters. Edith, the protagonist, possesses a strong will and determination, seeking to break free from the constraints of her conservative upbringing. Helen, on the other hand, embodies a conflicted soul torn between her deep affection for Edith and the societal expectations placed upon her.

The narrative unfolds at a steady pace, keeping the readers engaged and curious about the outcome of the characters' journeys. Southworth weaves a compelling web of secrets, unexpected alliances, and heart-wrenching revelations that keep the plot unpredictable and captivating.

The author's portrayal of love is a central theme throughout the book. From romantic relationships to familial bonds and friendships, Southworth explores the various ways love can both empower and constrain individuals. Through Edith and Helen's experiences, For Woman's Love reminds us of the sacrifices and challenges women faced in pursuing their hearts' desires.

Additionally, Southworth's depiction of the era's social dynamics adds depth to the overall narrative. The reader gains insights into the gendered expectations of the time, the struggles faced by women, and the limitations imposed by societal norms. This historical context not only enriches the story but also encourages reflection on the progress society has made since then.

However, some readers might find the style of writing and dialogue a tad outdated, as it reflects the vernacular of its time. Nevertheless, this does not detract from the novel's ability to immerse the reader in the world Southworth has created.

In conclusion, For Woman's Love is a captivating novel that explores themes of love, identity, and societal constraints in a compelling historical setting. Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth's masterful storytelling skills create a riveting narrative that keeps the reader invested until the very end. Despite its publication over a century ago, this book remains relevant in its exploration of timeless human emotions and the pursuit of personal freedom.

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A Novel



Author of "The Hidden Hand," "Only a Girl's Heart," "Unknown," "The Lost Lady of Lone," "Nearest and Dearest," etc.

New York and London Street & Smith, Publishers




"I remember Regulas Rothsay or Rule, as we used to call him when he was a little bit of a fellow hardly up to my knee, running about bare footed and doing odd jobs round the foundry. Ah! and now he is elected governor of this State by the biggest majority ever heard of, and engaged to be married to the finest young lady in the country, with the full consent of all her proud relations. To be married to day and to be inaugurated to morrow, and he only thirty two years old this blessed seventh of June!"

The speaker, a hale man of sixty years, with a bald head, a sharp face, a ruddy complexion, and a figure as twisted as a yew tree, and about as tough, was Silas Marwig, one of the foremen of the foundry.

"Well, I don't believe Regulas Rothsay would ever have risen to his present position if it had not been for his love of Corona Haught. No more do I believe that Old Rockharrt would ever have allowed his beautiful granddaughter to be engaged to Rothsay if the young man had not been elected governor," observed a stout, florid faced matron of fifty five... Continue reading book >>

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