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The Girl from Keller's   By: (1866-1945)

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The Girl from Keller's by Harold Bindloss is a captivating and thrilling novel set in a small town in rural England. The story follows the life of the protagonist, a young woman named Lucy, who works at Keller's, the local inn. From the very first page, the author's rich descriptions transport readers into the picturesque setting, making it easy to imagine the charming countryside and the bustling inn.

One of the strengths of this book is Bindloss's ability to create well-developed and relatable characters. Lucy is a strong and determined woman, fighting against the norms of society during a time when women's rights were limited. Her resilience and determination make her an inspiring character to follow throughout the story. The author delves into her complex emotions, bringing depth and authenticity to her journey.

The plot is fast-paced and filled with unexpected twists and turns. As Lucy gets involved in a mysterious plot surrounding the inn and its dark past, the tension keeps building, leaving readers guessing until the very end. Bindloss skillfully weaves together elements of mystery, romance, and adventure, making the story appealing to a wide range of readers.

Moreover, the author's writing style is elegant and engaging, creating a vivid and immersive reading experience. Whether it's describing the lush landscapes or the interpersonal relationships between characters, Bindloss's prose is lyrically beautiful and infused with emotional depth. The dialogue between characters is believable and adds to the overall authenticity of the narrative.

Another commendable aspect of this book is its exploration of social issues, particularly the challenges faced by women in a male-dominated society. Lucy's struggle for independence and equality is a recurring theme throughout the novel, shedding light on the restrictive norms and expectations imposed upon women during that era. Bindloss handles these themes sensitively and with great care, adding an important layer of depth to the storyline.

However, there are a few minor drawbacks to the book. The pacing of the story occasionally becomes sluggish, with certain chapters feeling slightly repetitive and slow-moving. Additionally, some plot points are left unresolved, leaving readers longing for more closure.

Despite these minor flaws, The Girl from Keller's is a captivating and enjoyable read. Its well-drawn characters, gripping plot, and exquisite writing make it a recommended choice for those who appreciate historical fiction with a touch of mystery and romance. Harold Bindloss proves himself to be a talented storyteller, and I look forward to exploring more of his works in the future.

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By Harold Bindloss


This text was prepared from an edition, published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, 1917. It was published in England under the title "Sadie's Conquest."




It was getting dark when Festing stopped at the edge of a ravine on the Saskatchewan prairie. The trail that led up through the leafless birches was steep, and he had walked fast since he left his work at the half finished railroad bridge. Besides, he felt thoughtful, for something had happened during the visit of a Montreal superintendent engineer that had given him a hint. It was not exactly disturbing, because Festing had, to some extent, foreseen the line the superintendent would take; but a post to which he thought he had a claim had been offered to somebody else. The post was not remarkably well paid, but since he was passed over now, he would, no doubt, be disappointed when he applied for the next, and it was significant that as he stood at the top of the ravine he first looked back and then ahead.

In the distance, a dull red glow marked the bridge, where the glare of the throbbing blast lamps flickered across a muddy river, swollen by melting snow. He heard the ring of the riveters' hammers and the clang of flung down rails... Continue reading book >>

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