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Good Luck   By: (1854-1914)

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Good Luck by L. T. Meade is a captivating novel that explores the themes of destiny and determination. Set in 19th century England, the story follows the life of Mildred Constable, a young woman who is believed to be cursed with bad luck. From early childhood, she experiences a series of unfortunate events that continue to haunt her as she grows older.

Meade does an excellent job of setting up the main character's predicament, making readers empathize with Mildred and her struggles. The author beautifully portrays Mildred's inner strength and resilience despite the hardships she endures. As the story progresses, we witness her transforming from a timid and fragile girl to a courageous woman who faces her challenges head-on.

One of the aspects that makes this novel compelling is its focus on the power of positive thinking and the belief in one's ability to shape their own luck. Meade presents various characters who have experienced their fair share of misfortune and still manage to maintain a positive outlook on life. These individuals serve as mentors for Mildred, teaching her the importance of hope and perseverance.

The plot is well-paced and filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers engaged and eager to discover Mildred's fate. Meade has a talent for creating believable and relatable characters, each with their own unique personality and role in shaping the story. From the supportive best friend to the mysterious mentor, the cast of characters adds depth and complexity to the narrative.

Moreover, the author's vivid descriptions transport readers to the Victorian era, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the setting. The attention to historical detail is evident, from the intricate descriptions of clothing and architecture to the social norms of the time. It is clear that Meade conducted thorough research to create a believable and authentic world.

While the book primarily focuses on Mildred's journey, it also touches upon larger issues such as gender roles and societal expectations of the era. Meade subtly addresses the limited opportunities available to women at the time, juxtaposing it with Mildred's determination to create her own luck and defy societal norms.

Overall, Good Luck is a compelling and insightful novel that explores the themes of luck, fate, and resilience. L. T. Meade creates a memorable protagonist in Mildred Constable, a character that will resonate with readers long after they have finished the book. With its engaging plot, well-developed characters, and historical authenticity, this novel is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and coming-of-age stories.

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Amongst the crowd of people who were waiting in the Out Patients' Department of the London Hospital on a certain foggy day toward the latter end of November might have been seen an old cherry cheeked woman. She had bright blue eyes and firm, kindly lips. She was a little woman, slightly made, and her whole dress and appearance were somewhat old fashioned. In the first place, she was wonderfully pretty. Her little face looked something like a russet apple, so clear was her complexion and so bright and true the light in her eyes. Her hair was snow white, and rather fluffy in texture; it surrounded her forehead like a silver halo, adding to the picturesque effect of apple cheeks and deep blue eyes. Her attire was quaint and old fashioned. She wore a neat black dress, made without the least attempt at ornament; round her neck was a snowy kerchief of somewhat coarse but perfectly clean muslin; over her shoulders a little black shawl was folded corner ways, and pinned neatly with a large black headed pin at her breast. A peep of the snowy handkerchief showed above the shawl; the handkerchief vied with the white of her hair... Continue reading book >>

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