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Hidden Hand   By: (1819-1899)

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Hidden Hand by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth is a thrilling and engrossing novel that grips readers from the very first page. Set in the antebellum era, the story follows the life of Capitola Black, a young and resilient protagonist who finds herself entangled in a web of mystery, romance, and danger.

Southworth showcases her exceptional storytelling skills in this intriguing tale, expertly weaving together elements of suspense, romance, and social commentary. Capitola's character is brilliantly developed, making her relatable and admirable to readers of any era. Her strength, quick-wittedness, and determination to rise above her circumstances are truly inspiring.

The novel’s plot is filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats, eager to uncover the next revelation. The author effortlessly creates a vivid setting, immersing readers in the world of the mid-19th century and providing a glimpse into the intricate social dynamics of the time.

What sets Hidden Hand apart is its exploration of themes such as identity, family, and the consequences of choices made. The characters face moral dilemmas, battle societal expectations, and ultimately discover their true selves amidst the chaos. Southworth skillfully addresses topics of gender roles and the limitations placed on women during that period, challenging societal norms through Capitola's defiance and determination.

The romantic element of the story adds another layer of intrigue and depth to Hidden Hand. The relationships between the characters are complex, and love is portrayed as both a source of joy and turmoil. Through these relationships, the author explores themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the power of love to overcome adversity.

One of the most compelling aspects of this novel is its underlying message of hope and resilience. Capitola's unwavering spirit and refusal to succumb to the challenges she faces serve as a reminder of the strength that lies within each individual. In a society bound by societal expectations and prejudices, her story highlights the importance of embracing one's own identity and striving for one's dreams, no matter the obstacles.

Hidden Hand is a captivating novel that expertly merges elements of mystery, romance, and social commentary. Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth's masterful storytelling and well-crafted characters make this book an absolute must-read. It not only entertains but also sheds light on societal issues that are still relevant today. This novel is a timeless treasure that will leave readers inspired and contemplating the power of determination and love.

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New York Hurst & Company Publishers


I. The Nocturnal Visit

II. The Masks

III. The Quest

IV. Capitola

V. The Discovery

VI. A Short, Sad Story

VII. Metamorphosis of the Newsboy

VIII. Herbert Greyson

IX. Marah Rocke

X. The Room of the Trap Door

XI. A Mystery and a Storm at Hurricane Hall

XII. Marah's Dream

XIII. Marah's Memories

XIV. The Wasting Heart

XV. Cap's Country Capers

XVI. Cap's Fearful Adventure

XVII. Another Storm at Hurricane Hall

XVIII. The Doctor's Daughter

XIX. The Resigned Soul

XX. The Outlaw's Rendezvous

XXI. Gabriel LeNoir

XXII. The Smuggler and Capitola

XXIII. The Boy's Love

XXIV. Capitola's Mother

XXV. Cap's Tricks and Perils

XXVI. The Peril and the Pluck of Cap

XXVII. Seeking his Fortune

XVIII. A Panic in the Outlaw's Den

XXIX. The Victory Over Death

XXX. The Orphan




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