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Love Instigated: The Story of a Carved Ivory Umbrella Handle   By: (1857-1917)

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Love Instigated: The Story of a Carved Ivory Umbrella Handle by Douglass Sherley captures the essence of love, passion, and mystery in a unique and captivating way. Set in the enchanting city of Venice, this novel takes readers on an extraordinary journey through time and intertwines the lives of past and present.

Sherley’s writing style is poetic and evocative, immersing readers in the rich atmosphere of Italy. The descriptions of the Venetian canals, the palazzos, and the art mesmerize the senses, making the setting come alive.

The heart of the story revolves around a beautifully carved ivory umbrella handle. Passed down through generations, this exquisite object becomes a symbol of love and a witness to the joys and sorrows of its owners. The author seamlessly weaves together different narratives, unveiling the stories behind the handle and the deep connection it creates between its holders.

The characters in Love Instigated are complex and relatable, each with their own desires, dreams, and struggles. From the passionate artist struggling to find recognition to the humble shopkeeper searching for his lost love, their paths intersect in magical and unexpected ways. Sherley skillfully explores the complexities of human emotions, delving into themes of longing, sacrifice, and the power of destiny.

The plot itself is intricately constructed, moving seamlessly between the past and the present. As the past unfolds, secrets are revealed, and long-standing mysteries are solved. The author’s inclusion of historical events adds an extra layer of richness to the narrative, immersing readers in the historical context of Venice.

Love Instigated is not merely a tale of romance, but a tale of the enduring power of love itself. It delves into the timeless question of whether love can truly transcend time and space, and how it can impact the lives of those who experience its depth.

One aspect that may divide readers is the slow pace of the story. While some readers may find it enchanting and emphasize the importance of savoring every detail, others might find it dragging at times. Nonetheless, the meticulous attention to detail and the beautiful prose compensate for any pacing concerns.

Overall, Love Instigated is a thought-provoking and enchanting novel that will resonate with lovers of historical fiction, romance, and art. Douglass Sherley has crafted a unique and memorable tale that explores the triumphs and setbacks of love throughout the ages. If you enjoy immersive storytelling and a touch of mystery set against a stunning backdrop, this book should be on your reading list.

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"The Man that Plants Cabbages Imitates God." Dobson's Choice.

Caveat Filed, By CURRY & DEARING, Publishers, Louisville, Ky.

LOVE PERPETUATED: The Story of a Dagger.

By Douglass Sherley,



An Edition de Luxe [special] net, $10.00. Limited number. Ninety nine copies signed by the Author. Right reserved to advance price at any time. Subscriptions received now. Popular Edition a Christmas Card Booklet [in a box], $1.00. Liberal Discount to the Trade.

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