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Mattie:—A Stray (Vol 2 of 3)   By: (1830-1901)

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In "Mattie:—A Stray" by F. W. Robinson, readers are once again immersed in the intriguing life of the beloved protagonist, Mattie. This second volume of the trilogy delves deeper into Mattie's past while continuing to explore her present experiences.

Set in 19th century England, the story follows Mattie, an orphaned young girl with a troubled upbringing. As Mattie's tale unravels, readers uncover the challenges she faces as a result of her circumstances. Robinson skillfully crafts Mattie's character, making her relatable and empathetic. Her resilient spirit and determination provide a refreshing perspective on survival against all odds.

In this volume, Mattie encounters various characters who significantly impact her life. Robinson introduces a cast of diverse individuals, each with their own intricate backstory. The interactions between Mattie and these characters are both captivating and thought-provoking. Moreover, the emotional depth of these relationships adds layers of complexity to the narrative.

Robinson's writing style is fluid and expressive, allowing readers to vividly envision the world he creates. The rich descriptions of 19th century England immerse readers in the time period, making it feel alive and palpable. The author's attention to detail is remarkable, capturing the essence of different settings with meticulous precision.

One of the exceptional aspects of this installment is the exploration of societal issues prevalent during the era. Robinson fearlessly delves into themes like class divisions, gender inequality, and the struggles faced by the underprivileged. Through Mattie's eyes, readers gain a deeper understanding of the disparities that existed and the subsequent challenges encountered by those outside of the privileged class.

While the narrative unfolds at a steady pace, there are moments where the plot could benefit from more momentum. Although the book is categorized as volume two of three, certain parts feel stretched or repetitive, which occasionally slows down the reading experience. Nonetheless, the author's ability to maintain intrigue and engage readers with the characters prevents this issue from overshadowing the overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, "Mattie:—A Stray" is a captivating second volume that continues to build on the foundations laid in the first installment. Robinson's ability to intricately weave together themes of resilience, social injustices, and personal growth makes this a compelling read for historical fiction enthusiasts. As the series progresses, readers will undoubtedly find themselves eager to discover what lies ahead for the remarkable Mattie.

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MATTIE: A STRAY.

BY F. W. ROBINSON

THE AUTHOR OF "HIGH CHURCH," "NO CHURCH," "OWEN: A WAIF," &c., &c.

"By bestowing blessings upon others, we entail them on ourselves." HORACE SMITH.

IN THREE VOLUMES

VOL. II.

LONDON: HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS, SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN, 18, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET. 1864.

The right of Translation is reserved.

LONDON: PRINTED BY MACDONALD AND TUGWELL, BLENHEIM HOUSE, BLENHEIM STREET, OXFORD STREET.

CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

BOOK III. UNDER SUSPICION. CONTINUED.

IX. THE CLOUDS THICKEN

X. MATTIE IN SEARCH

XI. EXPLANATIONS

XII. A SHORT WARNING

XIII. LEAVE TAKINGS

BOOK IV.

"WANT PLACES."

I. ONE AND TWENTY

II. SIDNEY'S CONFESSION

III. A FLYING VISIT TO NUMBER THIRTY FOUR

IV. HIS TURN

V. THE NEW BERTH

BOOK V. STORM SIGNALS.

I. CAST DOWN

II. IN WHICH SEVERAL DISCOVERIES COME TOGETHER

III. FATHER AND DAUGHTER

IV. ONLY PITY

V. AN UNAVAILING EFFORT

VI. MR. GRAY FURTHER DEVELOPED

VII. A DINNER PARTY

VIII. MATTIE'S CONFESSION

BOOK III.

CONTINUED.

UNDER SUSPICION.

CHAPTER IX.

THE CLOUDS THICKEN.

Mattie had fully anticipated a visit from Mr... Continue reading book >>




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