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Thankful's Inheritance   By: (1870-1944)

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Thankful's Inheritance by Joseph Crosby Lincoln is an engaging and heartwarming tale that transports readers to the small and charming town of Wellmouth. Set in the early 20th century, this novel beautifully captures the essence of a close-knit community and explores themes of family, love, and identity.

The story revolves around Thankful Lamb, a young woman who unexpectedly inherits a sizable fortune. As Thankful grapples with the newfound responsibilities and wealth, she faces numerous challenges and encounters various individuals who either rely on her or aim to take advantage of her vulnerability. Throughout the narrative, Lincoln artfully presents a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique motivations and backstories, making for an intriguing and multi-layered read.

What makes Thankful's Inheritance particularly engaging is Lincoln's ability to depict the vibrant dynamics between the townspeople. From the quirky and charismatic locals to the longstanding feuds and friendships, the author flawlessly weaves the intricate web of relationships that form the backbone of Wellmouth. It is through these interactions that Lincoln showcases the importance of community support, as characters come together to help Thankful navigate the challenges she faces.

Moreover, the novel's exploration of Thankful's personal journey is deeply moving. As she adjusts to her newfound wealth, Thankful must grapple with questions of identity and purpose. Lincoln portrays her growth with sensitivity, allowing readers to empathize and connect with her on a profound level. Despite her vulnerabilities, Thankful is a courageous and resilient protagonist who evolves throughout the story, ultimately finding her own path and place in the world.

Additionally, Lincoln's evocative and vivid descriptions paint a picturesque image of Wellmouth. The quaint seaside town comes alive through his prose, transporting readers to a time and place brimming with charm and nostalgia. The author's attention to detail creates a rich and immersive reading experience, enveloping readers in the sights, sounds, and smells of this idyllic coastal community.

While Thankful's Inheritance offers a heartening and sentimental narrative, some readers may find the pacing slower than expected. The story's unhurried tempo allows for an in-depth exploration of the characters and their relationships, but may not be suitable for those seeking a fast-paced plot. However, for readers who appreciate a well-crafted and introspective tale, the deliberate pace only serves to enhance the overall reading experience.

In conclusion, Thankful's Inheritance is an enchanting novel filled with love, friendship, and self-discovery. Joseph Crosby Lincoln masterfully captures the essence of small-town life, creating a vivid and endearing story that will captivate readers from beginning to end. With its well-rounded characters, immersive setting, and nuanced exploration of identity, this novel is a compelling and enjoyable read for those who appreciate nostalgic and heartwarming literature.

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By Joseph C. Lincoln


The road from Wellmouth Centre to East Wellmouth is not a good one; even in dry weather and daylight it is not that. For the first two miles it winds and twists its sandy way over bare hills, with cranberry swamps and marshy ponds in the hollows between. Then it enters upon a three mile stretch bordered with scrubby pines and bayberry thickets, climbing at last a final hill to emerge upon the bluff with the ocean at its foot. And, fringing that bluff and clustering thickest in the lowlands just beyond, is the village of East Wellmouth, which must on no account be confused with South Wellmouth, or North Wellmouth, or West Wellmouth, or even Wellmouth Port.

On a bright sunny summer day the East Wellmouth road is a hard one to travel. At nine o'clock of an evening in March, with a howling gale blowing and rain pouring in torrents, traveling it is an experience. Winnie S., who drives the East Wellmouth depot wagon, had undergone the experience several times in the course of his professional career, but each time he vowed vehemently that he would not repeat it; he would "heave up" his job first.

He was vowing it now. Perched on the edge of the depot wagon's front seat, the reins leading from his clenched fists through the slit in the "boot" to the rings on the collar of General Jackson, the aged horse, he expressed his opinion of the road, the night, and the job... Continue reading book >>

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