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The Time of Roses   By: (1854-1914)

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The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade is a delightful novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through the lives of its characters. Set in the late 19th century, this heartfelt story combines elements of romance, mystery, and family drama to create a compelling narrative.

The novel revolves around the lives of two sisters, Kate and Nora Lennox, who find themselves faced with unexpected challenges and secrets. Kate, the older sister, is burdened with the responsibility of providing for her family after their father's death. Meanwhile, Nora, the younger sister, yearns for adventure and excitement beyond their small town. Their distinct personalities and desires create a fascinating dynamic that keeps the reader engrossed throughout the novel.

Meade’s writing shines in her ability to create vivid descriptions of both the characters and their surroundings. From the bustling streets of London to the peaceful countryside, the author paints a rich picture that captures the essence of each location. This attention to detail enhances the overall reading experience and transports readers to the era in which the story is set.

What truly sets The Time of Roses apart is the exploration of complex relationships and the themes of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. Meade skillfully delves into the complexities of sibling relationships, portraying the ups and downs, the conflicts, and the unbreakable bonds that exist between sisters. The emotional depth of the characters and their interactions make them relatable and endearing, particularly as they navigate through the challenges presented to them.

The plot of the novel is carefully constructed, offering a blend of suspense and intrigue. With unexpected twists and turns, the narrative keeps readers on their toes, eagerly anticipating what will happen next. The mysteries that unfold slowly throughout the course of the story add layers of depth and intrigue, keeping the reader engaged until the very end.

One aspect that could have been further developed is the exploration of some secondary characters. While the main characters are given substantial depth and development, there are a few supporting characters whose potential is left slightly untapped. However, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

The Time of Roses is a beautifully written period piece that seamlessly weaves together various genres. L. T. Meade’s storytelling skills are evident in every page, and her ability to create well-rounded characters and a captivating plot is commendable. This book is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, mystery, and heartfelt stories about the complexities of human relationships.

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Author of "A Bunch of Cherries," "Daddy's Girl," "Bad Little Hannah," "A World of Girls," "A School Favorite," Etc.

"It was the Time of Roses; We plucked them as we passed."

Chicago M. A. Donohue & Company




I. Home at Last 5

II. The Little Mummy's Arrangements 13

III. A Startling Meeting 19

IV. An Evil Genius 28

V. Maurice Trevor 33

VI. Mrs. Aylmer's Strategy 41

VII. The Chains Begin to Fret 48

VIII. Bertha's Quandary 56

IX. A Tempting Offer 63

X. The Little Mummy's Curiosity 69

XI. Florence's Good Angel 72

XII. Alone in London 80

XIII. A Weary Wait 88

XIV. A Blunt Question 92

XV. Edith Franks 99

XVI. On the Brink of an Abyss 106

XVII. Nearer and Nearer 116

XVIII. A Vestige of Hope 121

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