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Virgie's Inheritance   By: (1843-1926)

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Virgie's Inheritance by Georgie Sheldon is a captivating tale that delves into the themes of love, family, and inner strength. Set in the late 19th century, the story takes us on a journey through the life of the titular character, Virgie, as she navigates the complexities of her inherited fortune and the challenges it brings.

Sheldon expertly weaves together a narrative filled with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters, drawing readers into a world of high society, secrets, and unexpected twists. The author's attention to detail effortlessly transports us to a time where societal expectations and prejudices were paramount.

One of the strongest aspects of this novel is the character development. Virgie, portrayed as a strong-willed and courageous young woman, undergoes a transformation as she faces the trials that come with her newfound wealth. Her growth is inspiring, as she learns to navigate the treacherous waters of deceit and betrayal. Sheldon's ability to create multi-dimensional characters is commendable, and each individual adds depth and complexity to the overall storyline.

The novel also explores the themes of family and loyalty. Virgie's relationships with her aunt and cousin are at the forefront of the plot, and the dynamics between them are intricately depicted. The internal conflicts that arise from these relationships add further layers to the story, creating a sense of tension and anticipation that keeps readers engaged throughout.

Additionally, the book touches on social issues of the era, shedding light on the treatment of women and the limitations placed upon them within a patriarchal society. While the exploration of these issues is not overly pronounced, it serves as a backdrop to the events taking place, offering a glimpse into the struggles and limitations women faced during that time.

The pacing of the story is generally well-executed, with a balance between moments of reflection and action-driven sequences that keeps the reader invested. There were instances, however, where the narrative seemed to lag, and certain scenes could have been condensed to maintain a more consistent pace.

Overall, Virgie's Inheritance is an enchanting novel that transports readers to a bygone era filled with intrigue, romance, and self-discovery. Georgie Sheldon's elegant prose and compelling character development make this an engaging read for fans of historical fiction. The intricate plot, infused with moments of suspense and mystery, will leave readers eagerly turning the pages until the very end.

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Virgie's Inheritance

By Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

Author of "Nora," "Trixy," "Earle Wayne's Nobility," "Helen's Victory," "A True Aristocrat," Etc.

Copyright, 1887, 1888, 1891 By Street & Smith

Virgie's Inheritance.

Chapter I.

Virgie and the Benighted Traveler.

"Virgie, I shall have to give up the race."


"My strength is failing rapidly. It was all that I could do to creep home to night. My trembling limbs, my labored breathing, and this dreadful cough, all warn me that I must set my house in order, and make provision for your future."

It was an apparently old man who spoke thus, and yet the years of his life numbered but a little over fifty.

His hair was silvery white; his face was colorless and haggard, his eyes dim and sunken, and his form was much attenuated and bowed by the disease which was fast consuming him.

He was sitting by a blazing fire, in an ordinary easy chair over which a heavy coverlid had been thrown to make it more comfortable; but he shivered, and hovered over the blaze, as if he were chilled to the very marrow, while the hands which he held extended to catch the warmth were livid, and trembling from weakness.

The room was small, but cozy and home like. A cheap, coarse carpet, though of a bright and tasteful pattern, lay upon the floor... Continue reading book >>

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