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Lavender and Old Lace

Lavender and Old Lace Lavender and Old Lace begins A rickety carriage was slowly ascending the hill and from the place of honour on the back seat the single passenger surveyed the country with interest and admiration The

  • Title: Lavender and Old Lace
  • Author: Myrtle Reed
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lavender and Old Lace begins A rickety carriage was slowly ascending the hill, and from the place of honour on the back seat, the single passenger surveyed the country with interest and admiration The driver of that ancient chariot was an awkward young fellow, possibly twenty five years of age, with sharp knees, large, red hands, high cheek bones, and abundant hair of aLavender and Old Lace begins A rickety carriage was slowly ascending the hill, and from the place of honour on the back seat, the single passenger surveyed the country with interest and admiration The driver of that ancient chariot was an awkward young fellow, possibly twenty five years of age, with sharp knees, large, red hands, high cheek bones, and abundant hair of a shade verging upon orange He was not unpleasant to look upon, however, for he had a certain evident honesty, and he was disposed to be friendly to every one Be you comfortable, Miss he asked, with apparent solicitude Very comfortable, thank you, was the quiet response He urged his venerable steeds to a gait of about two miles an hour, then turned sideways Be you goin to stay long, Miss All Summer, I think Do tell The young woman smiled in listless amusement, but Joe took it for conversational encouragement City folks is dretful bashful when they s away from home, he said to himself He clucked again to his unheeding horses, shifted his quid, and was casting about for a new topic when a light broke in upon him I guess, now, that you re Miss Hathaway s niece, what s come to stay in her house while she goes gallivantin and travellin in furrin parts, be n t you .

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    About "Myrtle Reed"

    1. Myrtle Reed

      Myrtle Reed Mrs McCullough 1874 1911 was an American author, the daughter of Elizabeth Armstrong Reed and the preacher Hiram von Reed She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of Olive Green She was born in Chicago, where she graduated from the West Division High School In 1906 she was married to James Sydney McCullough.She wrote under her own name, but also published a series of cook books under the pseudonym of Olive Green, including What to Have for Breakfast 1905 , One Thousand Simple Soups 1907 and How to Cook Fish 1908.Myrtle was a diagnosed insomniac with prescribed sleeping drafts She died August 17, 1911 of an overdose of sleeping powder taken with suicidal intent in her flat, called Paradise Flat at 5120 Ken Ave Chicago, Illinois The following day, her suicide letter, written to her maid, Annie Larsen, was published.

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    1. A bit like salty caramel ice cream- mostly sugar sweet but tinged with salt and all melts away in the end. No doubt advanced for its time (1905) with the lead female character, Ruth, a working journalist, but she does allow herself to be persuaded by her dearly beloved that she should not go out to work once they are married and that he will provide for them both. A bit too syrupy for my taste.But then I did think I had picked up Arsenic and Old Lace from the book stall, and that is much more li [...]


    2. This is a book the adult Anne of Green Gables would have loved. A rather prickly heroine, Ruth Thorne, comes to stay at her aunt's seaside house while her aunt travels to Europe for 6 months. There she finds her aunt already gone, leaving a mysterious letter asking her to light a lamp in an upstairs window every night without fail. And, Ruth finds some mysterious newspaper clippings while rummaging through the attic. Of course, romance ensues, and the mystery of a long ago romance unfolds. Most [...]


    3. 3 1/2 stars. I always love Myrtle Reed's books. I underline passages for future reference and pondering. I enjoy the stories. I enjoyed this book too although I found it a little too sweet at times. I was happy that the end left me feeling that there was more depth to the characters than we see throughout the body of the book. More generosity of spirit and friendship. More understanding of another's needs. Lovely."And up in the attic window the light still shone, like unfounded hope in a woman's [...]


    4. I was a little confused at times about why the main character was so rude and emotional towards the maid, Hepsey. Aside from the unexplained mood swings, this was an interesting story for its glimpse of life in the late 1800's.


    5. The auther was only in her mid 20s when she wrote this, so of course the writing reflects her age as well as the times. I was surprised (and disappointed) however, when her heroine changed so quickly from a strong young woman into a "wife."


    6. I liked it at first, but was so disappointed when (view spoiler)[Ruth gave up her job so easily (hide spoiler)]. One of the reasons I liked it at first, was because it was an early story about a woman with a job.


    7. I read my grandmother's copy of this book 50 years ago, and loved it as a child. I re-read it this year, and it is still a very sweet love story.


    8. Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed, written in 1902, opens with 34-year-old Ruth Thorne coming to occupy her aunt’s cottage while her aunt is away. She’s never met her aunt, Miss Jane Hathaway. Miss Jane has never forgiven her sister for running away to elope, but for whatever reason, she decides to establish relationships with her niece. However, she ends up having to leave before her niece arrives, so Ruth finds only Hepsey, the farm-girl working as the maid, at the house. Her aunt left [...]


    9. My first book by Myrtle Reed, written in 1902. It is a simple, romantic, Victorian, small-town plot about women disappointed (or not) in love. It reminded me a lot of L.M. Montgomery's stories. I liked the wittiness of it--the banter between the main characters was enjoyable, and I was really enjoying it until the main character's aunt made an appearance. I expected to like her to be somewhat classy, and I was disappointed that she was a bumpkin. The ending had me rolling my eyes a bit, too, as [...]


    10. Lavender and Old Lace is truly an old classic --- that should and will be enjoyed by people of all ages both young and old. Speaks of a time that was much more romantic then now but a time of old morals and ethics. It's a lovely love story with a mystery that all comes out in the end! Would recommend to almost anyone!


    11. Well written, wonderful imagery, but the end as not as strong as the beginning of the book, which started out very promising. Still, it was a nice book and I would recommend it for anyone who loves language, Ms. Reed appears to have quite the mastery of it.


    12. read this while hung over on new year's day. predictable in an entirely pleasant and comforting way the perfect read for when you just want a good story to pass the time without having to work too hard at it.


    13. Sweet old-fashioned story with a bit of mystery and romance. A line that I particularly liked : "It was as if Memory sat at the spinning-wheel, idly twisting the thread, and bringing visions of years gone by."



    14. I bought this book for $00.50 for the gorgeous coverad it and was extremely surprised to find an adorable little romance between the pages.



    15. Well written and with relatable characters. There wasn't really any huge plot twists though it felt like it was leading up to something, but it's a pleasant, short, and heartwarming read.


    16. Beautifully written, charming and entertaining book. Definitely a favorite. Would highly recommend this to anyone who loves old romance novels with a dash of mystery.





    17. Simply a treasure, a bit like revisiting stories by L.M. Montgomery. It may be a bit sweet for some people, but I found it to be good old fashioned fun.




    18. A very cozy read, but the ending felt just a little undone.I wish it had ended with the wedding of Ruth & Carl and that they named their daughter after Miss Ainslie♥️




    19. I picked this book up at a used book sale because of its lovely,tattered, antique binding and the sweet, calming title. This book is beautifully written with lovely descriptions of quiet English gardens and countryside, full of thoughtful insights into living a simple happy life. This is demonstrated in the many beautiful phrases that I have highlighted and shared such as"we may be happy or not, just as we choose. Happiness is not a circumstance, nor a set of circumstances; it's only a light, an [...]


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