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1870-1879

Christian Reid. A Question of Honor. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1876.

When her wealthy father dies, Mary Carlisle, who is blind, depends on her kinsman, Basil Severn, to manage her mills, stocks, land, and money. This works well until Arnold Devereux comes to Stansbury (thought to be Salisbury) to claim Mary Carlisle’s inheritance. When a court case goes against Devereux, he tries to gain Mary’s wealth by wooing her. Devereux is not the only person who is eyeing Mary’s wealth, and it takes loyal friends such as Basil and his sister, Madeleine, to see that her wealth is preserved. Love interests complicate matters for all the main characters.

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Christian Reid. A Summer Idyl. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1878.

At the Tyrrell home in Transylvania County, lovely Flora Tyrrell pines for the attentions of her cousin Harry Sunderland and puts off another suitor, Geoffrey Charlton. While cousin Harry is entangled in another relationship, Geoffrey pursues Flora in walks, rides, and visits. Flora is outraged when she discovers that Geoffrey and Harry have been in cahoots. The novel contains many descriptions of the beautiful mountain scenery.

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Elizabeth Van Loon. The Shadow of Hampton Mead. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Brothers, 1878.

The Hamptons live an Edenic life on their plantation the western North Carolina. Mrs. Hampton died young, but Mr. Hampton has had the pleasure of watching his children Walter and Norva grow to adulthood. The snake who enters this garden is Norva’s new husband Lawrence Hastings, a man she met in London. Hasting is lascivious and greedy, and his plot to seize the Hampton’s family’s wealth almost succeeds. The novel is thought to be set in Yancey County; the time is the early nineteenth century.

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