Category Archives: 1885

1885

Christian Reid. Rosyln’s Fortune. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1885.

Young Rosyln Vardray has just reached the age when she can think about marriage, and this young woman has many suitors. She rejects the affections of her stepbrother and a much older, wealthy man in favor of the handsome outsider, Victor Laurent. When she learns that Laurent is engaged to someone else, she turns away from him. That should be the end of the story, but the actions of an sinister neighbor, Mr. Stanley, and the kind Colonel Duncan keep the possibility of a marriage to Laurent alive. It takes a near-fatal accident for Rosyln to see the true character of each of her suitors. The action takes place in Eldon County, which most readers have taken to be Rowan County.

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Charles Egbert Craddock. The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1885.

The main character, John Kelsey, attempts to lead his mountaineer brethren away from sin. Most of the characters speak in a mountain dialect that will be of interest to some readers but difficult for others.

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Filed under 1880-1889, 1885, Craddock, Charles Egbert, Mountains, Novels to Read Online, Religious/Inspirational