Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Harvester” as Want to Read:
The Harvester
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Harvester

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,273 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. "Bel, come here! " The Harvester sat in the hollow worn in the hewed log stoop by the feet of his father and mother and his own sturdier tread, and rested his head against the casing of the cabin door when he gave the command. The tip of the dog's nose touched the gravel between his ...more
ebook, 620 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published January 1st 1911)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Harvester, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Harvester

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,237)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 15, 2010 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to Jocelyn by: Grant
Shelves: own
My husband thought we should read this book at the same time. His mother read it to him in his youth, and he thought it helped shape his view of how women should be treated.

I loved this book! The Harvester is such a wonderful character, an ideal man. He is noble, caring, patient, smart . . . I could go on. This is a wonderful love story. It is passionate while still appropriate. The characters are quirky and endearing. The story is captivating. I love the messages of good moral values, forgivene
Please don't let my wife read this book - I would never hear the end of it. The reader should remember that David Langston, Porter's Harvester, was, after all, only a fictional character. He never really existed.

Having said that, I was mesmerized by the sweep, intensity and energy of this book. I don't think I've ever read a more moving love story, albeit one-sided. Porter's premise, her style, her profuse imagery were unique. At times, the narrative and commentary were slow-paced (I kept sayin
Thom Swennes
Sep 06, 2013 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Langston is The Harvester. Content to live a simple life with his dog and the thought of complicating it with a woman brings on a panic attack…. Until…. The vision of her changed his life. David didn’t know her name or even where she was but he knew that she would be his wife and started preparing for her arrival by building her a home. The harvester grows, tends and cultivates trees, plants, herbs, edible and medicinal fungi. The author displays a cornucopia of colors, smells and textures ...more
I read this because it was selected as the quarterly classic group read in one of the groups I'm in. The story is about a man, David Langston who is the harvester. He harvests wild plants for medicines. He lives a simple life with his dog and his plants. One day he has this dream of a woman and knows she is the one for him. Later he sees her in town but was unable to get to her. He then looks for her and eventually he does find her. Her name is Ruth Jameson and she just arrived in the area and l ...more
May 05, 2015 Lindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful love story with passion and desire with out the lust. A great commentary on how love is deepened with clean living and heartfelt service. Move over Mr Darcy, David Langston is a man with strength, honesty, and straightforwardness not to be placed before tenderness, gentleness and kindness.

One of my favorite quotes:
"...Never can you be truly happy, Ruth, until you have forgiven them... The only way on earth to cure [pain] is through forgiveness. That, and that only, will ease
I adore this Limberlost book. It is different from the other two Limberlost books in many ways but it's so very ethereal and beautiful.

Where was this book when I was 14 years old? I needed this book back then. I'll tell you where it was-- probably out of print! I read the GSP books that I could get my hands on when I was that age and I never came across this one. Thank goodness for this electronic age that we live in that is bringing these old gems back to life!
Up to this point I've only read the "Big Three" of this author's books, though I've enjoyed them for years. The advent of free/cheap collections of older works on e-book has made it possible to try more, and for my first foray deeper into her collection I chose "Harvester". What an inspired choice! It turned out to be a wonderful old-fashioned love story. I only wish I'd read it years ago.

About the first half of this story deals with David, a man who makes his living gathering the wild barks, r
Apr 16, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: core-favorites
I thought Laddie would always be my favorite Gene Stratton Porter book...I was wrong. I picked up a worn, weather beaten copy of the Harvester which was published in 1911. It belonged to my husbands grandmother and I have wanted to read it for years, but feared I would ruin it. Yesterday, I gently picked it up and began to try the waters. I put it down twice; once to sleep and the next when I had finished it. It is the most enchanting, inspiring story of love and life that I have yet encountered ...more
Aug 27, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Langston, known as "the Harvester" or the "Medicine Man" to people in the town, lives out in the forest and harvest plants and herbs that are used to make medicines for doctors to give their patients. One morning, he decides it is finally time to find a wife. After having a dream about the girl he should marry, without even meeting her, he builds a beautiful home to bring her to. Then, one day, he sees her in real life, and has to search for her. And once he finds her, he needs to court he ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
David Langston lives alone in the Medicine Woods, where he cultivates and harvests plants used for medicines and sells them to doctors and drug companies. His neighbors call him lazy because he hasn't drained his lake and planted corn; really he is hard-working and well versed in the ways of the woods.

Each spring with the coming of the first bluebird, he asks his faithful dog whether he should continue with his present occupation or seek his fortune in the city, and the dog always advises him t
Dec 01, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars. This book started out slow and was a hard for me to get into at first but the story definitely picked up in the second half of the book. I had a hard time placing the setting and time period so it was an unsettling read. At first I was a little worried about the main character's motivations and ideas about love. The love story seemed a too idealized, which can still make for a good story but the author sets the book up to be so much more than an overly romantic love story ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Joey by: Kathleen Burk
Shelves: favorites, fiction
This was such a sweet story. It concerns a man named David Langston who harvests herbs (Harvester!) to sell to druggists and doctors to cure people from their ailments. He is somewhat a loner and his best friends are his dog Belshazzar, his horse Betsy, and all the wildlife in the Medicine Woods. One day after getting upset when his dog "tells" him he should get married (David asked Bel!) he dreams of a beautiful girl. When he awakes he forgives Belshazzar for "telling" him to go courting that y ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the characters in this book - very life-like and realistic. The Harvester, David Langston, was hardworking, resourceful, and caring. It was interesting to read about how he cultivated his herbs on his land and sold them to doctors and druggists. He was quite successful in making a living through it. I liked Ruth too: so nice she got to have such a good life after some hardships she faces earlier! Granny Moreland was hilarious, I thought. There were references to evolution now and ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to read Gene Stratton-Porter books because they are packed with good morals and standards that have been long buried and forgotten in society today. It is a wonderful refreshment to read about these strengths of character that she incorporates into her stories that existed long ago.
May 09, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another lovely story from Mrs. Stratton-Porter. This one has the same landscape and trademark story telling of Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost but has an entirely different feel. Unlike the coming of age and journey to happiness through self-reliance that we see in the first two Limberlost books, this one more of a grown up romance. Innocent and lovely and inspiring but less instructive and gritty and compelling. I enjoyed this book very much for its beautiful prose and lovely descriptions. ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could be that I especially loved this book after just having finished The Outlander. It was such a beautiful expression of "He loved us first". I loved the description of the reason we need to forgive on p. 320, "The only way on earth to cure the pain is through forgiveness. That, and that only, will ease it all away, and leave you happy and free for life and love. So long as you let this rancour eat in your heart, you are not, and never can be, normal. You must forgive them. Then your heart wil ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2014
There are a lot of sweet moments here. The Harvester gives a great case for the importance of virtue and why it is worthwhile. I enjoyed the book but don't think it is her best. I would start with "Girl of the Limberlost" if you are a beginning Gene Stratton-Porter fan. You realize she is the bird woman right?
As much as I wanted to I just couldn't fall in love with the Harvester. He is a bit of a control freak and has exact ideas of how a sweetheart should be. I felt like he was too controlling
Janell Howard
Oct 21, 2015 Janell Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, LOVED this book!!!
Karen Hogan
3.5 stars. It was slow at first, but picked up near the middle. As always loved the author's description of nature, and the medicine man's work with medicinal herbs. There are so many wonderful sayings and thoughtful gems throughout Gene Stratton-porter's novel. David Langston, the harvester is a wonderful man, but just a little too perfect.. This novel was published in the 1911, so it's a bit flowery and syrupy, but still worth reading... The love story made me cry.
Feb 22, 2016 ShaLisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absurdly romantic. The characters are noble, feeling people with depth in their philosophies of life and purpose. The story is passionate, almost sappy, and idealistic, one that pulls on the heartstrings on your young, inner girl. He gave her everything she could need and want asking nothing and loving her completely all the while. His integrity and person were profoundly just and splendid beyond compare and his means endless. The girl was lovely beyond description and heroically ta ...more
Nov 08, 2011 Kaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quentin the psychic was emphatic that I needed to read this so I would recognize my soul mate when he came along. It's taken me months to get into it (I put it down for a loooong time), but I'm looking forward to reading it tonight. That's good, right?
May 13, 2011 Terrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't my favorite Gene Stratton-Porter book, but it is right up there. The last third of the book is especially enjoyable, she ties up the story with some life lessons very well. However, Girl of the Limberlost is still the best!
Nicola Hawkes
May 20, 2014 Nicola Hawkes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book group choice. I'd never even heard of this author. Fabulous descriptions of the environment and wildlife (although maybe a little too flowery, pun intended, at times) really interesting detail on plant storage and harvesting, and of course a wonderful dreamlike love story. I do agree with other reviewers that the hero is terribly bossy and opinionated, and Ruth submits to his plans too easily for me - wouldn't she have learnt to resent interference and long for independence, not sub ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years ago a dear friend gave me a copy of 1912 book of theHarvester. I finally got around to reading it and am sorry I did not drop everything and read it right then. What a delightful book. She and I had an interest in identifying flower, birds, trees and I especially love herbs. This book covers all of these with a lovely story about a dream and the love of his life being found. He harvests herbs and other woodland things for medicine. She is saved with one of his compounds. A must read if you ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: Courtney A.
Loved this book :) Such a sweet story, with lots of good lessons in it.
Aug 28, 2014 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story! It had a hard time getting into it at first. In the beginning you are getting to know the Harvester and its a little slow going, but things pick up quickly and it is very engaging after that. I loved the way he built the house for his dream girl, I loved his search for her and the way her sold flowers, and I loved his honesty in admitting his first mistake. I loved when the red bird answered the girl's question for her. I loved more things that would be spoilers. The Harvester ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The self summary says it all; "Pristine", "Idyllic bliss", "alluring”, "pure, unspoiled". Gene Stratton-Porter is the master of Utopia. Definitely not for the romantically "challenged" or faint of heart for Ms. Porter is also the master of emotional swooning--enough so to cause a pleasant roll of the eyes until she captures you in the story, as she undoubtedly will, and the eye rolling stops and you willingly go along for the ride among perfect people and places (much more enticing than any prin ...more
Elizabeth S
Jul 19, 2013 Elizabeth S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so passionate yet never crosses the line into being inappropriate even for pre-teens. It is a true romance with a idealistic portrayal of love.
David or the Harvester is a nature lover but he is not a crazy tree hugger. He is probably one of the most romantic heroes I have ever read. This book is told from his point of view which is unusual in this genre.
His love for Ruth is so pure and yet so strong you wonder why she seems so remote and distant. Perhaps much of that is due to he
Melissa T
Feb 20, 2010 Melissa T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most tender love stories I have ever read. It's a sweet, sweet story of patience, forgiveness, and what a marriage ought to be. Yes, the "Harvester" is romanticized, but I do think that every great once in while there is that ideal man who is real--not perfect in every way, but nearly perfect in the essentials. And what is especially important about this book is that he talks about how his mother taught him to live a "clean" life, and that becoming the man he was involved a l ...more
Becca brown
May 12, 2011 Becca brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
Far and deep in the woods lived a man named David Langston. Known by the people of the small town of Onabasha as the Medicine Man, David spent his life in the meadows and glades, with the birds and animals he knew by name. Day after day, he greeted the sun with a smile, and would whistle away the time, as he studied countless numbers of plants and herbs which he would then make into tonics to sell to the local hospitals.
One day, his peaceful life was interrupted by a dream. He dreamt that he me
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 74 75 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Happily Ever Afte...: Qtrly Classic Group Read - The Harvester (spoilers) 16 31 Nov 15, 2013 04:18AM  
Gene Stratton Porter 2 6 Oct 16, 2013 10:33AM  
  • The Rose-Garden Husband
  • Mother Carey's Chickens
  • The Shepherd of the Hills
  • The Rosary
  • To Have and to Hold: A Tale of Providence and Perseverance in Colonial Jamestown
  • Song of Years
  • Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes
  • The Enchanted Barn
  • Katherine's Marriage (Katherine, #2)
  • Five Little Peppers Grown Up
  • With Lee in Virginia
  • Mr. Harrison's Confessions
  • Mary Emma & Company (Little Britches, #4)
  • The Hidden Hand: Or, Capitola the Madcap
  • Pilgrim's Inn (Eliots of Damerosehay, #2)
  • A Fair Barbarian
She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some of the best selling novels and well-received columns in magazines of the day.

Born Geneva Grace Stratton in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Charles D. Porter in 1886, and they had one daughter, Jeannette.

She became a wildlife photogra
More about Gene Stratton-Porter...

Share This Book