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This book by Barclay is outstanding for the simple elegance of style and plot. It revolves around two characters, Jane and Garth, who are madly in love with each other. Their paths get separated and each one of them experiences obstacles. The author has beautifully captured their thoughts, sentiments and feelings for each other. Warm and appealing
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Published January 1st 2006 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1909)
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حسام عادل
فكرة رقيقة لكن الإيقاع شديد الملل والتثاقل للأسف
Hend
this quote summarize the whole theme of the novel...
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart"
Kahlil Gibran
i read it, and really enjoyed...

talks about the inner beauty And the extent to which it can overcome the beauty of appearance......and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....

The story of Jean Champion .. a Woman in her thirties ,

she is simple looking but has a sweet voice and is talented in playing piano ....
Garth .. A young man who is very handsome, and wealthy .. W
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Maria Elmvang
The Rosary is one of those wonderful but unfortunately completely overlooked books. It deserves to rank as high as books by Jane Austen, L.M. Alcott, Charlotte Bronte and L.M. Montgomery, yet few people have ever heard of it. Such a shame because it is one of the most beautiful and romantic books I've ever read. Florence L. Barclay paints very vivid pictures for her readers and makes the book impossible to put down. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Unfortunately it's very difficult to find th
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ياسمين ثابت
هذة الرواية قنبلة
قنبلة موقوتة من الحب والرومانسية

قصتها باختصار عن نبيل وسيم وهو رسام يعشق الجمال ويقع قلبه في حب كل فتاة جميلة فبالتالي بمجرد ان يرسم تلك الجميلة ينسى حبها وكأنه لم يكن...له صديقة من النبلاء تدعى جين وهي لم تكن بالجميلة قط كانت اكبر منه وكذلك كانت صديقة مقربة له لكنها احبته في اعماقها
وذات حفلة قررت الصعود على المنصة والغناء اغنية المسبحة التي تشتاق فيها الفتاة الى حبيبها وتعد الساعات بعيدا عنه بالمسبحة
فجأة ينظر لها وكأنه يراها لأول مرة حيث يراها من اعماقها يرى شخصيتها وجوهرها
و
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Laura McDonald
Sep 27, 2009 Laura McDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a find! I'm so glad I found this book. It is truly engrossing from the first pages. And as deeply moving as any Bronte or Austen work. The first half of the book is so perfectly written and edited that I could see the scenes enacted in my head as if watching a movie--for some reason I pictured James McAvoy as the hero. She lags somewhat in the second half, but the urge to know what happens speeds you along. Please read this one--it's such a beautiful book. Now I'm off to read another Floren ...more
Teresa Scotton-williams
Teresa Scotton Williams (5/5):
"The Rosary" is an exquisitely timeless story of Jane Champion,beauteous of soul and voice but enclosed in a plain though intensely feminine body. When the star singer has an illness, Jane is called upon to sing "The Rosary" which she does with amazing sweetness, power and beauty. Garth Dalmain, extremely handsome and artistically gifted in his own right, found that the veil is lifted to reveal his perfect soul mate. Believing that his love would not stand the test
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Rachel
Feb 02, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melodramatic suffering, sighing and professions of love at their height, which in any other book would induce episodes of gagging and eye rolling in this reader, but which, for some reason, induced feelings of protective loyalty instead. I was convinced that though the dialogue exchanged would be permitted only at the opera today, it was befitting the characters written, whose intense, artistic passions were meant to be felt with intense, dramatic phrases.

Of course pure, old fashioned morals, th
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Nicholas Whyte
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This romance novel was apparently the best-seller of the year 1910, so I thought I would test the durability of its appeal. What immediately struck me was that this tale of the young English gentry working through the difficulties of their love lives in order to reach the safe haven of engagement and marriage is exactly the kind of thing that P.G. Wodehouse was parodying (there is even an eccentric Duchess with peculiar taste in pets here); so even if no
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Sylvester
2.5* Was intrigued by the very high ratings - 4.12! Had to see what the fuss was about! Apparently a bestseller in 1910. Well...it had it's appeal for me too - I love a heroine who is "plain" (what does that really mean, anyway - not "ugly", it seems, only heroes are allowed to be downright hideous) and logical - Jane Eyre, for instance. Setting Jane Champion against an artist who values physical beauty above all is interesting, I liked that a lot. However, I found it hard to suspend my disbelie ...more
C.G.
This is not really historical in that, though it is set in the early part of the 20th century, it was written around that time so it was contemporary for the author. "The Rosary" is one of my five favourite books - all romances. I have read it more than a dozen times since I first read it as a young teenager and it can still make me cry.

Because it is a contemporary novel of the early 20th century, it is a very 'gentle' book, interested in the relationship of the two main characters and a few of
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Hend Aboul Gada
Feb 08, 2012 Hend Aboul Gada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-♥♥
ايه دة ايه دة
جميلة اكثر من رائعة
مش هقدر اتكلم عنها اكتر من الوصف اللى
كتبته عنها فى معلومات الرواية
رواية خلتنى اصمم انى اضيفها
للموقع هنا

" إن الساعات التي قضيتها معك ياقلبي الحبيب ..

تتمثل لي كعقد من اللأليء .. أعدها ، واحدة فواحدة ..

إنها مسبحتي ..

كل ساعة لؤلؤة .. وكل لؤلؤة أدعية ..

لتهدئة قلب يعتصره الشوق ..

وإني لأناجي كل حبة ، حتى آخر الحبات ..

لأجد في نهايتها .... محراب حبنا !

ياللذكريات التي تبارك ، وتحرق .. !

ياللكسب العقيم ، وياللخسارة المريرة ..

إني أقبل كل حبة وأسعى جاهدة لأتعلم ..

كيف أقبل محرا
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Alisha Trenalone
May 19, 2010 Alisha Trenalone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Can I give this 6 stars? Or more? It was so, so sweet, and I am learning that I really love these obscure books written around the turn of the 20th century. The dialogue was rich and thoughtful and the characters were all just entirely lovable. There was a strong sense of nobility, dignity, and faithfulness that was part of the plot. It was just great.
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Konusundan bahsemeyeceğim pek ama şöyle kısaca bir geçeyim: Jane Champion her genç erkek tarafından adeta bir abla gibi görülen saygıdeğer bekar bir genç kadın (30 yaşında). Garth Dalmain ise 27 yaşında uçarı ve güzelliğe düşkün yakışıklı bir ressam. Jane'i de arkadaşı olarak çok seviyor. Ama bir akşam bir partide ondan ilk defa "Tesbih" adında bir şarkıyı dinlediğinde adeta kadının ruhunun güzelliğini görüyor ve ona aşık oluyor. Jane ise şimdiye değin hiç aşkı yaşamamış birisi, dolayısıyla aşkı ...more
Rylie
Apr 14, 2016 Rylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars. I just can’t help it.
Ranting, critical, party-pooper self:
Wow…just wow. Blind people in this book…helpless, fumbling, apparently idiots because Jane could disguise herself as the nurse for months, and the blind man never ever figured it out, and Jane decided (view spoiler)
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Holly Blankenship
30's romance novel - not a bodice ripper but more a love story. Nice quiet read, was one of my mothers favorites and I now re read it every once in a while to remind me of her.
Mela
I am a little torn. The love story in this book is really touching and unique. And there is so many true and beautiful thoughts:

"but I suddenly became conscious that, for the first time in my whole life, I was essential to somebody. I could not enter a room without realising that he was instantly aware of my presence; I could not leave a room without knowing that he would at once feel and regret my absence"

"and I knew the day did not begin for him until we had met, and was over when we had said
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Lynden
Nov 27, 2015 Lynden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bestseller in the US a year after its publication in 1910, this love story is somewhat obscure now. Florence Barclay is one of the authors whose works I inherited from my great aunt, and I realised I had seen her name on a memorial in St. Anne’s in Limehouse, where Florence spent her childhood. So is it worth reviving?
The story of a beauty-loving artist who falls in love with a large, plain woman because of the soul she puts into singing, and her struggle to accept that love even when an accid
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Wesam Karam
Feb 10, 2016 Wesam Karam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ااااااااااااوه جين
ومعرفتش ارتاح الا لما اعرف النهاية
انا بجد مش عارفة
ازاى الناس كانت جميلة وطيبة ورقيقة واتحولت لكائنات غير مفهومة
اوووووووووووووه جين
انا بجد حابه اعيش فى زمنك واحس باللى وصفتيه ازاى معرفتكيش قبل كدا
انا سمعت معاكم وشوفت واتمشيت فى الغابة وحسيت بقلبى هيقف لحظة الحقيقة
القصة رومانسية تكاد تكون ملموسة من روعة ودقة التعبيرات

حبيتها جدااااااا واى حد بيحب يقراه ادب عميق يقراها
وتحية للتفاصيل الجميلة دى كلها
وتقدير للحب اللى من غير حواجز ولا عقد

Nelleke Plouffe
Mar 02, 2016 Nelleke Plouffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book several times during my teens. It is highly romantic...too much so, really, but I couldn't help loving it. I would read it again.
Incidentally, I recently read a folk tale of the American Hispanic Southwest called "Fabiano and Reyes" which had the identical plot from beginning to end. It made me wonder if the book had been based on a folk tale.
Wesam Karam
معزوفة راقية دا ممكن يكون لقب القصة دى

المشاعر نقية عذبة متقنة الابداع لان الابطال مع عالم تانى ومن زمن تانى
ووصف المشاعر دى اجمل من المشاعر نفسها
المزيكا تسمعها مع وصفها الورد تشمه بين الصفحات
تشوف القصور الانجليزية فعلا من دقة التعبيرات وتلمس البيانو مع الابطال

...... هكمل الجزء التانى
Megan
Sep 01, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love it, but there were too many times that I wanted to kick both of the main characters in the seat of the pants (especially Jane). I wouldn't have minded the predictably of the story if there had been more levity in the novel. The constant grand and poetic feelings and speeches made it hard for me to truly sympathize with anyone. Perhaps I am getting too modern in my sensibilities.
Lora Cumbie
Feb 11, 2014 Lora Cumbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Champion - a "plain" or "homely" girl, quickly approaching middle age. She's a a pal to the boys. They simply love her as their friend and confidant. She is gifted with a beautiful musical talent. She is bright, witty, and strong, both inside and out.

Garth Dalmain - Young, charismatic, gifted in visual arts, loves all things beautiful to the eye, but has a depth of soul and wisdom that is not initially evident.

They are an unlikely pair, who begin their relationship as friends, and are long-
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Sarah
Sep 19, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jane Austen/classic romance
Recommended to Sarah by: My mum
Shelves: florence-barclay
I was introduced to "The Rosary" when my mom rescued an old copy of this book from a neighbor's yard sale! The book sat on a bookshelf for several years before she decided to read it! She gave it to me immediately after she finished it...telling me that I wouldn't be able to put it down! And she was right!

If you are a fan of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility", or Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South" then you will enjoy this beautiful love story. It's a refreshing chan
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Lncropper
This is a romance set in the late 1800s. It's very clean, very British, and you know what will happen in the end, but it takes forever for it to happen. The way it does is somewhat unique, but I think I would have liked it better as a short story. It just seemed like it took forever to get from the misunderstanding to the true love. It's a little like Jane Austen, but not nearly as literary. I'm not saying don't read it, but be prepared to want it to be over already. (I read it because it was fr ...more
غدير
Sep 11, 2016 غدير rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"إنّما يعيش حقاً أولئك الذين يحبّون.."
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"ولمجرّد أنه (يحب) فإنه لن يقبل فيما يتعلّق بكِ إلّا الحد الأقصى!"
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"إنني لأجرؤ على القول بأنني صادفت فترة من حياتي كنت أتوق فيها إلى أن تكون ثمة يد ناعمة صغيرة حولي.. وأقول الآن -ولا أخشى شيئاً- إنني كثيراً ما كنت خليقاً بأن أمسك تلك اليد، ولعلّي كنت أقبّلها.. من يدري؟.. لقد اعتدت أن أفعل أموراً كهذه، بخفّة لا بأس بها.. ولكن، عندما يعرف الرجل ملمس إمرأة معيّنة، ثم لا يبقى من تلك اللمسة سوى ذكرى، ويجد نفسه مُلقى في غياهب الظلام.. فإن تلك الذكرى تصبح من الأ
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Hayden
2.5 stars

I read this book because I bought a lovely, first edition antique copy of Barclay's The Wheels of Time and one reviewer said she recommended reading this book before that one. Luckily, you can find Florence Barclay's works for free in ebook form, so getting access to The Rosary was easy.

While I have a weakness for melodramatic adventure novels, melodramatic romances are not my usual preferred reading material. And though this book is over 100 years old, it's definitely in the realm of p
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Gretchen Louise
Jul 15, 2015 Gretchen Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s one of those story lines that could be so very cliche and predictable. Except, Florence L. Barclay brings you right into the lives of these fictional characters so that you’re living the agony of love and art right along with them. Written in 1909, The Rosary is Christian fiction in the truest sense of the phrase: it is fiction written by someone who loves Jesus (Florence was, in fact, the sister of Salvation Army leader Maud Ballington Booth). Not a single transcribed sermon or ill-timed m ...more
Carolin
Jan 11, 2016 Carolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
i cried a river over my kindle. no lasting damage, luckily.
Hoyadaisy
Jan 07, 2014 Hoyadaisy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts as a sparkling little description of an eccentric duchess and her house party. Love quickly enters, and the book becomes maudlin in the extreme. "The Rosary" of the title refers to a popular song, in which the singer imagines each bead of the rosary as a memory. So, the book is not about the rosary, though religious references are frequent.
نشوى
من اروع قصص الحب التى قرأتها
الفلسفة المتناهية مع جمال الافكار وحبكة الرواية تجعلها فى منتهى الروعة حتى اننى اضعها مع غادة الكاميليا جنبا الى جنب
الرواية مترجمة للعربية فى سلسلة كتابى وايضا فى حتى تانية مش فاكرة اسمها
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“She had once been described, by one who saw below the surface, as a perfectly beautiful woman in an absolutely plain shell.” 10 likes
“I suddenly became conscious that, for the first time in my whole life, I was essential to somebody. I could not enter a room without realising that he was instantly aware of my presence; I could not leave a room without knowing that he would at once feel and regret my absence.” 0 likes
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