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The Quicksilver Pool

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She fled the heartbreak of a war-torn South only to become caught up in a startling web of intrigue and mystery. When Lora marries Union soldier Wade Tyler she learns of his past, and as she moves closer to the heart of the mystery she finds herself on the edge of a shattering truth that someone will do anything to keep hidden forever.
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 31st 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1955)
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May 27, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is far flung from what we expect. Civil war is outside Lora’s home. (A reviewer thought Wade shot her Father. A stray bullet hit as he retrieved the crumpled soldier). Enjoyment of “The Quicksilver Pool”, 1955 is tremendous, if you accept the story it really tells! I’ve long admired the dramatic layers of "The Trembling Hills", 1956. I’m astounded Phyllis wove this masterpiece too. The 1950s clearly bore creative fire. The premise: Lori lost a sweetheart and Wade was widowed in Staten Islan ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Karri rated it it was amazing
As a young girl, I spent the majority of my time in a library. My Grandmother was a librarian and she would take me to the library where we would spend hours just looking around. To this day, walking around a library is how I relax.

Anyway, when I was a pre-teen, I stumbled across Phyllis A. Whitney. This was the very first book I read. Since then I have read almost all of her books. Quite a few people have commented on her style, saying it is dated. I try really hard not to take offense at thos
Oct 03, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title and back cover is deceiving. It makes it sound like a mystery or a suspense novel but it isn't. It is set during the civil war on Staten Island and climaxes with the Copperhead revolt when the draft is enacted. But the main story is about a family learning to love and forgive one another. Really it was a good story.
Jul 11, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
I absolutely love gothic romances with all of the mystery and the strong female characters. Phyllis A. Whitney is an amazing author incorporating an unforgettable story with amazing characters.
May 31, 2010 Deborah rated it liked it
Loved Phyllis Whitney as a teen and into my twenties. Nostalgia helps the ratings, probably, but I did enjoy these way back when.
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Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".

She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her ear
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