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A Humble Romance and Other Stories (Girlebooks Classics)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  2 reviews
A Humble Romance and Other Stories is a collection of short stories first published in 1887. Widely popular upon publication, the stories tell of rural New England folks, mostly women. Each story is engrossing, yet surprising in its simplicity of characters and plot. Far from beautiful heiresses or men on panting steeds, the main characters are mostly old spinsters and som ...more
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published June 15th 2008 by (first published 1887)
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Mel Foster
This book ought to get more attention because of the story "A Mistaken Charity" which is a masterful analysis of the interplay between acts of personal and community charity and the individual's desire to be self-sustaining.
3.5 stars. I'd probably have liked these stories even better if a number of the endings hadn't turned out a bit unsatisfying—some of them were unexpectedly downbeat where I'd expected a different resolution, others just seemed to fizzle a little toward the end. The beginnings, however, are quite wonderful; Freeman's descriptive writing paints charming pictures of the New England village and farm settings. Most of the stories (the title story an exception) involve middle-aged or elderly women, wi ...more
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She was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, and attended Mount Holyoke College (then, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for one year, from 1870–71. Freeman's parents were orthodox Congregationalists, causing her to have a very strict childhood.[1] Religious constraints play a key role in some of her works. She later finished her education at West Brattleboro Seminary. She ...more
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