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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  563 ratings  ·  83 reviews
First published in 1909, The Rosary tells the story of Jane Champion and Garth Dalmain. The Honourable Jane is plain, smart, and fiercely loyal. Garth is artistic, sensitive, and exceedingly handsome. After years of friendship, one night Garth hears Jane sing for the first time, and “the veil is lifted” to him. He declares his love to her, but Jane does not believe his lov ...more
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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
Maria M. 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
Laura McDonald
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
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
Nicholas Whyte

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
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
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
2.5* Was intrigued by the very high ratings - 4.12! Had to see what the fuss was about! Apparently a bestseller in 1910. 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
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
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.
Sep 19, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Gretchen Louise
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
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.
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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
Christie Howell
Just finished this book this morning. I Loved it!!!!!!!!! It is on my list of to read again in the future books. I wondered if anyone has read any of her other novels or has copies of them.
Lora Cumbie
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-
Dragostea nu este oarba. Dragostea vede mult mai departe si descopera frumosul, chiar si acolo unde oamenii normali nici nu banuiesc de existenta lui.
I very much enjoyed this quaint little turn-of-the-century love story. It's a bit long on melodrama, but the characters are so lovely that I forgive them.
While the writer was certainly talented and I could see this being a popular book when published, it was just a little too flowery for me. I suppose for fans of classic romance, it would really rate a 5 but the characters were a bit too flawless for me. I took me forever to even get into the book as the dialogue in the beginning was a bit much for me. I found myself just reading it to get to the end as I could basically predict what would happen. I read this for a book challenge in the category ...more
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Elizabeth S
Like Jane Eyre? Then you probably will like this book. It is not as well written but it is really quite lovely.
Jane Champion is in her thirties and very plain. Gareth Dalmain is several years younger, good looking and an artist. Jane may not be pretty but she is one cool girl and everyone likes her. She is smart and no nonsense and the sort of girl that we would all like as a friend.
She may be plain but she can sing beautifully( think Susan Boyle). One day she is asked to sing in the place of
Interesting little fact about this book which was written around 1910 or so. I try to find the original copies, or close to them, when I read older books but bought this in a contemporary paperback (which was oddly the dimensions of a workbook,wider than your typical book). I was reading and was distracted by the size of the book. I couldn't get into the feel of the book. Finally ended up stopping and going on-line and finding an original edition (you would be surprised how inexpensive old books ...more

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Everytime you read a book about a woman falling inlove with a blind man you think of Jane Eyre ; this is the reason why I started to read this book.I don't understand why people say that it resembles Jane Eyre!Sorry to burst your bubble but this book is nothing like that!Yes,this was a cute romantic story but it wasn't as intensive as the story of Jane , while the Jane Eyre book was about a rich man falling inlove with a maid and then loses everything and ends up blind w

This was a wonderful book, very much like "Jane Eyre". The hero's name is also Jane (is it a coincidence? Florence Barclay published her story half a century later, so perhaps she did know about the other book). Anyway, Jane Champion is another plain heroine and Garth is another kind of Mr. Rochester. He is the bachelor that every woman wants to "catch". One night he hears Jane sing and voila! But alas, Jane doesn't trust his love is genuine. This is kind of similar to the moment Jane Eyre finds ...more
Another early twentieth century novel. A period piece and an enjoyable read too. I'll probably go back and read passages again just for the enjoyment of them.

The songs that play a role in the storyline were actual pieces of music that would have been familiar to many readers of the era. You can listen to "The Rosary", by E. Nevin, here:, with lyrics here:

Veni, Creator Spiritus, by attributed to Rhabanus Maurus, 8th-
I just love this book...the English setting, the star crossed lovers, the blind hero and the plain determined heroine, Jane Campion, all make for a delicious read. It may have been written a long time ago, 1910, but the story flows so beautifully and so quickly, that you forget that the English society and the setting of that period are all gone now. What remains is a lovely love story, that is deeply engaging, touching,, and satisfying. I highly recommend it, but leave your modern 21st century ...more
Just re-read this for the first time in 30+ years. I have a fondness for sappy late 1800's-early 1900's popular women's fiction. And, by today's standards, this is extremely sappy. But buried in the outdated language is a typical Harlequin romance. Take one lady who is the pal of every guy but girlfriend of none. She doesn't fit the standard of 'beautiful" (too tall, too large, plain) and is quite taken aback when a young man of her circle suddenly proposes to her. She refuses. They part and ove ...more
I decided to read this book because one review said it was similar to Jane Austen's works. It definitely was a sweet story and I was thoroughly entertained by it. I appreciated the religious tones throughout,and the characters were all very unique and entertaining. I do wish that the author would have taken a little more time to lead up to the "falling in love" by the principal characters. It happened rather quickly and I wondered what in the world she was going to fill the rest of the 200 pages ...more
I liked the story and the concept of true love and the ideal of marriage relationships. However, for whatever reason, I wasn't totally sucked into the story. Just a relaxing, enjoyable read.
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