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1902. Johnston, an American novelist, wrote books that combine romance with history. She is chiefly remembered for To Have and to Hold, a story of colonial Virginia, and its successor, Audrey. Audrey begins: The valley lay like a ribbon thrown into the midst of the encompassing hills. The grass which grew there was soft and fine and abundant; the trees which sprang from ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing
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Apr 14, 2015 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audrey is written in a style particular to the turn of the twentieth century. In order to "get into it", you have to adjust to the pace and effusiveness of historical romance of that period. It is a genuine adjustment, but once it is made, the rewards are rich. Put yourself in the position of a reader in 1902 when this book was published. The airplane was not invented until the next year, in 1903. Oklahoma wasn't a state until 1907 (Arizona and New Mexico followed in 1912). The first Ford "Model ...more
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It was OK except for the last few pages of the story, which so ticked me off. The ending just ruined the whole thing for me.
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The daughter of an American Civil War soldier who became a successful lawyer, Mary Johnston was born in the small town of Buchanan, Virginia. A small and frail girl, she was educated at home by family and tutors. She grew up with a love of books and was financially independent enough to devote herself to writing.

Johnston wrote historical books and novels that often combined romance with history. H
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