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An Original Belle

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  3 reviews
1885. One of the purposes of this story is to illustrate the power of a young girl not so beautiful or so good as many of her sisters. She was rather commonplace at first, but circumstances led her to the endeavor to be true to her own nature and conscience and to adopt a very simple scheme of life. She achieved no marvelous success, nothing beyond the ability of multitude ...more
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Carrie Aulenbacher
Although I believe this is what many at the time considered a 'romance', this was a very interesting read as it contained several thrilling passages about battles that took place during the Civil War. I enjoyed the high moral content of the characters, especially the evolution of Miss Marian Vosburgh. What I most appreciated from the author was the relationship between Miss Marian and Mr. Merwyn. With the additional input by Marian's father, the reader knows both main characters feelings and int ...more
This book is a fantastic study of how a woman can bring out the best in the people around her by being an encouragement to others.
I love reading Edward Payson Roe because his characters start out normal people and then become somehow larger than life by doing the right thing. Whenever I read him (or Louisa May Alcott, or L.M. Montgomery), I feel as if I ought to be doing something better. The next step, of course, is to actually follow the characters' examples.

In An Original Belle (takes place during the Civil War), young Marian is a flirt until she hears the maid putting off her own suitor by using her as an example. Shoc
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Reverend Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888) was an American novelist born in Moodna, Orange County, New York. He studied at Williams College and at Auburn Theological Seminary. In 1862 he became chaplain of the Second New York Cavalry, U.S. V., and in 1864 chaplain of Hampton Hospital, in Virginia. In 1866-74 he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Highland Falls, New York. In 1874 he moved to Corn ...more
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