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Edith and the Mysterious Stranger
     

Edith and the Mysterious Stranger

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by Linda Weaver Clarke
 

With mysterious letters, cattle rustlers, a spunky woman, the liar's fire, Halloween, and young love, there is always something happening. It is 1904 and Melinda is "with child" and threatening to miscarry. Her cousin Edith, a nurse, moves to Paris to care for her. Edith has wonderful qualities but never gives a man a second chance because her expectations are so

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With mysterious letters, cattle rustlers, a spunky woman, the liar's fire, Halloween, and young love, there is always something happening. It is 1904 and Melinda is "with child" and threatening to miscarry. Her cousin Edith, a nurse, moves to Paris to care for her. Edith has wonderful qualities but never gives a man a second chance because her expectations are so high. However, all that changes when a mysterious stranger begins to write to her. For the first time, she gets to know a man's inner soul before making any harsh judgments. Whoever he is, this man is a mystery and the best thing that has ever happened to her. The question that puzzles her is whether or not he's as wonderful in person as he is in his letters.

Editorial Reviews

Debra Gaynor

This is good Christian fiction. Ms. Clarke, this is a piece to be proud of. Well done!
Reader Views

Melynda Gascoyne

For anyone who likes to read classic-styled romance novels that also have a drop of history, this is the book for you. It is very easy to picture the scene you are reading. Clarke was able to write about love in a soft fashion. I was impressed with the eloquence in which Clarke spun her story. It was dramatic in some spots and yet contained simply-placed bits of humor.
The Amherst Bee, Buffalo

Page One Literary Book Review

Clarke displays an easy and excellent style of writing, blending adventure, romance, history, humor, and courage. A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho is an instant classic and should put this author on the literary map all over the world. A MUST read!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589824690
Publisher:
American Book Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

What People are Saying About This

Melynda Gascoyne
"For anyone who likes to read classic-styled romance novels that also have a drop of history, this is the book for you. It is very easy to picture the scene you are reading. Clarke was able to write about love in a soft fashion. I was impressed with the eloquence in which Clarke spun her story. It was dramatic in some spots and yet contained simply-placed bits of humor."--(Melynda Gascoyne, the Amherst Bee, Buffalo, New York)
Debra Gaynor
"This is good Christian fiction. Ms. Clarke, this is a piece to be proud of. Well done!"--(Debra Gaynor, Reader Views)

Meet the Author

Linda Weaver Clarke was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and has made her home in southern Utah among the beautiful red desert mountains. She is happily married and is the mother of six daughters and has four grandchildren.

The author earned her bachelor of arts degree at Southern Utah University and was awarded the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award for the College of Performing Arts in 2002. She writes articles for several newspapers and teaches a writing workshop where she encourages others to turn their family histories into a variety of interesting stories.

In addition to Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Mrs. Clarke has written another historical fiction love story, Melinda and the Wild West. This book, the first of five in a family saga, was a semifinalist for the Reader Views “Reviewers Choice Award in 2007.”

To learn more about this author or to schedule a speaking engagement, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

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Edith and the Mysterious Stranger 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
I loved this one almost as much as the first! What did the first one have that this one didn't? - The school teacher! I love stories about teachers. Now just so you know - this story wasn't missing anything! It was still a great read, I just liked the first one a little better. Again this story had great character development. There were a lot of characters in this book so there were many people to follow. But Linda does such a great job that you know who everyone is and still get a real feel for them. What I liked about this book was there were really 3 stories going on at the same time - and, NO it was not confusing! You had the continuing story of Melinda and her husband with the cattle drives. It had a grown-up Jenny (who I adore!) and how she has grown into a woman and is starting to take an interest in... men! And it also introduces Edith "the cousin" who comes to help Melinda and meets a couple of interesting gentlemen along the way. Once again Linda puts lots of interesting historical facts into this book - "How about Miss Monaghan? she worked as a gold miner. She was a cowboy and she served on many juries during the past thirty years. She wasn't about to let a man tell her how to live her life." "How can this be? You know that women are never called on juries, let alone allowed to work in gold mines. Besides that, A woman can't be a cowboy" "Well Pa, she lived as a man for thirty years without anyone knowing it. she went by the name of Joe Monaghan and has been living in Idaho up until recently." "Recently?" "Yes, she died last year." Now this is very interesting to me! I would love to read more about this woman. I am going to look her up and see if I can find anything about her. This is what I love about historical fiction. There is so much true history in them, it is so interesting to me. I love following through and learning more using the facts from the books. I also loved that this book talked a lot about using herbs for healing! I have been into alternative medicine for years. My daughter was raised with herbal healing. We always (until recently) had an herb garden and I made my own tinctures and teas. Great book, easy quick read. It was clean, romantic, with some suspense and adventure.
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Edith seldom agrees to allow a man to call on her a second time. She knows she¿s picky, but she¿s not willing to settle for less than what she knows she deserves. Called back home to Paris, Idaho, to take care of a cousin with a high-risk pregnancy, Edith finds herself relaxing her stubbornness regarding men who are interested in her. At odds with her mother, who is determined to set Edith up with the perfect man, Edith is determined to make her own decisions. Letters from a mysterious stranger cause Edith to consider new perspectives and perhaps soften her standards. Over time she learns the value of first impressions. Clarke¿s passion for her historical subject matter is apparent in the solid writing which transports the reader back in time effortlessly. Her multi-layered characters are unique individuals who evoke empathy. The experiences, challenges, dialogue, and dress are realistic for the time period and the descriptions are so vivid the reader is more a participant in the events than a page turner. This is the second of four novels in Linda Weaver Clarke¿s series A Family Saga in the Bear Lake Valley that mixes factual historical accounts with fiction. Clarke writes articles for newspapers and teaches a Family Legacy Workshop, encouraging people to write their family history and autobiographies. Edith and the Mysterious Stranger is a highly recommended read. It¿s a great adventure story with strong values. Great for the entire family. Reviewer: Lisa Haselton, Allbooks Reviews.