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Abducting Amy based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This classic story of poor girl seeks love in marriage and a wicked guardian who hopes to enrich himself with her marriage settlements, is told beautifully by this author. There are three abductions, three villains, and three close friends who aspire to Amy's hand. Of course there is a resistant true love as well. The names of the villains are priceless. The plot of a guardian forcing a young girl into an unwanted marriage is all too realistic of the time and the class. When her fragile mother is widowed and must return to the family who disowned her, Amy is pressed to make an advantageous marriage so that she can provide a safe home for her mother. Amy's villainous uncle, who rules by brute force, wants her to marry a wealthy man so that he can get a marriage settlement sufficient to pay off his debts. The premise that the girl could be an adventuress and a fortune hunter, for sale to the highest bidder, is realistic to the period. Although Amy is not a fortune hunter, she does need to marry money, but she wants love as well. As you might expect, the richest men are old and repulsive. Her concern with the financial health of her suitors sometimes gives the wrong impression, particularly in the case of the hero, who keeps reading her the wrong way. There are some serious issues addressed, that persist in today's world, especially the value placed on women. This was a time when women were considered chattel and the property of the men in charge of them. Abuse by a spouse or parental figure was not considered a crime and many unfortunate women and children were victims of this behavior. In spite of the serious tone of some of the story, the read was enjoyable, and kept me up all night reading it. The abductions had a comic tone that lightened up the story, balancing out the burdensome tone of the task facing Amy.