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The Maid of Maiden Lane

by Amelia E. Barr

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Never, in all its history, was the proud and opulent city of New York more glad and gay than in the bright spring days of Seventeen-Hundred-and-Ninety-One. It had put out of sight every trace of British rule and occupancy, all its homes had been restored and re-furnished, and its sacred places re-consecrated and adorned. Like a young giant ready to run a race, it stood on tiptoe, eager for adventure and discovery—sending ships to the ends of the world, and round the world, on messages of commerce and friendship, and encouraging with applause and rewards that wonderful spirit of scientific invention, which was the Epic of the youthful nation. The skies of Italy were not bluer than the skies above it; the sunshine of Arcadia not brighter or more genial. It was a city of beautiful, and even splendid, homes; and all the length and breadth of its streets were shaded by trees, in whose green shadows dwelt and walked some of the greatest men of the century.

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Amelia E. Barr

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr was a British novelist.

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    Well, the story itself is written as five stars. Set mostly in America from 1781-1793, it provides an interesting historical perspective on the American opinion concerning the French Revolution. The love story is sweet until the Great Accidental Misunderstanding, which is what knocked a star off for me. And there was also the matter of a great curse that the hero swore when he found out how he had been deceived. Other than that, a good solid historical with a strong Christian-faith message.

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