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A Daughter of the Vine

Gertrude Atherton

Book Overview: 

We are introduced to Englishman Dudley Thorpe on the evening of his arrival in California. At a ball, he is introduced to several belles, including the lovely Nina Randolph. Is this the start of something special? Dudley thinks so, but what about Nina? Why won't she open herself up to love? She is obviously attracted to Dudley. What is the dark secret she is hiding? Will it make a difference to Dudley's feelings? Who will be there for her in her time of need? Dudley or her odious cousin, Richard Clough? And what will San Francisco society make of it all?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ther or mother of one, and was of an individuality so pronounced that the stranger marvelled they were not all at one another’s throats. But he had never seen people more amiable and fraternal.

He did not see Nina alone again until a few moments before he left. He drew her out into the hall while Hastings was saying good-night to Mr. Randolph.

“May I come often?” he asked.

“Will you?”

“I certainly shall.”

“Will you talk to me about things that men scarcely ever talk to girls about,—books and art—and—what one thinks about more than what one does.”

“I’ll talk about anything under heaven that [Pg 58]you want to talk about—particularly yourself.”

“I don’t want to talk about myself.”

Her face was sparkling with coquetry, but it flushed under the intensity of his gaze. His brown skin was pale. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the fifth novel by Gertrude Atherton that I have read this year, but not one of the best. I have come to look forward to her lively and luscious descriptions of life in mid-19th-century San Francisco and its rural surroundings. Atherton has a knack of balancing the main story (usually a roma

4.5 stars

***I read this novel as part of the collected works of Gertrude Atherton.***
Atherton was a serious writer of psychological fiction in the vein of Edith Wharton and Henry James in the late 19th/turn of the 20th century but has sadly been largely forgotten, probably because, unlike Wharton an