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Flower of the Dusk

Myrtle Reed

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Barbara to have hers and she had never delivered the other to the person to whom it was addressed—so often does the arrogant power of the living deny the holiest wishes of the dead.

The whole scene came vividly back to Miriam—the late afternoon sun streaming in glory from the far hills into Constance North's dainty sitting-room, upstairs; the golden-haired woman, in the full splendour of her youth and beauty, lying upon the couch asleep, with a smile of heavenly peace upon her lips; the blind man's hands straying over her as she lay there, with his tears falling upon her face, and blue-eyed Barbara, cooing and laughing in her own little bed in the next room.

Years of Torture

Miriam had found the notes on the dressing-table, and had lied. She had said there were but two when, in reality, there were four. Two had been read and destroyed; the other two, with unbroken seals, were waiting to be read. She was keeping the one for Barbara; the othe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A nice little story

It was a fast and classic. I really like Mrs Reed. She writes with the warmth as Alcott or Montgomery.

Reading this was like a dream. I savored every page of it. There was periods of (emotional) action and periods of peace, and it was balanced well. The imagery was beautifully painted by words and there were hints at the beginning that had relevance later on, I loved it. I’m giving it 4, because I do

This was a charming story, written in 1908. It was almost a fairy tale, with a fairy godmother who helps to solve all problems and work out all situations so that our young couple have the chance for true love and happiness. I loved the old fashioned setting of a town near the sea, neighbors who are

Absurdly sentimental and melodramatic. Saccharine, even. But I couldn't help enjoying it. It was the perfect counterweight to Crime and Punishment which I am currently slogging through. After reading the ravings of a murderer driven mad by guilt, Reed's romantic excesses seemed positively sane.

A beautifully written book. The story just unwinds and carries you along with it. The style is also remarkably modern (written in 1908).