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A Hoosier Chronicle

Meredith Nicholson

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. . .n talking to her guests before they disembarked.

"Glad to see you, Andrew. You must be mighty hungry, Sylvia. Don't smash my dock to pieces, Captain; it's only wood."

Mrs. Owen complained after a few days that she saw nothing of Sylvia, so numerous were that young person's engagements. Mrs. Bassett and Marian called promptly—the former a trifle dazed by Sylvia's sudden advent, and Marian genuinely cordial. Mrs. Bassett had heard of the approaching visit with liveliest interest. A year before, when Marian had reported the presence in Mrs. Owen's house at Indianapolis of a strange girl with Professor Kelton, her curiosity had been piqued, but she soon dismissed the matter. Marian had carried home little information, and while Mrs. Bassett saw her aunt often on her frequent excursions to the city, she knew by long experience that Mrs. Owen did not yield gracefully to prodding.

Mrs. Bassett had heard all her life of Professor K. . . Read More

Community Reviews

2.5 stars
Wow...606 pages of fiction about Indiana politics in the early 1900s!! The book is pretty brilliantly drawn and shows Dan’s career and that of his mentor, but honestly so much politics just makes me snooze. :)

The sensibilities expressed in this novel are a hoot to read. It's very dated and spreads a golden glow over Indiana. For example, "A woman would have seen at once that this was a man's work; it was all a little too regular, suggesting engineering methods rather than polite gardening." after this...more

rather tedious and not nearly as good as some of his other work

The book starts out following the life of Sylvia Garrison, an orphan being raised by her grandfather. There's a secret in Sylvia's past, a secret being kept from her. But just as I was getting interested in her story, after only a few chapters, Sylvia is seemingly tossed out with the bathwater. T...more