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The Missing Bride

E.D.E.N. Southworth

Book Overview: 

Prepare yourself for a journey, full of adventures and plot twists which will keep you guessing until the very end. This is psychological romance at its best. In the war of 1814, an American heiress falls in love with a British officer. This ill-fated marriage brings together a large group of interesting people who would never have met in other circumstances.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . her brow several times, as if to clear her mental vision, and gazing upon Edith, said:

"Ah! old playmate! Did the palms lie? The ravaged tome, the blood-stained hearth, and the burning roof for me—the fated nuptials, the murdered bridegroom, and the fatherless child for you. Did the palms lie, Edith? You were ever incredulous! Answer, did the palms lie?"

"The prediction was partly fulfilled, as it was very likely to be at the time our neighborhood was overrun by a ruthless foe. It happened so, poor Fanny! You did not know the future, any more than I did—no one on earth knows the mysteries of the future, 'not the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.'"

This seemed to annoy the poor creature—soothsaying, by palmistry, had been her weakness in her brighter days, and now the strange propensity clung to her through the dark night of her sorrows, and received strength from her ins. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is an entertaining book, written in the late 1800's, about life in the early 1800's. The female leads are young and driven by society's norms. The elders are fairly nasty and the young men are angelic. Marriage, murder, and religion play significant roles in the story. Note that slavery is inte

It was a bit thick with the Victoria goodiness of certain people but overall it was a good story.

I went into the story comparing it too much to some of the author's other works: The Hidden Hand, and Ishmael or Self-Raised. It reads similar to The Hidden Hand but it didn't feel as expertly done as that wonderful story was.

The beginning was confusing as there was a string of brides and it was ver