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Old Rose and Silver

Myrtle Reed

Book Overview: 

The novel follows the lives of Rose and her widowed Aunt, Madame Francesca Bernard, along with young visitor and cousin Isabel, whose lives are changed by the return of an old friend and neighbor Colonel Kent, and his grown son, Allison. Other characters that help shape their lives in significant ways are the Crosby twins, unconventional and uninhibited youths that set society at naught, and an unconventional doctor who specializes in the impossible. Through the limited "wide-scope" descriptions the reader is not sure of the historical setting or even in which decade it's set, but it helps to understand the focus of the story; after all it's about their own little world, and how their own hearts and lives fit together in the tight confines of their town, their garden, their friendships and lives.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . good for the greatest number' bears heavily upon the few."

"Of course," Isabel agreed, after a moment's pause. "Your friends, the
Crosby twins, have called," she continued.

"Really?" Allison asked, with interest. "How do you like them?"

"I wish they'd come often," she smiled. "They remind me of a field of red clover, they're so breezy and so wholesome."

"I must hunt 'em up," he returned, absently. "They used to be regular little devils. It's a shame for them to have all that money."

"Why?"

"Because they'll waste it. They don't know how to use it."

"Perhaps they do, in a way. One Fourth of July they gave every orphan in the Orphans' Home two dollars' worth of fireworks. Anybody else would have wasted the money on shoes, or hats."

"I see you haven't grown up. Would you rather have fireworks. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Loved this book. Bought it at a quaint bookshop because of the gorgeous cover (not the one pictured), and read it. The prose in it is absolutely stunning, the insights often quite serious and well thought out, and the characters fairly realistic. My only complaints are the utter idiocy of Isabel...more

I loved this story of "old" Rose and young Silver. Rose is 40. Allison, our hero, is 30, and Isabel (Silver) is 20. Youth and beauty versus maturity and grace, all watched over by dear Aunt Francesca who is full of kindness and wisdom.
Favorite quotes: "Sometimes I think it's better to feed the so...more

One of the most popular themes for a work of fiction is love. This premise was a staple in literary works in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. Old Rose and Silver by Myrtle Reed relays the many faces of love. Although love is experienced by almost every human being, it is uniquel...more

I enjoyed this very much. The language was quite flowery, but reading a book actually written in 1900, instead of a modern interpretation is fascinating to me.
The main characters are two 70 plus year old friends. a forty year old woman, a thirty year old man, and a twenty year old woman, and thei...more

Nothing compares to At The Sign Of The Jack O Lantern that I've yet read by Myrtle Reed. Old Rose And Silver did make me laugh at the end though. I started feeling like I was watching a bit of vaudeville that wasn't sure if it wanted to be drama or not. At first there were characters that had som...more

One of the joys of reading old books is that every once in a while you stumble upon a forgotten gem. I was browsing the public-domain treasure-trove of the Kindle store, and picked up Old Rose and Silver (published 1909) because it looked rather interesting from a few reviews. From the very first...more

Beautiful prose. I found myself stopping to reread passages that were so breathtakingly stirring that I could not move on. If you are a musician, the vivid description of Rose accompanying Allison on his violin..her experience...stunning, really.

I had first searched for OLD ROSE AND SILVER years...more

I read Myrtle Reed's "Lavender and Old Lace" before "Old Rose and Silver" and I loved it. Therefore, I had high expectations for "Old Rose and Silver" and, in a way, I wasn't disappointed. I loved Madame Francesca and no one can help loving the crazy but earnest Crosby Twins. I appreciated the co...more

A great old romance! My favorite passage is "The heart of a man is divided into many compartments, mostly isolated. Sometimes there is a door between two of them, or even three may be joined, but usually, each one is complete in itself. Within the different chambers his soul sojourns as it will,...more

Lovely old romance published in 1911. "Old Rose" is a single woman approaching forty. Rose is lovely and musically gifted, patient and kind. "Silver" (Isabel) is a young lady, flashy and beautiful, but immature and superficial. Allison is a musically gifted young man, caught between his attractio...more

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