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Opening a Chestnut Burr

Edward Payson Roe

Book Overview: 

Walter Gregory is a gentleman whose health is broken down by the stress of Wall Street and the consequences of his fast lifestyle. Disillusioned in love and betrayed in friendship, he returns to visit his childhood home in the country. Who is this young woman Annie Walton he finds there? Can she truly be as good as she seems? He determines to test her character to the utmost. Deceitful villains, fire, death, and nautical disasters all try our hero and heroine. She has shown him the saving faith that gives life. Can he rescue her from a false fiancé who would ruin hers?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .h the smiling complacency of a public door-keeper.

They were late. The good old pastor was absent, and one of the brethren was reading a chapter in the Bible. Gregory took a seat where he could see Annie plainly, and she sat with her side face toward him.

He watched her keenly, in order to see if she showed any consciousness of his presence. The only evidence in his favor was a slight flush and a firmness about the lips, as if her will was asserting itself. But soon her face had the peaceful and serious expression becoming the place and hour, and he saw that she had no thoughts for him whatever. He was determined to distract her attention, and by restlessness, by looking fixedly at her, sought her eye, but only secured the notice of some young girls who thought him "badly smitten with Miss Walton."

The long chapter having been read, a hymn was given out. The gentleman who usually led the music was also abse. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book brought some tears to my eyes. It was a bit preachy, but nothing I didn't agree with. I liked this quote: "One weakness, one wrong prepares the way of another as surely as when one soldier gets within the city he will open the gates to others; and Annie's temper that she had so long and...more

A deeply Christian story with a thoroughly delightful ending. There's a good bit of romance and outdoors.

Refreshing Read

This author is such a refreshing read. He writes with great insight into the heart of his characters. Though he wrote over a century ago, the reader quickly realizes that humanity has not changed. The wheat and the tares grow up together.