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The Rosary

Florence L. Barclay

Book Overview: 

“The Rosary” is a beautiful love story. Gareth Dalmain falls in love with the Honorable Jane Champion. She loves him back, but does not trust his love, as is known to be a great lover of beauty, and she – alas – is very plain. Just as she decides to trust him, she receives news that he has been blinded in a hunting accident. She wants to go visit him, but he will not receive her, as he wants only her love – not her pity. With the help of their mutual friend and doctor, she gets the position as his nurse under a presumed name, and thereby gets to know the ‘new’ Gareth.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lady Ingleby, "my house party is going on quite satisfactorily. Oh, and, Jane, there seems no doubt about Dal. How pleased I shall be if it comes off under my wing! The American girl is simply exquisite, and so vivacious and charming. And Dal has quite given up being silly—not that I ever thought him silly, but I know YOU did—and is very quiet and pensive; really were it any one but he, one would almost say 'dull.' And they roam about together in the most approved fashion. I try to get the aunt to make all her remarks to me. I am so afraid of her putting Dal off. He is so fastidious. I have promised Billy anything, up to the half of my kingdom, if he will sit at the feet of Mrs. Parker Bangs and listen to her wisdom, answer her questions, and keep her away from Dal. Billy is being so abjectly devoted in his attentions to Mrs. Parker Bangs that I begin to have fears lest he intends asking me to kiss him; in which case I shall hand him over to you to chastise. Y. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Can I give this 6 stars? Or more? It was so, so sweet, and I am learning that I really love these obscure books written around the turn of the 20th century. The dialogue was rich and thoughtful and the characters were all just entirely lovable. There was a strong sense of nobility, dignity, and f...more

What a find! I'm so glad I found this book. It is truly engrossing from the first pages. And as deeply moving as any Bronte or Austen work. The first half of the book is so perfectly written and edited that I could see the scenes enacted in my head as if watching a movie--for some reason I pictur...more

2.5* Was intrigued by the very high ratings - 4.12! Had to see what the fuss was about! Apparently a bestseller in 1910. Well...it had it's appeal for me too - I love a heroine who is "plain" (what does that really mean, anyway - not "ugly", it seems, only heroes are allowed to be downright hideo...more

Melodramatic suffering, sighing and professions of love at their height, which in any other book would induce episodes of gagging and eye rolling in this reader, but which, for some reason, induced feelings of protective loyalty instead. I was convinced that though the dialogue exchanged would be...more

The Rosary is one of those wonderful but unfortunately completely overlooked books. It deserves to rank as high as books by Jane Austen, L.M. Alcott, Charlotte Bronte and L.M. Montgomery, yet few people have ever heard of it. Such a shame because it is one of the most beautiful and romantic books...more

this quote summarize the whole theme of the novel...
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart"
Kahlil Gibran
i read it, and really enjoyed...

talks about the inner beauty And the extent to which it can overcome the beauty of appearance......and that beauty is in the eye of the behol...more

"Pe tatăl ei, Ioana îl vedea foarte rar; în primul rând pentru că omul acesta nu o putuse ierta niciodată, că se născuse fată, când el ar fi dorit un băiat și în al doilea, pentru că născându-se fată moștenise urâțenia lui, în loc să fi moștenit frumusețea mamei ei. Părinții nu-și dau seama că su...more

I am a little torn. The love story in this book is really touching and unique. And there is so many true and beautiful thoughts:

"but I suddenly became conscious that, for the first time in my whole life, I was essential to somebody. I could not enter a room without realising that he was instantly...more

This is not really historical in that, though it is set in the early part of the 20th century, it was written around that time so it was contemporary for the author. "The Rosary" is one of my five favourite books - all romances. I have read it more than a dozen times since I first read it as a yo...more

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