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Theo

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

It's described as "A sprightly love story" and it is written by F. H. Burnett, "one of the most charming among American writers!"

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She liked to hear the girl talk.

"Love stories," more demurely still, "and poetry, and sometimes history; but not often history—love stories and poetry oftenest."

The clever old face was studying her with a novel sort of interest. Upon the whole, my lady was not sorry she had sent for Theodora North.

"And, of course, being a Downport baby, you have never had a lover. Pamela never had a lover before she came to me."

A lover. How Theodora started and blushed now to be sure!

"No, madame," she answered, and, in a perfect wonder of confusion, dropped her eyes, and was silent.

But the very next instant she raised them again at the sound of the door opening. Somebody was coming in, and it was evidently somebody who felt himself at home, and at liberty to come in as he pleased, and when the fancy took him, for he came unannounced entirely.

Theo found herself guilty of the impropriety of gazing at him wondering. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"Sprightly" it was not. It was a fairly forgettable, sentimental story about a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a young man who is engaged, and they both try to be all noble and self-sacrificing about it, only partly succeeding. The outcome hinges, not on them, but on the fiancee. Ultimate...more

More of a melodrama than a sprightly love story.
A young lady, only nearly a woman goes to London upon invitation by her aunt. As her family is poor, she is only able to go because her sister loans her dresses from when she had gone to her aunt some years before, the visit which was ended tragica...more

In realtà, due stelle e mezza: la Burnett pesca in questo caso nei luoghi comuni più scontati, e la sua bella e ingenua eroina non se ne avvantaggia. La storia è gradevole, ha qualche spunto originale, e la scrittura è sempre di alto livello; ma non considererei questo il suo miglior romanzo.

As beautiful as Theo undoubtedly was, I do wish as a heroine she had had more substance. A strong female character in the likes of Sara Crewe or Mary Lennox would have been a better match for intelligent Denis, the intrepid journalist. Theo's sister Pamela and Denis's fiancee Priscilla were much...more

2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

This novella wasn't bad, but it wasn't as memorable or interesting as FHB's other romances.

Multiple readers, but all did an excellent job.