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The Wishing-Ring Man

Margaret Widdemer

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And if she waited for a real one she might wander alone about the parlors till she was an old, old maid with trailing gray braids.

There was a frozen silence.

"En-gaged?" said Grandfather faintly.

Grandfather had a code all to himself. He didn't know it, being a man, but he had. It forbade ever being taken by surprise, ever being at a loss, ever being in the wrong, or ever contradicting himself. This made for great respect, given to him by the world at large, his family, and himself; but it put him at a terrible disadvantage in things like this. He couldn't go back on what the great Alton Havenith had said for many years. Joy, shivering but desperate, knew this perfectly well, though she didn't formulate it.

"You always hoped for it," she told him firmly.

"I—I did," said Grandfather with an obvious discomfort, but with unabated loyalty to himself. Then he snatched at a pretext. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not as strong as the prequel, "The Rose-Garden Husband," but still a lovely book. The main characters are perhaps not quite as strong and the relationship between them not quite as beautiful. I especially enjoyed seeing Allen and Phyllis' relationship several years later.

I also enjoyed how it portr

Perhaps this book isn't great lit. But Margaret Widdermer was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet so she isn't all bad.
Joy is the heroine and we meet her as a rebellious( not really by our standards, she does nothing actually wrong) 19 year old who is sick of being on display at the whim of her poet Grand

4 1/2 stars.

I love books like this. The plot is somewhat predictable but I didn't mind. Joy is simply adorable, and John is great character as well. Phyllis and Allan of The Rose-Garden Husband are supporting characters. At one point, they all put on an amateur performance of Iolanthe, which made me very happy.

There are a few books like this that I've enjoyed very much, and I knew there had to be more somewhere! I'm glad to have found this one. It is sort of a sequel to The Rose-Garden Husband, that is to say, Phyllis & Allan play a pretty big part in it, though not the starring roles. This book is about

A sweet book written in 1910.

This is a "spin-off" to "The Rose-Garden Husband" -- it is not about Phyllis but she plays a lovely supporting role and it was so nice to see her again! But this story belongs to Joy Havenith and I really loved the beginning. There's a bit of Rapunzel about it, because Joy is kept pretty well tucked

This story started a little strangely, with Joy living with her grandparents and always being dressed in rather strange, flowing clothes as part of her grandfather's "muse", as he is a famous poet. Still, Widdemer manages to make this feel quite believable, and while everything that unfolds is a bit

Not as good as the Rose-Garden Husband but still good fun. The heroine does seem to be excessively childish for her age.

I was in the mood for something light and innocent, so picked up this story by Margaret Widdemer, a favorite author of mine. I was so surprised and pleased to find that it includes my favorites from "Rose-Garden Husband", Allan and Phyllis Harrington, as major characters. It has delightful nods to f