Katherine Wainwright Osborne has always been one to flaunt society’s conventions. In 1905, New York society daughters did not elope to marry someone outside their social circle. They did not run Florida orange groves, which Katherine chose to do after the untimely deaths of her husband and father-in-law. Proper society women spent their summers in the Adirondacks and their winters in the city.
Katherine has done her best to run the orange groves, but her husband had left her little money, drinking and gambling away the rest. In order to save her beloved groves, she agrees to return with her father to the Adirondacks for the summer in exchange for a loan. Katherine plans to return to Florida in the fall, but her mother is conspiring to marry her off to Charles Clarke, the eligible son of her mother’s best friend.
Complicating matters is Charles’ cousin Andrew, who works for Katherine’s father, and Harriet Roles and her son. Katherine gets conflicting advice from her mother and her Aunt Letty, and must decide what path God would have her tread.
I found this to be a very enjoyable read, with more spiritual meat than James’ previous novels. Katherine has difficult choices to make; in fact, a number of characters must choose between a comfortable path and their true calling.
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