Edward Payson Roe

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Edward Payson Roe (1838-1888)

Click on authors name above to view LV author page and book titles below to view Gutenberg page for texts.

So, I don't know how, but I get stuck on an author I really like & read all their books as fast as I can. :) Maybe these descriptions will be helpful to someone wanting to record. I'll add more on here as I read them.

A Face Illumined A young artist sees a lovely young woman at a concert. He is struck by her beauty in one instant, but is disturbed by her character revealed in the next. The artist seeks to acquaint himself with the girl, in the hope that he can somehow create in her character the beauty that he first saw in her face. He follows her family to their summer hotel and then the drama ensues. In trying to bring about changes in her character, he begins to understand his own failings. See how they are thrown together at last... ;)

A Young Girl's Wooing When Madge Alden was 17 an event occurred which promised to be the misfortune of her life. At first she was almost overwhelmed. A young and inexperienced girl, and considered an invalid, she finds strength to change and fight for her health and the man she loves.

"Miss Lou" Set near the end of the Civil War. A Union patrol comes through a plantation in the south, leaving an officer dying at Miss Lou's feet. Long story short, they fall in love all in the course of a day or two as she saves his life not once, or twice, but three times. This book was left unfinished when Roe died, but it does have his own planned ending described in a letter to a friend added on at the end so you will not be left hanging. The dialect of some of the characters (slaves & southerners both) is a bit hard but I got through it.
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The Earth Trembled Takes place in Charleston, SC during Reconstruction after Civil War. Mara is raised by a bitter Aunt determined to live in the past. Can she and her friends overcome barriers both internal and external that block them from love and life? Includes the Earthquake of 1886 as a fitting scene for a dramatic climax. (This does have lots of specific dialects that might be difficult to read.)

Nature's Serial Story A family in the CT countryside adopts an orphaned young lady a friend of her father. Both brothers, totally unalike, are smitten with her. Woven into the main plot is page after page of detailed and beautiful descriptions of all the local scenery, wildlife, farming, and methods used. Everything from fishing to growing apples is covered. Very pastoral. I have to admit I skipped over large portions, ;) (was more in the mood for the romance) so expect to read it as a description of country life ~150 years ago.

His Sombre Rivals Young man returns home to his Aunt and falls completely in love with their beautiful young neighbor. He comes to find out that his best friend has already met and proposed to her. What's an honorable young gentleman to do? Is there really anything more to this life than the present? Encompasses American Civil War and afterwards.

A Knight of the Nineteenth Century A young man rises above his faulty upbringing and above serious trouble to become a true Knight of the 19th century. After ending up in prison for embezzlement, and then being turned away from every house in the city but two, he becomes a Christian and manages through hard work and faithfulness to prove himself to everyone, and later goes through the Civil War and comes back a hero.

Barriers Burned Away After the death of his father, a young man moves to Chicago to try to support his mother and sisters. The "angel" of his dreams appears in the form of his rich employer's beautiful but haughty pagan daughter. As a struggling artist, he uses this medium to speak to her heart. Ends with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Only a few more to go! Whew! :)
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An Original Belle Faced with the realization that she is an incorrigible coquette, Marian determines to change her ways and be a loving daughter, and an encouraging friend to all who love her. From the beginning of the American Civil War through the New York City Draft Riots of 1863 (thrilling scenes here!), live a bit of history through the eyes of her friends and the man who is determined to become her one true love.

What Can She Do? When the sudden death of a wealthy business man throws his wife and daughters on the mercy of their own abilities to survive, what can they do? The eldest is still an invalid. The middle daughter manages to earn a living for the bankrupt family by moving to the country and finds her passion raising fruit. The Mom still schemes to find a rich husband for one of them, never mind if he is twice their age. The youngest runs off on hollow promises, a thing she regrets bitterly. They find forgiveness, love, and hope for eternity too.

Without a Home Follows a family through the experiences of losing all their wealth, moving to ever descending levels of city tenement poverty, forced standing of working shop girls, and worst of all, the fathers long struggle with opium addiction. It is of course not without hope, but don't expect a lighthearted romance here or happily-ever-afters for all the characters.

Taken Alive Several short stories make up this volume. All kinds. I've read a few of the shorter ones on short story collections...

The Home Acre Non-fiction. How to productively live on an acre of land.

Success With Small Fruits Non-fiction. Detailed growing information for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currents, & gooseberries.

...They were all so good! Especially all the exciting historical events. "Living History" because the author often found first hand accounts and/or people who where there (info. in a lot of the prefaces)...
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Oh thats so cool! I keep a master document with all kinds of texts i come across and a lot of roes books are in it, only i didnt get around to really reading his books yet. Ill bump him up after reading your descriptions though :D
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Here are two more I've just found and read, the last two I think:

The Hornet's Nest: A Story of Love and War That is, the American Revolutionary War. "The Hornet's Nest" refers to Charlotte, NC which is where this one is set. It is actually one of his shorter stories. Lots of historical drama and a little romance...

Near to Nature's Heart Also set during the American Revolution. Young Saville little realizes what he is in for when he marries a Tory wife. She comes to hate him and his involvement in the war and leaves him. But Saville has great hopes for this General George Washington who is leading the colonial forces. Who is this young girl he finds in the wilderness near the fort? What dark secret can her father be hiding to isolate his family from everyone?
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