A Novel. By Elinor Macartney Lane, author of "Mills of God."
Illustrated. 12mo. Cloth, $1.50.
"With very much the grace and charm of Robert Louis Stevenson, the
author of 'The Life of Nancy Stair' combines unusual gifts of narrative,
characterization, color, and humor. She has also delicacy, dramatic
quality, and that rare gift--historic imagination.
"'The Life of Nancy Stair' is interesting from the first sentence to the
last; the characters are vital and are, also, most entertaining company;
the denouement unexpected and picturesque and cleverly led up to from
one of the earliest chapters; the story moves swiftly and without a
hitch. Robert Burns is neither idealized nor caricatured; Sandy, Jock,
Pitcairn, Danvers Carmichael, and the Duke of Borthewicke are admirably
relieved against each other, and Nancy herself as irresistible as she is
natural. To be sure, she is a wonderful child, but then she manages to
make you believe she was a real one. Indeed, reality and naturalness are
two of the charms of a story that both reaches the heart and engages the
mind, and which can scarcely fail to make for itself a large audience. A
great deal of delightful talk and interesting incidents are used for the
development of the story. Whoever reads it will advise everybody he
knows to read it; and those who do not care for its literary quality
cannot escape the interest of a love-story full of incident and