The Hidden Hand

The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth, 3/5

This book has many attributes of 19th century literature that I dislike, such as an overly moralistic and preachy tone, an improbably tidy plot/ending, and annoying martyr-like characters.  I was also put off by Southworth’s overuse of italics and exclamation points.  That said, it is still a fun and entertaining read.  I think I would have enjoyed it more if I got to read it from a vintage version, instead of a chintzy, modern reprint with a dreadful painting on the cover.


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