“To my way of thinking and working, the greatest service a piece of fiction can do any reader is to leave him with a higher ideal of life than he had when he began. If in one small degree it shows him where he can be...gentler, saner, cleaner, kindlier...it is a wonder-working book. If it opens his eyes to one beauty in nature he never saw for himself and leads him one step toward the God of the Universe, it is a beneficial book...” ― Gene Stratton-Porter In Gene Stratton-Porter's novel, The Harvester, a noble and kind man harvests wild plants for medicines. When meets the woman of his dreams, he pursues her with all his heart.
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The Harvester is the story of David Langston, a solitary young man who harvests and sells medicinal herbs which he collects from his forested lands. He believes he needs nothing more than his work, his simple cabin and his trusty dog for companionship...that is until a hauntingly beautiful and demure vision visits him, and suddenly, he knows that it is the woman of his dreams. At that moment he realizes how truly lonely he has been, and that it is possible that a woman could share his home among the wild plants and herbs he collects...but first he must find this woman in his vision, and win her.
Freckles of the Limberlost Swamp, has entertained millions of people since the turn of the century. It is an engaging story about a courageous young man determined to overcome the hardships life has handed him and make a better life for himself. Left as an abused and handicapped child on the steps of an orphanage, Freckles grows up under horrid conditions. Unwilling to let his past defeat him, he sets out to make his way in the world. Uneducated, and unskilled, Freckles beats the odds, and lands a job with the Grand Rapid Lumber Co. as the timber watchman. But in order to keep the job he must face malicious timber thieves, snakes, and other creatures in the swamp. Like everything he does, Freckles attacks the challenges he faces with strength and determination, gaining the respect and admiration of his boss, co-workers, and even the creatures of the Limberlost swamp.
At the Foot Of the Rainbow is the story of Jimmy Malone and Dannie Micnoun, an Irish and a Scottish immigrant living at the foot of the Rainbow River in late 19th century Indiana.. Both young men have been the best of friends since childhood, unfortunately both men are in love with the same woman, Mary. Although, it is Jimmy who wins Mary’s hand in marriage, Dannie remains a faithful friend to the couple, keeping his true feelings to himself, even as he watches his best friend become a drunkard, and Mary suffers...but after fifteen years a most unusual occurrence reveals an undisclosed truth, and the long time friends must deal with a new twist in their relationship.