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The Reclaimers

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,414 / 241 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,888
Added to site: 2010.10.01 29136

Here is the fascinating tale of a young girl, an orphan, young, pretty, reared in luxury, who inherits a land claim in the Sage Brush country In western Kansas. She is in love with a poor artist and decides to give up her life of idleness to fight her own way. To carry out this plan she goes to Kansas, intending to earn a living on her ranch, but finds that it Is nothing but a "blow-out" land... acres and acres of sand on the edge of which she meets romance.

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id not object to shopping and more shopping, but art was getting outside of her dominion.

"It was a desert-like scene; just yellow-gray plains, with no trees at all. And in the farther distance the richest purples and reds of a sunset sky into which the land sort of diffused. No landscape on this earth was ever so yellow-gray, or any sunset ever so like the Book of Revelation, nor any horizon-line so wide and far away. It was the hyperbole of a freakish imagination. And yet, Aunt Jerry, there was a romantic lure in the thing, somehow."

Jerry Swaim's face was grave as she gazed with wide, unseeing eyes at the vista of fresh June meadows from which the odor of red clover, pulsing in on the cool west breeze of the late afternoon, mingled with the odor of white honeysuckle that twined among the climbing rose-vines above her.

"Humph! What else?" Aunt Jerry sniffed a disapproval of unpleasant landscapes in general and alluring romances in particular. Love of romance was not in her mental make-u

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

Sometimes long-winded. Hoped for a little more at the end. Definitely had some interesting twists and turns! Really LOVED IT!


I enjoyed the story line but felt that it could have had a little more depth to it. I had hoped that it would describe better how the prairie farmers in the early 1900's "reclaimed" the land. It was difficult to follow at times, especially in the beginning. It would probably make a better movie than a novel.



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