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Author: E. J. Rath (Edith Rathbone Brainerd and J. Chauncey Brainerd)
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,580 / 203 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,816
Added to site: 2010.05.08 27655

Socialite Rosalind Chalmers escapes the romantic entanglements of the city by fleeing to the remote island estate of the Witherbees -- and is immediately engulfed in mysterious and humorous confusion involving burglary, espionage, smuggling, and a boatman named Sam.

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ns," he responded briefly.

"Reasons! What reasons?"

His only answer was a shrug.

"I demand to be told why you sent those people away."

There was another hunch of his shoulders.

"Do you mean deliberately to keep me out here in this boat all night?"

"Oh, not at all!" he said easily.

"Then why did you--"

"Sorry. Can't explain."

Miss Chalmers sat down with a gasp and tried to consider the situation.

It was past midnight. The launch was slowly drifting down-stream in a steadily broadening channel. The boatman was unable to operate his engine, and had refused an offer of help. He was probably mad. She wondered if he was dangerous.

For several minutes she sat in silence, watching him as he fussed about the machinery in an amateurish fashion. Then she gritted her teeth and aroused herself to action.

"Get out of the way!" she commanded.

He moved to make a place for her, and once more she knelt on the greasy flooring. Very patien


Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****

A fun read with a bit of a twist at the end.

Linda Otto

I liked it. It wasn't at all what I expected. Wealthy Rosalind Chalmers is absolutely defined by her family's longstanding place in the Social Register. She condescends to deal when required with the common (anyone not in the "register") people--a tiresome necessity. Then she meets Sam--a deplorably common boatman and her life is turned upside down. Who is Sam? For that matter, is anyone who they say they are?

Don't misunderstand--this is not a book to be taken seriously! There is lots of comedy here. I could almost see the 1930s movie as I read. It was great, escapist fun. Definitely a worthy read. Enjoy!


An entertaining little story of the Thousand Islands in 1915, when they were the preferred playground of NYC's (and others, I guess) very rich. Nowadays, of course, travel options have increased, but the islands do remain, and the settings in this book may easily be experienced first-hand and little changed in the past 100 years.

Storywise, at least an 8, if not more.

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