Affairs of State

Being an Account of Certain Surprising Adventures Which Befell an American Family in the Land of Windmills

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Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,303 / 148 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 12,492 7822

Two American girls, sojourning with their father at a little Dutch watering place, unintentionally become involved in a diplomatic intrigue which threatens the peace of Europe. A situation, humorous at first, rapidly becomes dramatic, and moves on to a breathless climax. There is also an absorbing, moving love story, in which Cupid, with the aid of American good looks, rules the destinies of England and Germany, and decides the question of the succession to the small but pivotal duchy of Schloshold-Markheim.

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who brings the mail coming up the dyke down yonder."

He stood gazing down the Digue until his womenkind reappeared, bedight, ready for the walk.

"You'll do," he said, looking them over critically. "In fact, my dears, if I wasn't afraid of making you conceited, I'd say I'd never seen two handsomer girls in my life."

"Now it's you who are blarneying, dad!" cried Susie, but she dimpled with pleasure nevertheless, and so did Nell.

"No I'm not," retorted Rushford; "and I dare say there are plenty of other men, even in this Dutch limbo, who have an eye for beauty; let them break their hearts, if they have any, but keep your own hearts whole, my dears."

They were laughing in earnest, now, as they looked up in his face, which had grown suddenly serious.

"Why, dad, what ails you?" questioned Sue. "I think it is you who need the pill!"

Rushford's face cleared; they were heart-whole thus far--there could be no doubt of that.

"Perhaps I do," he agreed. "Or perhaps it's only that I'm beginning to


Average Rating of 4.3 from 6 reviews: *****
Leah A. Zeldes

There are no windmills in this romance, but rather a fashionable Dutch seaside resort, much patronized by royalty. Here, two American sisters, vacationing with their businessman father, are drawn into the international intrigues over the succession of a German principality along with romance. A pleasant piece of fluff.


This is a delightful book full of romance and light adventure. Very well written.


Pretty good for an old-timey free book. Definitely worth a read!


A very enjoyable read.

Linda Otto

A tale of two totally improbable (but enjoyable) romances. It reads like a comic opera--full of histrionic misunderstandings and overblown comic characters. Don't take any of it seriously. It is simple escapist fun. Enjoy!


Lots of fun, misunderstandings, and romance. Not a detective story like other Stevenson work, so do not expect it here. Still well-written and enjoyable.

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