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The Powers and Maxine

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,572 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,126
Added to site: 2006.03.19 12872

"When a gifted and beautiful actress, who at the same time is a secret service agent for the British government, captivates Parisian society with her histrionic powers and incidentally breaks many hearts and gets into innumerable tragic situations, the narrative of her adventures could not possibly be dull. When it is told by C.N. & A.M. Williamson, those past-masters in the art of fiction, in such a dramatic book as 'The Powers and Maxine' every page throbs with interest." --The Boston Globe

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ere when she was playing in London with George Allendale. Everybody used to invite her to their houses, it seems. Ivor was telling me that he first met her here, and that it's such a pleasant memory, whenever he comes to this house. I suppose that's one reason he likes to come so much."

"No doubt," said Di sharply.

"He got so fascinated talking of her," I went on. "He almost forgot that he had a dance with Mrs. Allendale. Of course Maxine had made a great hit, and all that; but she didn't stand quite as high as she does now, since she's become the fashion in Paris. Perhaps she had nothing except her salary, then, whereas she must have saved up a lot of money by this time. I have an idea that Ivor would have proposed to her when she was in London if he'd thought her success established."

"Nonsense!" Di broke out, her cheeks very pink. "As if Ivor were the kind of man to think of such a thing!"

"He isn't very rich, and he is very ambitious. It would be bad for him to marry a poor gir

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Linda Otto

If you are looking for great literature, this is not it. But...if you are looking for a an escapist novel that cries out for popcorn and a comfy chair, you've found the right book. A nice way to spend a rainy evening--a complex plot with lots of twists and turns but all the while you have not a single doubt but that everything will magically turn out right in the end. Enjoy!



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