COLIN LOWRIE by Norah Lofts


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Here is a novel in the Anthony Adverse school, with a grand plot, good background, good characterization. It lacks the lusty vigor, the sheer masculinity of Anthony Adverse, but it has many elements of popular appeal. The story stems from the Jacobite reverses of the '45, when Colin, son of a father crippled in the rebelion of the '15, has a part in saving one of the royalist leaders, and is forced to flee his home, with a price on his head. Follows a picaresque adventure yarn -- the open sea, piracy, slavery in the Indies, a French invasion and escape, Virginia and life as a peddler first, then a planter, love and adventure throughout, with one tragedy marking his emotional life, and a final twist of fortune which gives him the choice between love and ease in Virginia -- or freedom to follow the dream of repossessing his old home in Scotland. Well paced and readable. It should be easy to sell and rent.

Publisher: Knopf