This neat old book is “From Jest To Earnest” by E.P. Roe and published by Grosset and Dunlap. The last copyright on it is 1903 making this an early 1900s copy of the original 1875 work. Z.P. Nikolaki did the cover artwork. This is a Christian moral tale and romance with a review below that was posted by a reader on goodreads.
This book is app. 7”x5” with 435 pages. This has cloth over hard boards with paste down art. This is in good condition overall with some corner, edge, spine wear and bumping. There is soiling and fading to the covers, and there is some wear and soiling to the paste down illustration. There is some old moisture staining to some pages at the top edge - no sticking or smell. The binding is tight and all pages intact. There is age toning. The book is complete.
“The time is Christmas, and the setting is at a lovely house in the country, owned by Lottie Marsden's aunt, who has invited her among other relatives, (including a dandy cousin who has his cap set for Lottie), to spend the holiday there. Everyone has arrived when they here that another cousin, (poorer), is coming-a soon to be minister. Lottie, a well known belle, proposes to trick him into falling in love with her, by pretending to be pious and in need of guidance-in jest. However, when the cousin arrives, he is not at all as she expected, and it isn't too far into the story before her jest, turns into earnest! A wonderful Christian fiction read, that uplifts and leaves the reader satisfied to the brim…”
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