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At the Sign of the Jack O Lantern Paperback – December 31, 2009

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438533004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438533001
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa J. on August 31, 2013
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Originally published in 1902, Myrtle Reed's At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern is a delightful novel about a young, newly married couple and their adventures in their new home.

Upon the death of his Uncle Ebeneezer, a man he has never met, Harlan Carr becomes the new owner of Ebeneezer's stately home in the country. Eager to get away from New York City, Harlan and his new wife Dorothy immediately set out for the property, where Harlan, a writer, plans to compose his first novel. As they settle into their new home, Dorothy begins to think there is more to the house, and deceased Uncle Ebeneezer, than meets the eye. Dorothy's feelings are further compounded by the arrival of Ebeneezer's distant relatives, who have used his home as a summer gathering place for years and don't view Ebeneezer's death and the subsequent change in ownership as a reason to stop visiting. As a result, Harlan and Dorothy find themselves host to variety of guests, putting a strain on their marriage and jeopardizing the completion of Harlan's novel. Can their marriage, as well as Harlan's writing career, survive?

At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern is full of quirky characters, some loveable, some despicable. Harlan and Dorothy Carr are well-drawn and sympathetic, and it is easy to comprehend their mounting frustration as their new home is invaded by a steady stream of uninvited guests. The interaction of Harlan and Dorothy with their guests, as well as the guests' interaction with each other, is often times comic. Further hilarity ensues when each guest searches, under the cover of darkness, for the riches they just know Ebeneezer left behind for them. Even in death, however, it seems it is Uncle Ebeneezer who will have the last laugh.

As evident by the novel's title, At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern makes for a perfect autumn read. Nevertheless, given its comic nature and fabulous cast of characters it is a book that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
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