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Kathleen Thompson Norris (1880 - 1966), a renowned American novelist and journalist, was born in San Francisco. She attended a special course at the University of California and worked for variousSan Francisco newspapers. Norris became one of the most famous writers of her time with her articles, stories, and idealized family novels on themes such as love, feminism, struggle, and poverty. Her writings include Certain People of Importance (1922), Mother (1911), and One Nation Indivisible (1942). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (July 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1112284249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1112284243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,448,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joleen on November 26, 2009
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Harriet doesn't start out to be a completely likable character. She seems at first like she wants wealth and position and plans to get it from this wealthy family for which she is employed as a secretary. Slightly schemey, but she redeems herself and you end up liking her a lot. Anti-climactic ending makes you feel as if there could have been a bit more to it, but the story is sweet, and keeps your interest fairly well. I enjoyed the clean nature of the book and several plot morals. To tell you the truth, I read the whole book and I still can't tell you who the piper was. I must have missed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kcarter71 on May 23, 2009
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This centers around Harriet who gets herself in alot of different situations where she is always trying to do the right thing and make a good life for herself among the wealthy it is set in an earlier time period and has a lot of interesting characters. Harriet being from a simple and poor family wants more out of life and eventually finds true love and fortunes.
I love these books by Kathleen Thompson and love that they are totally free on the kindle!
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This is the story of Miss Harriet Field, 27, strikingly beautiful, and employed by the wealthy Carter family. Originally the nanny to Nina, her duties have expanded to being secretary to Mrs. Isabelle Carter, friend to son Ward and the go-to person when there is tea to be poured.

Isabelle Carter is a gorgeous 41 year old woman and she knows it! A huge flirt, she is pursued by men of all ages. Her husband, Richard keeps very much in the background and Harriet is the only one who really sees him.
Ward is so much fun to be around and even though Harriet is the older of the two she does seriously consider his offer to marry him.

Everything is going along quite nicely for Harriet until a certain gentleman named Royal Blondin
appears on the scene. It would seem that Harriet is a woman with a past, a past which included Blondin and she is seriously freaked out when she sees him for the first time in years. They come to an agreement to pretend they'd never met. This benefits Blondin in that he is quite interested in Nina and the fabulous inheritance she's about to come into.

In an amazing twist, Isabelle actually runs off with one of her particularly young admirers. Apparently in the 1920's this was considered to be in such bad taste that the entire family has to abruptly leave town to escape inevitable gossip.

The family has come to depend on Harriet even more during this stressful time. Harriet realizes that she is in love with Richard Carter, who actually suggests to Harriet they marry to keep people from talking. Harriet refuses, saying she can't marry a divorced man, which is interesting because you know she must have done something completely horrific with Royal Blondin, but what?
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It's almost comical how much better these old stories are than anything comparable being written today. Today's romance novels seem to be written about children, especially when compared to this novel where three-dimensional characters wrestle with real problems and actually concern themselves with morality. I loved how Harriet changes in this novel and how, the closer she gets to what she thinks is her goal, the more she realizes what is and isn't important. I also loved how the author takes us inside this early-twentieth century world on the Hudson and brings it so vividly to life. It's hard to believe people ever lived like this--and maybe they didn't!--but real or not, the worlds Kathleen Norris created are wonderful places to visit.
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