Book summary: Beside the Pearly Water


Beside the Pearly Water is a short novel about the clash of ideas of peace and war in the Scottish Highlands. There to a millionaire's island comes Miss Julia Lanier, the beautiful and eloquent worker for the cause of peace. There she found love - and there she found a conflict which shattered the whole roots of her love.

In addition to Beside the Pearly Water there are eight stories which show Miss Gibbons at her best in varying moods. Some are gay, some serious, but all are entertaining. Two, The Madonna of the Crossings and The Other Side of the Medal have supernatural themes. Listen to the Magnolias tells of the fears and agitation of an elderly widow who is to have a number of American soldiers billeted on her, while Edwardian Afternoon is a delightful exercise in nostalgia.

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