Heart’s Content

September 11, 2007

Heart’s Content


Illustrations in color by H. Weston Taylor. Page Decorations by Edward Stratton Holloway. Handsome cloth binding. In sealed packet $1.50 net

This is the tale of a summer love affair carried on by an unusual but altogether bewitching lover in a small summer resort in New England. Allan Shortland, a gentleman, a tramp, a poet and withal the happiest of happy men is the hero. Beryl Vernon, as pretty as the ripple of her name, is the heroine. Two more appealing personalities are seldom found within the covers of a book. Fun and plenty of it, romance and plenty of it, and an end full of happiness for the characters, and to the reader regret that the story is over. The illustrations by H. Weston Taylor, the decorations by Edward Stratton Holloway, and the tasteful sealed package are exquisite

(Not something I’m reading, by the way. Just an entertaining ad.)


  1. I first came to this post hoping to see if you’d read this one. It was in those ads back of some older google ebook and I downloaded it.
    I’d give it 3 out of 5.
    If you like clever, snappy dialog (think Clark Gable in ‘It Happened one Night’), you’ll have fun with this 200 page read for a few hours.
    The book takes place in the early 20th century in a tiny New England town.
    Slight spoilers ahead:
    Back story: A young rich vagabond while on a gondola in Venice has a brief encounter with a beautiful young girl going the other way. He spends the next 4 years travelling willy nilly, through Europe hoping to see her again, returning to Venice a few times.
    The book starts with him on a walking tour of New England stopping at the club of an acquaintance. He is first attracted to a house in the town and the story takes off from there.

    • Sounds good; I’ll put it on my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I just read this today and thought it was a great blend of comedy and romance! The main guy is just so extremely eccentric and nutty that it feels very fresh. I reviewed it: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2410208641
    Definitely recommend!

    • Thanks for linking to you review! You may have noticed that I posted this more than ten years ago, and I meant to read it then, but never did. Maybe this will push me to finally get to it.

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