|Title:||Over the Border|
|Publisher:||Frederick A. Stokes Company|
|Tags:||adventure, Canadiana, fiction, romance|
The story begins as Frances Wentworth goes to London to see if her father will acknowledge her. There she does meet him, but it is the midst of the turmoil of the start of the hostility between King Charles and Cromwell. At her father's request she returns home to the countryside.
Circumstances have changed; her twin brother joins the Roundheads but is arrested for treachery when he leaves his post to visit his sweetheart. Cromwell offers him his life if he will follow a travelling Scot, William Armstrong, to Oxford, where Armstrong intends to gain a commission from the beleaguered king to take to the Scots. So young Wentworth falls in with Armstrong, since both their lives depend upon it. However, when they pass near Wentworth's home, the young man runs afoul of his sweetheart's father, who deals him a nasty sword-thrust. Armstrong carries him to his home, where Frances tends him; he is able to persuade her to undertake his mission when she knows his life depends on it. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Barr, Robert
Robert Barr (1850-1912) was a Canadian writer. Born in Scotland, he was brought to Canada with his family at the age of four. They eventually settled in Windsor, Ontario. Barr began his career teaching but soon migrated to the Detroit Free Press where he worked as a reporter. In 1881, he moved to London, England to establish a weekly edition of the DFP. Whilst there he co-founded with Jerome K. Jerome a magazine for men called The Idler. Barr wrote several novels mostly based on crime detective themes which were popular in the late 19th century. Some notable books include The Measure of a Rule (available here at Faded Page), a coming of age story which contains some penetrating insight into the social realities of boarding school life in Toronto. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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