|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 (16 September 1849 – 21 October 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1881 Barr decided to "vamoose the ranch", as he stated, and relocated to London, to establish there the weekly English edition of the Detroit Free Press. In 1892 he founded the magazine The Idler, choosing Jerome K. Jerome as his collaborator (wanting, as Jerome said, "a popular name"). He retired from its co-editorship in 1895. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author—publishing a book a year—and was familiar with many of the best-selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well-known Barr published in the Idler the first Holmes parody, "The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs" (1892), a spoof that was continued a decade later in another Barr story, "The Adventure of the Second Swag" (1904). Despite the jibe at the growing Holmes phenomenon Barr and Doyle remained on very good terms. Doyle describes him in his memoirs Memories and Adventures as, "a volcanic Anglo—or rather Scot-American, with a violent manner, a wealth of strong adjectives, and one of the kindest natures underneath it all."--Wikipedia.
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