New York: Anson D.F. Randolph, 1870. Later issue, with advertisement for sequel The Winter Fire (1874) and other books by author before title. Octavo (17.5cm); green cloth, decoratively stamped in black and gilt; 175pp. Spine and margins sunned; corners bumped and rubbed; mild soil and dampstains; heel/crown of spine chipped. Contemporary bookseller's plate on front pastedown; gift inscription on second free endpaper (dated 1877); first few leaves slightly pulled; intermittent foxing. Very Good.
An early success for Rose Porter, an American novelist who specialized in religious romances. This particular story is told as a diary kept by a certain sweet young Annie over her nineteenth summer. She cultivates a romance with a young man who introduces her to an even deeper kind of love—the eternal love of Jesus Christ, just the thing to sustain our heroine through the inevitable third quarter tragedy... Porter went on to write more than 70 books, some of which are advertised in the rear of this volume.