Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League

Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League

Cordelia Underwood Or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League In the idyllic summer of in Portland Maine several people are embarking on adventures of a most audacious and entertaining nature The lovely Cordelia Underwood unexpectedly inherits a large par

  • Title: Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League
  • Author: Van Reid
  • ISBN: 9780140280104
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the idyllic summer of 1896 in Portland, Maine, several people are embarking on adventures of a most audacious and entertaining nature The lovely Cordelia Underwood unexpectedly inherits a large parcel of land, and discovers that it holds an irresistible secret it is her newfound friend, Tobias Walton a man of a certain age and Pickwickian characteristics who wilIn the idyllic summer of 1896 in Portland, Maine, several people are embarking on adventures of a most audacious and entertaining nature The lovely Cordelia Underwood unexpectedly inherits a large parcel of land, and discovers that it holds an irresistible secret it is her newfound friend, Tobias Walton a man of a certain age and Pickwickian characteristics who will eventually help her to unravel the mystery In parallel journeys up the coast of Maine, Cordelia collects a handsome suitor and several opinionated relatives, and Mister Walton is soon accompanied by an entourage of hapless friends the honorable members of the Moosepath League Together this motley group encounters a colorful variety of true Maine eccentrics from old salts to bootleggers, grande dames to prospective beaus and find themselves embroiled in some good old fashioned wonderment and laughter that includes a boxing match between two aging politicians, an escaped circus bear named Maude, a dastardly kidnapping, and the parachutist Mrs Roberto in her attractive suit of tights Superbly written, with a vivid sense of place and period, this is a book for any day that begs a few hours of pure delight.

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    I loved this book, but sadly I would be hesitant to recommend it to anyone, unless I really knew what type of book that they liked, because, as Abraham Lincoln (I believe it was him) so aptly put it, "this is a very good book for people who like this sort of book." What sort of book was it? Well, it takes place during the Victorian era in Maine over less than a week's time period, and is written in a sprawling and rambling Dickensian style. In fact, it was so convincingly Dickensian that I was a [...]

    Oh my word. This book gives new meaning to "leisurely." I read it aloud to my kids, and my son, who is a connoisseur of the quirky, is convinced that the author meant all the elaborate descriptions of sunlight dappling the gently shifting leaves of the birch, oaks, elms, etc etc. as a hugely extended Joke. Maybe he's right. Anyway, there Are some amusing scenes in the book, and some of the characters are charming, but there are also vast expanses of excessively detailed description. Nothing actu [...]

    The cover design for this series does the author no favors. What lurks beneath this generic, vaguely chick-lit-y, vaguely historical cover is a rollicking adventure with terrific characters, gentle humor and various deeds of derring-do. This is the first of Reid's Moosepath books, and an entertaining introduction to the wonders of small-town life in turn of the century Maine. If you can read this and not come away from it with a bit of a crush on Reid's quirky cast, you're a better person than I [...]

    In July 1896, 23 year-old Cordelia Underwood is bored. Most ladies her age are married or have a suitable position, but Cordelia is content to remain at home in Portland, Maine, except when there's nothing to do. Then a messenger comes, bringing a report of her Uncle Basil's death and the shocking news that Basil left Cordelia a parcel of land! She can barely remember her uncle, he was at sea all of her life and rarely came to visit. Why leave the land to Cordelia and not her brothers? She's ple [...]

    In the back of the book is a blurb about the author, Van Reid, which simply states that he has been the assistant manager of a book store for the past seven years and did not attend college. This must be an example of great modesty, because this book is nothing short of a work of genius. After reading 'Cordelia Underwood' I would have thought that Mr. Reid would surely have various degrees and titles to his name, the least of which would have been Professor of Literature at some prestigious coll [...]

    Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid4.5★’sFrom The Book:Step back in time to Portland, Maine, in 1896. When the young, beautiful, redheaded Cordelia Underwood inherits a parcel of land from her seafaring uncle, it sets in motion a chain of events that leads to the unearthing of a family secret two centuries old. Cordelia soon crosses paths with Mister Tobias Walton and finds herself aided in her quest by the warmhearted gentleman, who has never [...]

    It's very rare that I don't finish a book, and even rarer that I give it up because I just lost interest. For the first few pages of Cordelia Underwood I thought I was going to love it—I liked the old-fashioned writing style and was fairly amused by the humor. But after chapter after chapter of brief clipped dialogue and introductions of yet another eccentric character for not much apparent reason, I found I just didn't really care any more about what happened next. It's a bit like New England [...]

    A lovely, lighthearted romp through late 19th Century Maine. Since I love the history of the 19th Century and love Maine, plus like reading about pleasant people this was a sure-fire hit for me. Have read everything Reid has written since and really enjoyed all of them.

    The book started off promisingly with the plot, but then moseyed all around without getting to the interesting part of the plot. After a 150 pages, I became angry at myself and decided to budget my limited reading time for something else.

    This is a delicious story! I am hooked! The Moosepath League is entertaining and endearing. I've ordered all the books! There are 6 in the series, written from 1999-2012. This whole story takes place in just 12 days. Cordelia Underwood and Tobias Walton meet at the wharf in Portland Maine. Subsequently, Mister Walton meets Eagleton, Ephram and Thump - 3 unusual gentlemen starting a new club. The story then breaks off into 3 running story-lines. We find out how Tobias becomes involved with the Mo [...]

    My goodness, this was a pleasant book. The main characters were all exceedingly kind, polite, and considerate, I must say. In fact, for the first three hundred pages, there was hardly a conflict in sight, due to the overwhelming pleasantness of the story. No one seems to have a job (which might be unpleasant, I suppose), and days are spent pleasantly conversing, visiting, strolling, and exclaiming "My goodness!" and "Good heavens!" Finally, around page 301, the author decides (rather suddenly, a [...]

    READ ITr the love of words!! This author, Van Reid, takes words and like honey dripping from a spoon, he wraps a sweet thread around and around till you are hooked!! It was just a tad slow to start as he introduces all it's unique and lovely characters, but soon you'll find yourself thinking "what's the hurry to see where this is going?", and just enjoy the journey. review sums it up perfectly"Superbly written, with a vivid sense of place and period, this is a book for any day that begs a few h [...]

    This was a pretty good 400-plus page book that would have been a good 300-page book. Although the author is contemporary, the book is set at the end of the nineteenth century, and the style of writing reflects this. (It has a Prairie Home Companion, folksy feel - this is not a compliment!) The chapters were originally published in serial form, and it reads that way - the author describes the style as "digressive," which it definitely is. I would have been happy to skip all of the digressions, bu [...]

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm also surprised that I did. The writing is very different from what I usually enjoy reading, but the author was able to transport me to a different time and different place. For me, It's rare to find a book that doesn't have some predictability. With this book, I never guessed how this story eventually played out.

    This book made me look crazy while reading it, as I kept laughing out loud. Love Van Reid's style of writing and the time period as well, plus it doesnt hurt that most of it is based in Maine, so very easy to picture the places in the storiesnnot get enough of Van Reid.

    Spent two weeks on the first hundred pages, this book isn't for me right now. The story moves way too slowly.

    There is an obvious debt to Dickens and The Pickwick Papers in this book - it is even made the favourite book of the heroine and her dead uncle. The central character is called something else but it obviously supposed to resemble Mr Pickwick. We get a Sam Weller figure called Sundry Moss and three characters who form the gentlemen's club they don't name the Moosepath League until about three-quarters of the way through the book. Cordelia Underwood knows these people socially but their stories do [...]

    I loved this adventure! It's characters are lovable, endearing (perhaps a bit predictable but wonderful) and witty and it's not overdone with adventure or violence, which gives us a bit of a breather. We can read a well-written story without having to endure such modern hyperbole. Van Reid writes a beautiful prose, including simple poetry, which adds to the pastoral nature of the book. However, this story isn't the typical 19th century "everyone lives happily ever after" tale; it does have meat, [...]

    It took me a while to get into the swing of this book, but then I really enjoyed it. Great descriptions, and it truly felt Victorian in many ways. Lovely descriptions of scenery, seasons, etc. It made me want to go to Maine. Also made me want to read the next two books in the series.

    It started out slow, but very enjoyable, love the little stories within stories and about a third of the way; I was hooked! Definitely a highlight of my summer reading!

    Loved the writing style: Dickens like, humorous, great side stories, innocent. There are six in the series thus far. Can't wait to read more.

    3.75 stars. 2015 Reading Challenge: A Book Set in Your Hometown.(not exactly my hometown, but a lot of the book takes place in Damariscotta, a place I have actually lived).I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had a fairly old fashioned tone that perfectly complimented the Victorian setting (despite being written in the late 1990's), yet it also had a good deal of wry humor. It reminded me a lot of "Three Men In a Boat; To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Jerome Jerome, and this one even had th [...]

    This is truly a marvelous book, as the title implies. It has a lot of things to love - mystery, suspense, romance, humor, wit, adventure, friendship, and wonderful (and many) characters. The setting is Victorian Maine and the main characters include Cordelia Underwood, a young woman left with a piece of land from her late sea-fairing Uncle Basil, along with a clue that may lead to buried treasure. Then there is Tobias Walton, a “portly” middle-aged well-off gentleman who comes back to Maine [...]

    I just re-read this book for the second or third time, and I've enjoyed it more each time I've read it. (The series, in fact, is on my wish list. I don't want to own every book I read, so the fact that this title qualifies tells you something.)Set in the last 1890s in Maine, "Cordelia Underwood" (and, in fact, all of the Moosepath League novels) have it all: mystery, romance, adventure, humor--I think it's the humor I love most of all. Sometimes it's simply the joy that the characters find in li [...]

    Delightful romp. A rollicking time. Splendid -- a good, old-fashioned read. These phrases come to mind when trying to describe Cordelia Underwood. The book was written in the 1990s, but it brings to mind novels from the time period it covers, the late 1890s. Marvelous characters, ridiculous situations, laugh out loud funny at times. Van Reid clearly loves and knows Maine, and he crams an amazing number of strange and haunting tales from the state's history into his book.His characters are 100% M [...]

    This book was charming. Absolutely charming. Van Reid can certainly tell a good story, and this book was full of delightful stories. But was long. Really long. And I found it a bit unsettling when I was 250 pages in and I still couldn't tell someone what the book was about. I could tell them I liked it, but all the stories seemed a bit random. Things picked up significantly at the 300 page mark, and I raced to the finish. And when I got the end, I thought it was beautifully done. I knew he'd tie [...]

    It took me quite a while to get into this book. OK, it took me several YEARS to get into it. But one night, perhaps because I was in the right frame of mind, I entered the marvelous world of Maine at the end of the 19th century and the leisurely narrative with intertwined plot lines, dry humor and something that can only be described as authenticity. It was hard to believe it was not written in the 1890s. Not once the author brings any “modern” attitudes in describing characters or their act [...]

    This is a fun read--nothing really bad happens and there are more kind people to balance out the bad guys. It's full of wacky characters telling hilarious, over-the-top stories and winking at the reader the whole time. The author has a sly sense of humor! I also liked the turn-of-the-century detail he includes in this book. He obviously knows his time period and the state of Maine very well. The plot is somewhat convoluted. I had a hard time keeping track of what was going on because there were [...]

    This book is a charmer. When one is reading a book in the middle of an NYC laundromat and it makes one laugh out loud, that book must be delightful. (Or one must be overcome by the extra strength bleach fumes produced by some over zealous purificationers nearby.) I actually did laugh out loud when I first read this book. I was in the laundromat, and I did receive a few odd looks from the fellow folding his socks next to me. (His socks were green and orange--I think he was the odd one!) I have gi [...]

    A fun and sweet little adventure - well, if you can call a 400 page book little! Pickwickian in its style, it is a book that you enjoy the journey and the people more than the adventure itself. A cozy read, set in 1890's Maine. Multiple story lines, BUNCHES of characters. Funny (but charming funny, not laugh out loud funny - at least most of the time), exciting in parts, romantic.arently it was originally published as a serial and it certainly reads that way.Enjoyed it. Will read the next one in [...]

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