The Ordeals of Elly Robin
The Ordeals of Elly Robin, Book One
by P.D. Quaver
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Pub Date 06 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 10 Dec 2023
In the year 1906 a vaudeville troupe is making its way across the country.
Among them is a six year old girl whose distaste for speaking or looking anyone in the eye makes people think she's "touched"--but who plays the piano like a young Mozart. Billed as "Baby Elly Robin, the Wonderchild," she is one of the stars of the show.
The troupe arrives in San Francisco just in time to experience the city's destruction by a devastating earthquake. Next day a small girl is found wandering through the smoking ruins, clutching her blackened doll, mute and traumatized. Unable to determine her identity (and convinced she's an imbecile), the authorities consign her to a dismal children's asylum...
So begins the first volume of P.D. Quaver's extraordinary multi-volume saga, THE ORDEALS OF ELLY ROBIN.
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A captivating historical fiction novel that transports readers to the tumultuous year of 1906. The story centers around Baby Elly Robin, a six-year-old piano prodigy with a unique aversion to speaking and eye contact. As part of a vaudeville troupe, she becomes a star attraction known as Baby Elly Robin, the Wonderchild. However, the tale takes a dramatic turn when the troupe lands in San Francisco just before the catastrophic earthquake. The author’s narrative is masterfully crafted, immersing readers in the heart of a bygone era while navigating the complexities of young Elly's life. The character development is exceptional, particularly in portraying Elly's resilience and her journey through a dismal children's asylum. The Ordeals of Elly Robin is a literary gem, offering a rich historical backdrop, intriguing characters, and a compelling story that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the subsequent volumes in this remarkable saga.
Hold onto your top hats, time-travelers! The Ordeals of Elly Robin is like a dazzling trip to 1906, complete with vaudeville magic, a piano prodigy, and one heck of an earthquake. I mean, Baby Elly Robin, the Wonderchild, is like a tiny Mozart who's allergic to talking to people. How cool is that?
But here's why you gotta snag this book: It's a rollercoaster of emotions! Elly's journey from vaudeville stardom to a creepy children's asylum after the San Francisco earthquake is like a real-life fairy tale turned nightmare. P.D. Quaver weaves this historical fiction like a boss, and you won't be able to put it down. So, if you're up for a wild ride through history with a side of heartbreak and triumph, The Ordeals of Elly Robin is your golden ticket to a mesmerizing adventure!