A Golden Sorrow

Dublin Core


**Warning: Some of the language or characterizations in this book are the product of the time when this book was written, and are no longer considered acceptable.**

Set in the late 1880s right after the Hotel Ponce de Leon has opened, a disparate group of middle-class Northerners stay at one of the private St. Augustine boarding house on Orange Street for the winter. This particular winter, Mrs. and Miss Genevieve "Vieve" Leete are dressed to impress the wealthier visitors, while economizing on their housing and repast. However, before Miss Leete arrives, her mother has an eye on a fellow boarder, a mysterious Mr. Faxon Shephard. Meanwhile in a gentlemanly act, the two young people meet at the train station in Jacksonville where Miss Leete is destitute after being robbed. Is the intrigue of their first meeting and train ride from Jacksonville to St. Augustine the harbinger of romance or unrequited love

Local locations visited or mentioned include, but are not limited to the San Marco Hotel, the Old City Gates, Castillo de San Marcos, Plaza de la Constitucion, St. George Street, Treasury Street, Charlotte Street, St. Francis Street, Bravo Street, the Matanzas River and the sea wall, Anastasia Island, North Beach (Vilano Beach), and the St. Johns River.


A Golden Sorrow


Chicago: H. S. Stone & Company








Flagler Era

Has Format

Available for free on HathiTrust.


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Bibliographic Citation

Pool, Maria Louise. A Golden Sorrow. Chicago: H. S. Stone & Co., 1898.


Maria Louise Pool, “A Golden Sorrow,” St. Augustine Fiction, accessed July 18, 2024, https://staugustinefiction.omeka.net/items/show/222.