Lost Heir – a novel by Mrs. Southworth.
Ronald, Marquis of Shetland distinguished in the councils of his country. A leading Tory in the House of Lords, an able diplomat at foreign courts. A wise colonial governor in India, where wisdom of more value than was force of arms.
But now he was retired from public affairs, and living quietly at Trosach Castle. He had married, early in life. A daughter of the ancient house of Murray, a handsome, haughty woman. Who only needed temptation and opportunity to be come cruel and wicked.
No children had blessed this long union. Their place well filled in the hearts and home of the childless couple by the orphan niece and ward of the earl. The beautiful Eglantine Seton, Baroness of Linlithgow, in her own right.
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth (1819~1899) wrote of more than 60 novels in the latter part of the 19th century. She probably the most widely read author of that era.
Southworth’s first story, The Irish Refugee, published in the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. Some of her earliest works appeared in The National Era, the newspaper that printed Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The bulk of her work appeared as a serial in Robert Bonner’s The New York Ledger. He widely read in the 1850s and 1860s.
Her first novel, Retribution, a serial for The National Era publish in book form in 1846. She gave up teach and became a regular contributor to various periodicals.
Her best known work The Hidden Hand. It first appeared in serial form in The New York Ledger in 1859. Serialized in 1868-69, and 1883. In book form first appearing in 1888. Her novels deal with the Southern United States during the post American Civil War.