This anthology celebrates Mount Desert Island in its golden age, the late nineteenth century, when it was a summer playground for wealthy out-of-staters, and most importantly to many, a place for the rich to meet their future husbands and wives. This special era in Maine history spawned a new genre of fiction that was known as the Bar Harbor Novel-romance stories about the rich falling in and out of love during their summer sojourns. Dramatic and romantic, these short novels helped intensify the area’s popularity. The eleven pieces in this collection include those by the great Constance Harrison, Marion Crawford, Edward Church, and Ervin Wardman.
Love on the Rocks will give you a verbal-stereopticon view from several writers that specialized in a novella-genre known in the golden age as The Bar Harbor Novel. Much like today’s romance-novel placement, they were hugely popular (and reading them, one can see why) and scorned by the snobby. I ate up the whole collection like a chocoholic on Godiva.