Harding's Luck


Book Description

"Harding's Luck" is a captivating children's novel written by E. Nesbit and published in 1909. The story follows the adventures of Dickie Harding, a young boy who finds himself orphaned and destitute after the death of his parents. Dickie is sent to live with a cruel and unsympathetic guardian, Mr. James Harding. One day, while working as a crossing sweeper, Dickie encounters a mysterious old man who gives him a magical coin that grants him one wish. Dickie wishes to travel back in time to a period where he can find a loving family. To his astonishment, the wish comes true, and he finds himself transported to the early 19th century. In this new time, he assumes the identity of Richard Arden, the long-lost nephew of a wealthy family. As Richard Arden, Dickie experiences life with love and privilege, becoming part of a caring family. However, he faces challenges and dilemmas as he navigates between his old and new identities. Throughout the novel, Dickie grapples with the complexities of his dual life, the significance of family bonds, and the importance of being true to oneself. The story beautifully intertwines elements of time travel, identity, and self-discovery, offering young readers a thoughtful and engaging narrative. "Harding's Luck" showcases E. Nesbit's skill in blending fantasy with realistic themes, delivering a touching tale of resilience, hope, and the transformative power of love. This book is copyright free and can be downloaded for free.

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