The Hidden Hand
Or, Capitola the Madcap
The Hidden Hands is an exuberant and delightful action comedy! The story features fearless Capitola Black, a self-styled female Don Quixote, the prototype of an adventure heroine.
Rescued from life on the streets in New York by a southern plantation owner, with his own reasons for befriending her, Capitola is too active and adventurous to settle for the life of a southern belle. Besides, the neighborhood is infested with evil-doers! Black Donald, the notorious bandit, and Gabriel Le Noir, the owner of the plantation adjoining unite to make her life full of excitement and peril.
A book full of surprises and delight for any reader, as the hidden hand of an all-wise God becomes remarkably apparent.
Character themes in this story: pride and willfulness.
Originally written in 1859.
“I got this book this spring and thoroughly enjoyed it. I kept telling my sisters about it and as soon as I finished I passed it on to them. My sister (who does not like to read) read it over the summer and now our younger sister has it. We all say it is one of our favorite books.” — Cynthia Raburn of Madras, Oregon
“This is a beautiful, exciting story from start to finish. I was drawn in immediately and couldn’t put it down. It has so many unexpected plot twists and some truly delightful characters. Capitola made me laugh out loud. Definitely would recommend this book to a friend!” — Rachel Avery of Palm, Pennsylvania
“Oh my goodness!! This is definitely one of my favorite Lamplighter books! It’s a really great read. As always, E.D.E.N Southworth does a great job of weaving together suspense and great morals, and it’s really inspiring. I love the unexpected twists in the book. Thank you Lamplighter for making this available!” — Rachel Pemberton, Paonia, Colorado