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Page 430 - Holmes' stories are universally read. Her admirers are numberless. She is in many respects without a rival in the world of fiction. Her characters are always life-lik-:, and she makes them talk and act like human beings, subject to the same emotions, swayed by the same passions, and actuated by the same motives which are common among men and women of every day existence.
Page 429 - Without exception, they each have some strong distinctive objection, — either the form and dimensions of the volumes are unhandy — or, the type is small and indistinct — or, the illustrations are unsatisfactory — or, the binding is poor — or, the price is too high.
Page 430 - Her characters are always life-like, and she makes them talk and act like human beings, subject to the same emotions swayed by the same passions, and actuated by the same motives which are common among men and women of every day existence. Mrs. Holmes is very happy in portraying domestic life. Old and young peruse her stories with great delight, for she writes in a style that all can comprehend.'* — Ntw York Weekly.
Page 425 - All handsomely bound in cloth, with gilt backs suitable for libraries. Mary J. Holmes
Page 430 - The dialogues are generally brief, pointed, and appropriate. The plot seems simple, so easily and naturally is it developed and consummated. Moreover, the story thus gracefully constructed and written, inculcates without obtruding, not only pure Christian morality in general, but, with especial point and power, the dependence of true success on character, and of true respectability on merit.
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Page 430 - Almost any new book which her publisher might choose to announce from her pen would get an immediate and general reading. The interest in her tales begins at once, and is maintained to the close. Her sentiments are so sound, her sympathies so warm and ready, and her knowledge of manners, character, and the varied incidents of ordinary life is so thorough, that she would find it difficult to write any other than an excellent tale if she were to try it.
Page 430 - Works. Tempest and Sunshine. English Orphans Homestead on the Hillside 'Lena Rivers Meadow Brook Dora Deane Cousin Maude Marian Grey Edith Lyle Daisy Thornton Chateau D'Or...
Page 430 - With this novel of Mrs. Holmes' we have been charmed, and so have a pretty numerous circle of discriminating readers to whom we have lent it. The characterization is exquisite, especially so far as concerns rural and village life, of which there are some pictures that deserve to be hung up in perpetual memory of types of humanity fast becoming extinct The dialogues are generally brief, pointed, and appropriate.