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The Twenty-Fourth of June   By: (1866-1959)

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The Twenty-Fourth of June by Grace S. Richmond is a delightful story that revolves around the lives of the Redfields, a loving and endearing family living in the small town of Burnsville. Set in the early 20th century, the book captures the essence of community, kinship, and the importance of personal connections.

The story begins on the eve of the titular date, when all the Redfields gather at their beloved old homestead to celebrate their ancestral traditions. The family's matriarch, Aunt Abby, is the center of attention as she orchestrates the festivities with her precise and caring touch. This particular year, however, brings unexpected changes as the Redfields face the bittersweet reality of leaving their cherished family home.

Richmond's narrative skillfully weaves together the past and present, creating a vivid tapestry of memories and emotions. The author's exquisite attention to detail transports the reader to the picturesque town and highlights the idyllic qualities of small-town life. Through her vivid descriptions, one can almost feel the warm summer breeze, smell the delicious aromas wafting from the nearby kitchen, and hear the laughter and chatter of the Redfields echoing through the halls.

One of the book's strengths lies in its well-developed and relatable characters. Each member of the Redfield family possesses a distinct personality that comes to life on the page. From the optimistic and resourceful Aunt Abby to the mischievous young Jack, Richmond brilliantly captures the various dynamics and interactions that make a family feel real. Their quirks and flaws make them endearing and relatable, allowing readers to connect with them on a deeper level.

The underlying themes explored in The Twenty-Fourth of June are rich and heartfelt. Richmond delves into the importance of family bonds, the value of tradition, and the resilience that comes with adapting to change. Through both joyous and challenging moments, the Redfields navigate the complex web of emotions that arise during such significant transitions. It is through their experiences that readers are reminded of the strength and support that family can provide, even in the face of uncertainty.

Overall, The Twenty-Fourth of June is a heartwarming and captivating novel that captivates readers from the very beginning. Grace S. Richmond's eloquent writing style and insightful storytelling make this a book that transcends time, resonating with readers of all generations. Through her vivid descriptions and well-drawn characters, she offers a glimpse into the power of family and the enduring magic of tradition. This book is a delightful read that is sure to leave a lasting impact.

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Midsummer's Day






I. The Curtain Rises on a Home

II. Richard Changes His Plans

III. While It Rains

IV. Pictures

V. Richard Pricks His Fingers

VI. Unsustained Application

VII. A Traitorous Proceeding

VIII. Roses Red

IX. Mr. Kendrick Entertains

X. Opinions and Theories

XI. "The Taming of the Shrew"

XII. Blankets

XIII. Lavender Linen

XIV. Rapid Fire

XV. Making Men

XVI. Encounters

XVII. Intrigue

XVIII. The Nailing of a Flag

XIX. In the Morning

XX. Side Lights

XXI. Portraits

XXII. Roberta Wakes Early

XXIII. Richard Has Waked Earlier

XXIV. The Pillars of Home

XXV. A Stout Little Cabin



None of it might ever have happened, if Richard Kendrick had gone into the house of Mr. Robert Gray, on that first night, by the front door. For, if he had made his first entrance by that front door, if he had been admitted by the maidservant in proper fashion and conducted into Judge Calvin Gray's presence in the library, if he had delivered his message, from old Matthew Kendrick, his grandfather, and had come away again, ushered out of that same front door, the chances are that he never would have gone again... Continue reading book >>

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