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Aikenside   By: (1825-1907)

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Aikenside by Mary Jane Holmes is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of love, family, and societal expectations. Set in a small New England town, the story revolves around a young and intelligent woman named Amanda Elmer.

From the very beginning, it is evident that Amanda is a different kind of protagonist. She possesses a strong-willed and independent spirit, challenging the traditional roles assigned to women during the 19th century. As the daughter of a wealthy judge, she faces constant pressure to conform to society's expectations of marriage and domesticity. However, Amanda's aspirations extend beyond the confines of her societal position.

The narrative takes an interesting turn when Amanda meets Philip Tenney, a talented architect who is not only handsome but also shares her progressive views. Their blossoming relationship provides a refreshing departure from the typical courtship found in similar novels of the time. Their intellectual conversations and shared passion for social reform create a compelling dynamic.

Holmes beautifully captures the essence of the era, painting a vivid picture of the contrast between the opulent homes of the elite and the struggling working-class families. The author's attention to detail and descriptive language transport readers effortlessly back in time. The vivid descriptions of New England landscapes and the bustling town of Aikenside add depth and richness to the story.

Another remarkable aspect of the book is Holmes' exploration of familial relationships. Amanda's interactions with her mother and siblings reflect the deep bonds of love and loyalty. These relationships are not without their challenges, however, as Amanda's desires clash with her family's expectations. The author skillfully portrays the complexities of familial dynamics, showcasing the difficulties faced when individual aspirations threaten the status quo.

One cannot help but be drawn into the narrative as the story unfolds, revealing unexpected twists and turns. Holmes expertly balances moments of light-heartedness with profound emotional depth. The resolution of the plot is satisfying, leaving readers with a sense of fulfillment and a newfound appreciation for the power of love and personal choice.

Aikenside is an eloquently written novel that stands the test of time. Mary Jane Holmes masterfully weaves together themes of love, societal expectations, and personal liberation to create a captivating tale. With its relatable characters and beautifully depicted scenery, this book will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on readers.

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The good people of Devonshire were rather given to quarreling sometimes about the minister's wife, meek, gentle Mrs. Tiverton, whose manner of housekeeping, and style of dress, did not exactly suit them; sometimes about the minister himself, good, patient Mr. Tiverton, who vainly imagined that if he preached three sermons a week, attended the Wednesday evening prayer meeting, the Thursday evening sewing society, officiated at every funeral, visited all the sick, and gave to every beggar who called at his door, besides superintending the Sunday school, he was earning his salary of six hundred per year.

Sometimes, and that not rarely, the quarrel crept into the choir, and then, for one whole Sunday, it was all in vain that Mr. Tiverton read the psalm and hymn, casting troubled glances toward the vacant seats of his refractory singers. There was no one to respond, unless it were good old Mr... Continue reading book >>

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