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Dora Deane   By: (1825-1907)

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Dora Deane by Mary Jane Holmes is a captivating novel that immerses readers into the tumultuous life of the eponymous protagonist. Set in mid-19th century America, the story follows Dora, a young and beautiful woman, as she navigates through a series of trials and tribulations, ultimately seeking redemption and happiness.

The author skillfully explores themes of love, family, and societal expectations, weaving them into a compelling narrative. Dora's character is complex and deeply relatable, as she grapples with the choices she has made and the consequences they bring. Holmes effortlessly portrays Dora's internal turmoil, making her struggles palpable to the reader.

One of the book's strengths lies in its vivid descriptions of the era and its social norms. Holmes transports readers back in time, presenting a detailed and immersive world that feels authentic and rich in historical context. From the fashionable society events to the rural landscape, every setting is meticulously painted, allowing readers to visualize the scenes as they unfold.

The novel also delves into the intriguing dynamics of relationships, particularly those between men and women. Dora encounters several potential suitors throughout her journey, each representing a different aspect of love and companionship. Through these relationships, the author explores the complexities of trust, passion, and personal growth, providing an engaging exploration of romance in a bygone era.

While the pace of the plot may appear slow at times, the character development compensates for it. Dora's growth as a person is beautifully depicted, as she evolves from a naïve and impulsive young woman into a stronger and wiser individual. Holmes writes with empathy and understanding, portraying her characters with depth and nuance that captures the reader's attention.

Dora Deane is a novel that immerses readers in a bygone era and expertly captures the essence of human emotions and struggles. Mary Jane Holmes' storytelling captivates from the very first page, making it hard to put the book down. This is a timeless tale that explores fundamental themes of love, family, and self-discovery, leaving readers pondering the choices they make in their own lives.

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Author of "Tempest and Sunshine," "Meadow Brook," "Homestead on the Hillside," "The English Orphans," "Maggie Miller," etc.






Poor little Dora Deane! How utterly wretched and desolate she was, as she crouched before the scanty fire, and tried to warm the little bit of worn out flannel, with which to wrap her mother's feet; and how hard she tried to force back the tears which would burst forth afresh whenever she looked upon that pale, sick mother, and thought how soon she would be gone!

It was a small, low, scantily furnished room, high up in the third story of a crazy old building, which Dora called her home, and its one small window looked out on naught save the roofs and spires of the great city whose dull, monotonous roar was almost the only sound to which she had ever listened. Of the country, with its bright green grass, its sweet wild flowers, its running brooks, and its shady trees, she knew but little, for only once had she looked on all these things, and then her heart was very sad, for the bright green grass was broken, and the sweet wild flowers were trampled down, that a grave might be made in the dark, moist earth for her father, who had died in early manhood, leaving his wife and only child to battle with the selfish world as best they could... Continue reading book >>

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