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Tracy Park   By: (1825-1907)

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Tracy Park by Mary Jane Holmes is a captivating novel that explores the complexities of love, family, and social class in nineteenth-century America.

Set in a small New England town, the story revolves around the life of Tracy Park, a young woman who is determined to rise above her modest background and fulfill her dreams. Tracy's character is multi-dimensional and relatable, making her journey all the more compelling. From the beginning, the author skillfully captures the reader's attention by presenting Tracy as a strong-willed and ambitious individual, eager to challenge the societal norms that confine her.

The plot unfolds at a gradual pace, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in Tracy's life. We follow her as she navigates through various relationships and encounters both love and heartbreak along the way. The author beautifully captures the emotional turmoil that Tracy experiences, making it easy for readers to empathize with her struggles.

What sets Tracy Park apart from other novels of its time is the strong feminist undertone that runs throughout the story. Mary Jane Holmes portrays Tracy as a resilient and independent woman who refuses to conform to the expectations placed upon her by society. The novel challenges traditional gender roles and sheds light on the limitations imposed on women during that era.

The supporting characters in the book are equally well-drawn and add depth to the narrative. Each character comes to life through the author's vivid descriptions and dialogues. From Tracy's loving but overbearing mother to the enigmatic love interests she encounters, every character contributes to the overall development of the story.

Mary Jane Holmes's writing style is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to a bygone era. Her meticulous attention to detail creates a vivid backdrop against which the characters' lives unfold. The author's ability to capture the nuances of human emotions shines through, making Tracy Park a truly engaging read.

While Tracy Park is undeniably a product of its time, addressing social issues that are no longer prevalent, its underlying themes of love, ambition, and self-discovery resonate with a contemporary audience. Mary Jane Holmes has created a timeless tale that speaks to the universal human experience of striving for fulfillment against societal expectations.

In conclusion, Tracy Park is a delightful novel that combines romance, intrigue, and social commentary to create a captivating story. Mary Jane Holmes's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make this book a must-read for those who appreciate a well-crafted historical novel with a feminist twist.

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A Novel



Author of Bessie's Fortune, Queenie Hetherton, Edith Lysle's Secret, Homestead on the Hillside, etc., etc., etc.

Toronto: Rose Publishing Company Hunter Rose & Co. Printers & Book Binders Toronto 25 Wellington St


"Don't stand and cry; press forward and remove the difficulty." Dickens.




' To Mr. Frank Tracy, Tracy Park, Shannondale .

'I arrived in the Scotia this morning, and shall take the train for Shannondale at 3 p.m. Send someone to the station to meet us.


This was the telegram which the clerk in the Shannonville office wrote out one October morning, and despatched to the Hon. Frank Tracy, of Tracy Park, in the quiet town of Shannondale, where our story opens.

Mr. Frank Tracy, who, since his election to the State Legislature for two successive terms, had done nothing except to attend political meetings and make speeches on all public occasions, had an office in town, where he usually spent his mornings, smoking, reading the papers and talking to Mr... Continue reading book >>

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