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Tempest and Sunshine

Mary Jane Holmes

Book Overview: 

Tempest and Sunshine is the first book written by Mary Jane Holmes. Set in the pre-Civil War south, it follows the struggles and romances of two sisters, as different as night and day; blonde Fanny and dark haired Julia.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ike was sent to Frankfort every day to inquire after Mr. Wilmot, and see if anything was wanted, and each night Fanny waited anxiously for his return. As soon as she saw him enter the wood, she would run to him, and inquire for Mr. Wilmot. Julia, however, manifested no anxiety whatever. She would not have acknowledged that she hoped he would die, and yet each time that she heard he was better her spirits sank, for fear he would yet live. At last Ike brought to Fanny the joyful intelligence that the crisis was passed, and Mr. Wilmot was out of danger.

That night, in the solitude of her chamber, Julia communed with herself as follows: "And so he'll live after all. Well, I may as well let him know at once that I will not marry him." So saying, she opened her portfolio, and wrote the following note:

"Mr. Wilmot:

"Sir—When I became engaged to you I was very young and am still so; conseq. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A cute piece of nineteenth century fluff. I suppose this would have been the closest thing to a soap opera back in the day.

Very Entertaining

This story is very enjoyable if I suspend my modern views and remember that things were different in the 1860s. I really like the character development and the twists at the end. The father is my favorite character, he's so colorful. Holmes writes descriptions of the surroundings a

I was shocked that I had never heard of Mary Jane Holmes, considering all accounts indicate that she was one of the most widely read authors, and that in her time she outsold all other authors second only to Harriet Beecher Stowe. I always feel a little sorry that some beloved authors don’t seem to

A story taking us back in time, interesting family dynamics with stark contrast of right and wrong; forgiveness being the ultimate key. I did have to put the book down every now and then to take a break from the never ending deceit.
Although the story mainly revolves around the two sisters, the fath

Two sisters. Both so very different. The shenanigans that play out are like a soap opera. Lies, deceit, betrayal, and maliciousness by one. Interesting take on how awareness blossoms.

Warning: use of racial stereotypes and slurs

I've been living in the 19th century, at least as far as my reading, and generally reading books for boys. I took a break from my boy adventure reads and stumbled upon this author. She has not stood the test of time but she was apparently the United State's version of Jane Austen and her books for g

Great book. A must read.

Very fun romance set in Kentucky, written in 1854. One sister is sweet and gentle, the other is conniving and awful. I don't read "fluff" books ("brain candy") very often, but when I do they are like this one (from a different era). I enjoyed reading about this time period.

I looked up this author be


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