Amy Le Feuvre Book Descriptions


Olive Tracy by Amy Le Feuvre.

A wholesome English home story, having to do with an interesting group of young people just beginning to think of love and marriage. Two of the young men are in the South African war, but return home unhurt.—The American Catalogue (1905).

"Olive Tracy," by Amy Le Feuvre, is an up-to-date English novel. Marmaduke Croften, the hero, being disappointed in love, joins the English Army in South Africa, fights bravely, is wounded and returns home to find his sweetheart, Olive Tracy, who has regretted her refusal of his love, now ready, not only to welcome him, but to marry him at sight. No satisfactory reason is given for her former treatment of her lover, and she is described as being miserable from the time he went away until his return, especially during the time when she supposed he was married to another woman. Osmond, the young invalid, is a goody-goody boy, who "converts" several of the characters from the error of their ways; and novel readers who like to have religion with their fiction will find "Olive Tracy" much to their taste.—Eugene L. Didier, Book Notes, Vol 6 (1901).

The heroine, who suggests the "spirit of spring," never appears in spangle net or satin gowns, but in a durable sprig muslin, or a white lawn with pink ribbons. One instinctively feels that the more pretentious fabrics belong to the electric light circles of life; they do not harmonize with yellow jonquils and blue-skyed April mornings. The heroine in this novel is just such an incarnation of weather and sunshine, tho the man she marries is a lord with pearls in his pockets. The story reaches from England to the battle fields in South Africa and back again. . .—The Independent, Vol 53 (1901).