Book: Homestead on the Hillside

Today’s update is a post about one of my other favorite authors, Mary J. Holmes.

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Homestead on the Hillside

Today I want to talk about Mary J. Holmes. One of the things I got out of Anne Romines’s book, Constructing the Little House, was that she pointed out the author of Millbank. It’s the only novel mentioned by name in the “Little House” series. I was familiar with the mention and quote in On the Banks of Plum Creek of course, but never quite got around to looking for it. I was astonished at the author’s name because it was one I was already well familiar with — Mary J. Holmes. Holmes was a very popular author in the mid- to late-19th century. Not only that, but she was the author of my Great-Grandmother Buchmayer’s favorite book Homestead on the Hillside. Homestead is a collection of novelettes of fairly typical romantic stories, each with a twist and a happy ending. My copy…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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