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Emily Quick Notes

Sunfire #11, Emily by Candice F. Ransom, is one of my all-time favorites.

Emily Front Cover. (Note: artist’s name appears on the back, but is so faint I can’t read it.)

Front Cover Blurb: Born to enormous wealth, she longed for something that money couldn’t buy.

Back Cover Blurb: She could have anything in the world she wanted–but the one she loved.

Main Character: Emily Blackburn, 16; straight champagne-blond hair, blue-green eyes; a rich society debutante who realizes her frivolous life lacks meaning and decides to become a nurse.

Suitor #1: Worthington Bates III (“Worth”), 18, sandy brown hair, brown eyes. The son of Mr. Blackburn’s business partner and Emily’s frequent escort to social events; part of a trio of best friends that includes Emily and her 17-year-old cousin, Gibson Girl extraordinaire Annabelle.

Suitor #2: Stephen Reed, 18; black hair, black eyes; a poor medical student who meets Emily when he helps treat her little brother’s scarlet fever.

Setting: Many and many a year ago in a kingdom by the sea (AKA New York City,1899-1900).

Front Cover: Middle, Emily, in extravagant furs to signify her money and status; left, Worth in what looks like a slightly anachronistic tux; right, Stephen in a doctor’s coat. Bottom right: Stephen and Emily in her nursing clothes, looking far friendlier than they ever acted at the hospital. In the background is, I’m assuming, Emily’s Fifth Avenue mansion.

The evening clothes a man would have actually worn in 1900, courtesy of The site has a description of men’s appropriate evening clothes from the March 1900 edition of Harper’s Bazar.

Back Cover: This shot cracks me up. Sure, this scene did happen ALMOST this way, as Emily and Worth did go skating together in Central Park on New Years Day, 1900. And Stephen did see them embracing. Except Stephen wasn’t on skates; he was walking along the bank, and ran like a deer when he saw Em and Worth snuggling. This image made it look like Stephen was out on the ice standing still with his hands in his pockets. Awkward.

Emily Back Cover

I always felt a little cheated by this book’s cover. Sure, the peach is pretty and different. But with all the fabulous gowns described in this book, we get stuck with seeing Emily in boring furs (not just once, but twice!) I’m also sorry we don’t get a glimpse of glamorous Annabelle, perhaps posing on the staircase under her portrait by John Singer Sargent.


3 Responses to “Emily Quick Notes”

  1. So, I want to say that I love this blog. I was obsessed with these books, and I think we share a lot of the same thoughts on Sunfire books. I always LOVED Emily, but I always wanted a different cover with a better dress. That’s hilarious that you pointed out the same thing I used to think.

    • Thank you so, so much for your comment! I don’t know how many people are following (I know there’s at least some traffic, and it’s not ALL spammers!) but it’s nice to know someone is really enjoying it. 🙂

  2. This was also one of my favorites and I agree about dresses, also u would think money could do something for her hair lol I mean I know there’s not the hair products we have back then but there’s always good ole backcombing lol it kinda falls flat needs some gibson girl poof.

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