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A Century Ago: The Bestselling Fiction Books of 1910

According to Caderbooks.com, these were the top 10 bestselling books (fiction) of 1910:

rosary-florence-barclay 1. The Rosary, Florence Barclay
The Rosary is a warm and touching love story set in England circa 1909. Jane and Garth are in love, but as so often happens they are separated with obstacles to overcome. Florence Barclay tells their story with compassion and a deep understanding of her character’s innermost feelings and desires.

2. A Modern Chronicle, Winston Churchill
Honora Leffingwell is the original name of our heroine. She was born in the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century at Nice in France and she spent the early years of her life in St. Louis a somewhat conservative old city on the banks of the Mississippi River.

wild-olive-anonymous-basil-king 3. The Wild Olive, anonymous (Basil King)
A passage from the book: Finding himself in the level wood-road, whose open aisle drew a long, straight streak across the sky, still luminous with the late-lingering Adirondack twilight, the tall young fugitive, hatless, coatless, and barefooted, paused a minute for reflection. As he paused, he listened; but all distinctiveness of sound was lost in the play of the wind, up hill and down dale, through chasm and over crag, in those uncounted leagues of forest…

4. Max, Katherine Cecil Thurston
A young man discovers himself in Paris, in this poignant, hauntingly beautiful novel by Katherine Cecil Thurston, also author of The Mystics and more.

kingdom-of-slender-swords-rives 5. The Kingdom of Slender Swords, Hallie Erminie Rives
A passage from the book: In the first touch of the shore, where the Ambassador’s pretty daughter waited, Barbara’s problem had been swept away. Patricia had rushed to meet her, embraced her, with a moist, ecstatic kiss on her cheek, rescued the bishop from his ordeal of hand-shaking and carried him off to find their trunks, leaving Barbara borne down by a Babel of sound and scent whose newness made her breathless, and to whose manifold sensations she was as keenly alive as a photographic plate to color.

6. Simon the Jester, William J. Locke
A passage from the book: Tell him, my boy, that it’s against my custom to breakfast at afternoon tea, and that I hope his wife is well.” At his look of bewilderment I broke into a laugh. “He wants me to write a dull article for his stupid paper, doesn’t he?” “Yes; on Poor Law Administration.” “I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to do anything these people ask me. Say ‘No, no, no, no,’ to everybody.” “In Heaven’s name, Simon,” he cried, laying down his pencil, “what has come over you?” “Old age,” said I.

lord-loveland-discovers-america-williamson 7. Lord Loveland Discovers America, C. N. and A. M. Williamson
A passage from the book: For a moment Loveland was more conceited than he had ever been in his life,—which is saying not a little. He told himself that the girl must have found out who he was, and that this was her artful way of scraping acquaintance. She had taken possession of his chair, with his name upon it, waiting for him to come and claim his property, and expecting the conversation which would be sure to follow.

8. The Window at the White Cat, Mary Roberts Rinehart
A beautiful girl seeks the help of an attorney when her father vanishes. Soon, her aunt also disappears from a locked house in the dead of the night. The search leads to the infamous White Cat, a nightclub frequented by crooked politicians … and now, murder.

9. Molly Make-Believe, Eleanor Abbott
Molly Make-Believe was published in 1910. Carl Stanton suffers from rheumatism. He is bored, and suffering a great deal of pain. He has asked his fiancee to write to him while she is away, but her letters come infrequently. She sends him a ridiculous circular which she sees as fitting his passion for letters. He responds and a series of letters follow. Carl is no longer bored and he has gained something more that he never quite expected.

when-a-man-marries-rinehart 10. When a Man Marries, Mary Roberts Rinehart
A passage from the book: It is a great misfortune to be stout, especially for a man. Jim was rotund and looked shorter than he really was, and as all the lines of his face, or what should have been lines, were really dimples, his face was about as flexible and full of expression as a pillow in a tight cover. The angrier he got the funnier he looked, and when he was raging, and his neck swelled up over his collar and got red, he was entrancing.

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