A Review from the July 1858 Lady's Book section "Literary Notices":

From Derby & Jackson, New York--

THE HAND, BUT NOT THE HEART; or, the Life Trials of Jessie Loring. In this, as in all his previous stories, the author has presented a practical lesson of life, from the relation of which the reader will be able to draw the most salutary admonitions. We cannot, however, we confess, in justice, acquit the heroine of this tale of almost unpardonable weakness, if not of double-dealing, at least with herself, and therefore do not feel that sympathy for her sufferings, or that respect for her character, which the author appears to have been desirous of exciting. We know little, perhaps nothing, of the new doctrine of spiritual affinities, the influences of which we neither deny nor affirm. But we conceive that we do know something of the evil consequences, in after years, of the ungoverned impulses and mistaken ideas of early life. Taken in this sense, the trials and sufferings of Jesse Loring, and her adherence to the Chrisitan views of the marriage contract will, we repeat, leave good, practical, and we hope lasting, impressions upon the minds of those disposed to take warning from here errors, or to be encouraged by her virtues. Price $1 00.

The reviews in the "Literary Notices" are anonymous. However, in a September 1858 editorial review of the book "A Woman's Thoughts on Women" by the English author Miss Muloch, Mrs. Hale expresses some of these same sentiments. She quotes from a passage that includes the statement: "Every girl ought to be taught that a hasty, loveless union stamps upon her as foul dishonor as one of those connections which omit the legal ceremony altogether." Hale goes on to say:

"We consider the idea that "an unhappy married life must be tenfold worse" than any misery which may befall a single woman, false and mischievous. But what shall we say of the views about a "loveless union"? Are they not very "free-love" sentiments? Surely Miss Muloch did not intend this; nor can an unfortunate marriage, if the parties keep the vows made at the alter, be considered in this light. The sentiment not only mars, but really destroys the right moral influence of the book; and every American mother should be careful to point out these fallacies to her daughters, if she permit them to read the volume."

Transcribed from the original, Godey's Lady's Book, July 1855, pp. 29 32 by Hope Greenberg. 11/21/95. Copy freely as long as this notice is attached.