'By Their Fruits was announced as ‘the first novel that has come from the pen of Mrs Praed for some time past’ — true only in the American market. By October 1908, Cassell was advertising the novel as in its third printing, the publicity consisting of a paragraph from Justin McCarthy, borrowed from the New York Independent, which aimed to draw the novel to ‘the attention of American readers’: in a year without any novels calling for special attention, he wrote, By Their Fruits entirely out of the common, alike in conception, character drawing and in its curious blending of the real and the ideal.'
Source: Carter, David. "A Peacock's Plume Among a Pile of Geese Feathers: Rosa Praed in the United States." Queensland Review 21.1 (2014): 33. Print.