T. S. Arthur's Sweethearts and Wives is a romantic novel following the young lady Grace Harvey, her suitors, and choices in life. This, like Arthur's novels are of a high moral and filled with character-building lessons. His works are wholesome, inculcate morality and purify the feelings - by tastefully illustrating the beauties of virtue, and the iniquities of vice. Timothy Shay Arthur was a popular 19th-century American author most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There. He was also the author of dozens of stories for Godey's Lady's Book. Arthur did much to articulate and disseminate the values, beliefs, and habits that defined respectable life in America. Arthur was one of the most popular and widely read author of his time.