Tryst – Elswyth Thane

tryst-albA novel about a young woman who, as tenant of an English country house, becomes fixated on a room she’s not supposed to enter, and the man whose room it used to be. 1939. Continue reading

Home Port – Olive Higgins Prouty

Home Port ALBA novel about a young man who, after failing to save a fellow camp counselor, is compelled by guilt to abandon his own identity and live like a fugitive. 1947. Continue reading

Seattle – Charlotte Paul

Seattle ALBA historical saga about a Norwegian family and the empire they successfully build in early 20th century Seattle. 1986. Continue reading

The Bespoken Mile – March Cost

The Bespoken Mile ALBA historical novel about a struggling dancer who unexpectedly inherits a house in the Scottish countryside, then astonishes everyone when she decides to make it her new home. 1959. Continue reading

The Long Masquerade – Madeleine Brent

The-Long-Masquerade-ALBA historical novel about a woman who escapes a dangerous marriage to a wealthy Jamaican, trading material comfort for a life of disguise and hardship on the seas. 1981. Continue reading

The Rose-Garden Husband – Margaret Widdemer

The Rose-Garden Husband ALBA novel about a young librarian who, dreaming one day of a husband and a rose garden, soon finds herself with both in store–but reality is always more complicated than the dream. 1915. Continue reading

The Poet and the Donkey – May Sarton

The Poet and the Donkey ALBA novel about a lonely, aging poet who finds an unexpected muse to inspire his work: the neighbor’s donkey. 1969. Continue reading

The Cleft Rock – Alice Tisdale Hobart

The Cleft Rock ALBA historical novel about a Russian woman who marries a wealthy Californian; later, though they lead separate lives, they both become caught up in the California agricultural debates over water. 1948. Continue reading

Kilcaraig – Annabel Carothers

Kilcaraig ALBA historical saga about a beautiful young woman who has a child out of wedlock, an event that affects her proud Scottish family for generations to come. 1982. Continue reading

An Important Family – Dorothy Eden

An Important Family ALBA historical novel about a lady companion who accompanies a troubled English family as they join the influx of social idealists settling New Zealand. 1982.  Continue reading