The Wind of Complication – Susan Ertz

A collection of short stories featuring themes of quiet domesticity and strong female characters, sprinkled throughout with love, humor, and early 20th century spiritualism. 1924.

Invitation to Folly – Susan Ertz

A novel about a middle-age couple who, in the midst of their own marital problems, take in a widowed relative and her son, both of whom pose a danger to the already fragile household. 1953.

After Noon – Susan Ertz

A novel about a man who, as a single parent, must reconcile himself to his daughters growing up and his own life becoming full again. 1926.

Professor Preston at Home – Elizabeth Corbett

A novel about an aging professor who accidentally hits a woman with his umbrella, and as a result his life quickly changes—to something better than he ever imagined possible. 1957.

The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy

A novel about a circle of bohemian adults and children in the months following the death of their father and mentor, a brilliant but little-known English composer. 1924.

The Corner Shop – Elizabeth Cadell

A novel about a woman who helps a grumbling professor catalogue his late mother’s possessions, and in doing so manages to change the trajectory of her own life. 1966.

A Shower of Summer Days – May Sarton

A novel about an aging couple who return to their country estate in Ireland, and the American niece who comes to spend the summer with them. 1952.

Lucy Carmichael – Margaret Kennedy

A novel about a young woman who, after being jilted at the altar, goes to work at an art institute in a Lincolnshire industrial town, where she meets an eclectic group of people and begins to build a new life for herself. 1951.

The River Witch – Marjorie McIntyre

A novel about a head-strong young woman and her life and trials on the Missouri River in the mid-19th century. 1955.

Cimarron – Edna Ferber

A novel about the early settlers of the Oklahoma territory, focusing in particular on an adventure-seeking lawyer/newspaper man, as well as his wife who molds the rugged land into a home. 1929.