It’s unfortunate (but also statistically probable) that not all “forgotten” books pass muster when it comes to greatness. Here is where I acknowledge these books.
If you have enjoyed/disliked/finished any of the following, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!
- Simonetta Perkins – L. P. Hartley. A novella about a young woman who visits Venice with her overbearing mother and develops feelings for a gondolier. First published in 1925. 3/5 stars. See my Goodreads review here.
- The Moon in the Water – Pamela Belle. A novel about an orphan girl who is raised with her cousins, one of whom she’s in love with, around the time of the English Civil War. First in the Heron series. First published in 1984. 3/5 stars. See my Goodreads review here.
- Belgrave Square, or Hearts are Trumps, or She Would Be a Lady – Rachel Summerson. A historical novel about a large family and the marrying off of its daughters, circa 1863. First published in 1981. Stopped reading around page 20. See my Goodreads review here.
- The Doctor’s Wife – Mary Elizabeth Braddon. A sensationalist novel intended as a retelling of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. First published in 1864. Lost interest somewhere in the second half. See my Goodreads review here.
- Great Maria – Cecelia Holland. A historical novel about a young woman in medieval Italy who is married off to a much older, violent man. First published in 1974. Stopped reading around page 80. See my Goodreads review here.
- The Shadow Wife – Dorothy Eden. A novel about a woman who, while on a newspaper assignment in Italy, meets a handsome, mysterious Dane and marries him without knowing much about him–which might prove to be a bad thing. First published in 1967. Stopped reading around page 50. See my Goodreads review here.
- An Afternoon Walk – Dorothy Eden. A novel about a housewife who, while exploring a vacant house with her daughter, opens up some kind of Pandora’s Box of strange events, though her husband tries to convince her it’s just her imagination. First published in 1971. Lost interest early on, around page 30. See my Goodreads review here.