Come Out of the Kitchen! – Alice Duer Miller

Come Out of the Kitchen! ALB

A novel about a man who rents a house for the season and keeps having problems with the servants, especially the particularly pretty cook. 1916. Continue reading

The Passing Bells – Phillip Rock

The Passing Bells ALBA historical saga centered around a household on an English estate in the months leading up to WWI and the difficult years of the war itself, when no member of the household above or below stairs goes unaffected. 1978. Continue reading

The Wind of Complication – Susan Ertz

The Wind of Complication ALB

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. Continue reading

The Heir: A Love Story – Vita Sackville-West

First published in 1922

A novella about a man who, upon inheriting an estate from a distant relative, decides he should sell the place, but as the date of the auction approaches he finds himself reluctant to let it go. 1922. Continue reading

Cluny Brown – Margery Sharp

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A novel about a young woman in WWII-era Britain who is deemed not to know her place in life, so her uncle/guardian sends her off to be a housemaid at a country estate. 1944. Continue reading