A Shower of Summer Days – May Sarton

A Shower of Summer Days ALB

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. Continue reading

The Web of Days – Edna Lee

The Web of Days ALB

A gothic historical novel about a Yankee governess who goes to work on a decaying plantation during the early Reconstruction period. 1947. Continue reading

Love’s Shadow – Ada Leverson

Love's Shadow ALB

A comedic novel about a group of genteel London folk and their various hopes and grievances when it comes to love. 1908. Continue reading

Lucy Carmichael – Margaret Kennedy

Lucy Carmichael ALBA 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. Continue reading

A Fair Barbarian – Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Fair Barbarian ALBA novel about a young American woman who comes to visit her aunt in England, and the effect her unrefined candor has on the conservative inhabitants of the town. 1880. 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