A Horseman Riding By – R.F. Delderfield

A Horseman Riding By ALB

A historical saga about an Englishman who buys an estate and finds fulfillment in looking after the land and its tenants during the first half of the 20th century. 1966. Continue reading

A Meaningful Life – L.J. Davis

A Meaningful Life ALB

A novel about a failed writer who wakes up one day and realizes his life has no meaning, so he goes in search of some. 1971.  Continue reading

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 House on the Cliff – D. E. Stevenson

The House on the Cliff ALB2

A novel about an orphaned actress who inherits a house in Devonshire and instead of selling it makes the less practical decision to move in. 1966. 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

The Feast – Margaret Kennedy

The Feast ALB

A novel about a group of people at a cliffside hotel on the Cornish coast in the days leading up to the hotel’s destruction. 1949. Continue reading

Wish Her Safe at Home – Stephen Benatar

First published in 1984; reissued by the NYRB in 2010

A novel about a middle-aged woman who inherits a house and is thrilled by the prospect of a new life, but somehow lets her enthusiasm carry her a bit too far. 1984. Continue reading