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

Hannah Bye – Harrison S. Morris

Hannah Bye ALB

A novel about a young Quaker woman whose best friend is led astray when a traveling salesman visits the community. 1920. 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

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

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