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Coningsby

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli

Coningsby is the first of trilogy of political novels that Disraeli and gives an insight into his views of the political turmoil following the passage of the Great Reform Bill by the Whigs in 1832 (a second Reform Bill was passed in 1867 under Disraeli’s Tory leadership as prime minister). While Coningsby looks primarily at political questions, its successor — Sybil, or the Two Nations — was concerned with the “condition of England” question and the growing social and economic imbalance between rich and poor that in tje writer’s view was hastened (though not begun) by the industrial revolution. Granted that Disraeli was not Dickens or Trollope or Eliot or one of the other giants of British letters in the nineteenth century, it’s a bit unfair to suggest (as some have) that the plots are thin and only there to provide the writer with a podium for setting forth his political and social views. It’s true that Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl, but much else happens as well, particularly thanks to the role played by the mysterious figure of the Jewish Sidonia, who in addition to enormous wealth and widespread international connections embodies a kind of wisdom that transcends the mere knowledge acquired by even the best educated Englishmen. Coningsby, himself a product of both Eton and Cambridge, is fortunate enough to be taken under his wing, and intelligent enough to accept his guidance.

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A Matter of Pleasure

A Matter of Pleasure by Jenna Jaxon

A Matter of Pleasure by Jenna Jaxon

While making inquiries at the notorious brothel the House of Pleasure regarding a kidnapping, Bow Street Runner Reginald Matthews ends up with more than just the information he seeks from Amorina Vestry, the house’s sensual madam. Amorina’s manner reveals more than a passing interest in Matthews, which in turn leads to unforeseen consequences for them both.

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The Range Dwellers

The Range Dwellers by B. M. Bower

The Range Dwellers by B. M. Bower

Ellis Carleton, son of a rich and indulgent father, has enjoyed a wasteful and irresponsible young adulthood. But on reaching 25 it is time to grow up, so dad sends him off to dad’s ranch in outback Montana with instructions to the foreman to pay Ellis the same as the other hands, but only if he earns it. A disputed roadway, an old feud with a neighboring rancher, a new one with his desirable daughter, all drive Ellis to delightful distraction.

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My Summer in a Garden

My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner

My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner

This is Warner’s contemplative and humorous account of the wondrous and mysterious workings of a garden he tended for 19 weeks. After this is a essay of remembrance for Warner’s beloved cat, Calvin

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The Duchess of Padua

The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde

The Duchess of Padua by Oscar Wilde

Guido Ferranti, a young man, travels to Padua with his friend Ascanio after receiving a mysterious letter from a stranger, claiming to know the true secret of Guido’s birth. His plan of revenge goes awry, however, when he falls in love with his enemy’s beautiful wife, the Duchess of Padua.

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The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

In 1916 on an isolated country estate just outside London, Captain Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, makes a bittersweet homecoming to the three women who have helped shape his life. Will the devoted wife he can no longer recollect, the favorite cousin he remembers only as a childhood friend, and the poor innkeeper’s daughter he once courted leave Chris to languish in a safe, dreamy past–or will they help him recover his memory so that he can return to the front? The answer is revealed through a heart-wrenching, unexpected sacrifice. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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The Daredevil

The Daredevil by Maria Thompson Daviess

The Daredevil by Maria Thompson Daviess

Roberta, daughter of an American soldier and a French marquise, is returning to the childhood home of her father after his death in the Great War. Upon reaching New York she realizes that her Uncle, a woman-hater, has confused the genders of her and her small crippled brother. In order to please her Uncle and ensure medical treatment for Pierre, she becomes “Robert”, his nephew. In her new identity she secures supplies for France, has many hilarious close-calls, and manages to fall in love with the Governor.

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The Girl from Montana

The Girl from Montana by Grace Livingston Hill

The Girl from Montana by Grace Livingston Hill

Young Elizabeth, left orphaned by an evildoer who murders her last brother, flees Montana on horseback to find her remaining relatives in the East. Her social and spiritual journey leads her through harrowing encounters, struggles between good and evil, romance and, ultimately, love and fortune. Classic Grace Livingston Hill.

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The Visioning

The Visioning by Susan Glaspell

The Visioning by Susan Glaspell

The Visioning, Susan Glaspell’s second novel, tells about Katie Jones, a young woman who lives in the comfortable world she knows with a charming circle of friends. Her brother is an army officer, and her uncle lives in Washington. The world she knows is the world they let her see. Until Anne comes into the picture. Katie saves Anne from killing herself. Katie invents a story about Anne, a story which suits Katie’s world, but what would she do, and feel, when she discovers the truth? The story focuses around Katie’s eye opening experiences and her search for place and meaning in the new world she slowly discovers. Glaspell’s usual charm and witty observation, this book is a wonderful read. It could also be of interest to fans of Virginia Woolf’s “Night And Day.

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