Thursday, June 17, 2010

The One Who Looked On

I have discovered another gem, a wonderful novella titled The One Who Looked On by Frances Frederica Montresor. The story begins in Ireland, moves to London, focusing on Susie who never married and never had children of her own, but who was filled with love to share with children who needed someone to love them. It's a wonderful story. Available at Google Books as a free pdf download.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Not All the King's Men

Not All the King's Men: A Novel of Washington Society
by Katherine Elwes Thomas
New York, The Cassell Publishing Co., 1896
Available for free download at Google Books.

Helen Oglethorp Lyman, a widow living in a beautiful home on Washington's Farragut Square, learns that her fortune has diminished to the point where she must make a dramatic retrenchment. She plots her strategy for avoiding this disaster.

This short novel is the best Washington society novel I have read to date. The descriptions of houses, fashions, and social setting are wonderful to read.