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Miss Browne's Friend
Miss Browne's Friend: A Story of Two Women | F. M. Mayor
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Miss Ethel Browne is a typical adornment of her era. A single lady of a certain age in the period before the First World War usually assists a senior, or less healthy family member with the running of their house, or affords help of a more modest kind, in order to feel useful. Sometimes they are inspired to approach places of last resort to befriend and encourage poor unfortunates. In Miss Browne's case the Rescue Home pairs her with Mabel Roberts, who has had a terrible start in life, and has fallen into dubious ways. Miss Browne is somewhat dazzled by Mabel's beauty, and charmed by her simple transparency and determination to be good. She finds Mabel a good position as general maid to two elderly ladies, and all seems set fair. But, as the months go by, so do the reports of arguments, temper and secretiveness. Positions come and go, as Miss Browne struggles to help Mabel surmount her failings and find a foothold in the better life. Having 'slipped' somewhat, in a position as a waitress in a restaurant, Mabel disappears. In the end, Miss Browne finds her, only to discover that life has dealt Mabel a harsher blow. Miss Browne's Friend was originally published in four parts between June 1914 and March 1915 in the Free Church Suffrage Times, a year after the publication of F. M. Mayor's celebrated first novel, The Third Miss Symons. With its mixture of wry humour and tragedy, it confirmed her reputation as one of the most sensitive exponents of the challenges and uncertainties of single women's lives in her times.
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Another Book Depository surprise! Is this one from you, @Cathythoughts ? 😊

This pretty little volume is a novella/short story about “a single lady of a certain age” who befriends a woman from the Rescue Home who has fallen into “dubious ways”. Published in four parts in 1914-15 in the Free Church Suffrage Times, this tale has been virtually impossible to find until it was republished by an indie press last year.

Tamra Oh, this looks right up your alley & my curiosity is piqued! What a cover! 3mo
Aimeesue I want those shoes. Not even kidding. 😄 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds intriguing! 3mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s from me Leah .. Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year friend. X ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m thrilled! 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? We need a buttonhook, though. 😉 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you so much, Cathy! It looks so good. Happy New Year to you, my friend! 😘😘 3mo
batsy Lovely! Definitely your kind of book ❤️ 3mo
jlhammar What a little beauty! Sounds great. 3mo
Cathythoughts It does look good. I love the boots too @Aimeesue (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy And perhaps yours, as well. #SpinsterLit 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It‘s so pretty! 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Did you see the advertisement on the cover? “No Irish need apply” 😱 3mo
rubyslippersreads I would buy this just for the cover. (I‘d buy the button boots too.) 3mo
Cathythoughts I see it now. That‘s awful, we don‘t like that ! 3mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Hmmm. I just may have one of those laying around here somewhere.. . 😋 3mo
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