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Jennifer promised her dying mother that she‘d never leave her father and has spent twelve years as his unpaid secretary and housekeeper. When her father suddenly shows up one day at tea time with a new wife (who‘s younger than Jennifer), she decides she must grab this opportunity to make a life of her own.

I‘m loving this 1931 #SpinsterLit novel (and von Arnim is rapidly becoming one of my new favourite authors)!


Leftcoastzen Love the cover! 3mo
elkeOriginal Love these editions and love a good spinster. Stacked! 3mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I‘m always pretty impressed by these editions. 👍 3mo
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LeahBergen @elkeOriginal You can‘t beat a good spinster story. 😆 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm These editions are just lovely! 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm They are! I‘m so glad they decided to publish this series. 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying it! 👍 3mo
batsy Did someone say spinster?! 😆 This sounds great. 3mo
Tamra Such a fabulous cover 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy I was waiting for your comment. 🤣 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It is! 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen 😂😂 3mo
kspenmoll Now I must read this! Happy Litsyversary ! 3mo
LeahBergen @kspenmoll Thank you! And I‘m really enjoying this one. 👍 3mo
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Keeping Up Appearances | Rose Macaulay
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Today‘s book mail is another republished work by #BritishLibraryWomenWriters. 💗

In this satiric and witty 1928 novel, Daisy Simpson tries to navigate her lacklustre social performance and “keep up appearances”.

TrishB Another gorgeous cover ❤️ 4mo
squirrelbrain They all have such pretty covers don‘t they?! 4mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @squirrelbrain They suck me right into buying them. 😆 4mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Another lovely cover 🥰 4mo
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A Pin to See the Peep Show | Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
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And some more #BritishLibraryWomenWriters book mail!

This 1934 novel is based on a notorious 1920s murder trial and follows Julia as she enters into an unfulfilling marriage and then “a passionate affair with deadly consequences”. 😮😮

TrishB Looks beautiful ❤️ 8mo
mrp27 Sounds like a great story and it‘s beautiful too! 8mo
AmyG I love the cover. 8mo
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Ruthiella Another favorite from our favorite book blogger, Simon Thomas. ❤️ 8mo
quietjenn I‘m really excited about this one! 8mo
MaureenMc Sounds a bit scandalous. 😉 8mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @mrp27 @AmyG This series has been doing some really lovely covers. 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I‘ll pretty much buy these ‘sight unseen‘ since they‘re his recommendations. 8mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Me, too! I was going to try to hunt down one of the old green Virago editions but heard that it was being republished in these editions. 👍 8mo
LeahBergen @MaureenMc Perfect, right? 😆 8mo
batsy Oh yes! This is on my TBR. You'll definitely read it before me 😆 so I look forward to your thoughts! 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh I LOVE the sound of this 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
Cathythoughts I may just have to order it right now 👍🏻thanks Leah (edited) 8mo
Suet624 Love your book selections. 💕 8mo
LeahBergen @batsy I doubt it. I like to age my books on my shelves like fine wine. 😆 8mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It sounds so good, doesn‘t it? And it‘s chunkier than the other British Library Women Writers books. 😆 8mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Aww, thanks! 😘 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely cover isn‘t it? I‘m awaiting for my copy to arrive 😊 8mo
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Which Way? | Theodora Benson
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My current read is from the latest batch of books republished in the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series.

Published in 1931, it tells the story of Claudia Heseltine in three parallel timelines. In each timeline she chooses to accept an invitation to a particular social engagement and we see how her life would change with each choice: from mistress, to unfulfilled wife, to devoted mother.

Sounds good, right??

EvieBee Terribly good! 8mo
MaureenMc Yep. *stacked* 😁 8mo
Tamra Does sound fun! 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! 8mo
Ruthiella Ooh! I love those kind of “Sliding Door” stories! 8mo
Flaneurette Thanks for posting! This does sound good! 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great too … 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying it! 8mo
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Sally on the Rocks | Winifred Boggs
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Book Mail!

“You‘re not out for romance at thirty-one; it‘s business.”

The latest release from the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series is this 1915 “spinster-lit” novel. Bohemian Sally (living in Paris) flees home to England from Paris during WW1 to live with her guardian, the Reverend Lovelady. She‘s determined to settle down but finds she has a dastardly rival for the affections of the village‘s “most eligible bachelor”. 😆😆

Leftcoastzen Yay, spinster lit! 11mo
Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts That rivalry sounds like some fun reading .. 11mo
batsy Yeah, I need this! 😂 11mo
rubyslippersreads Looking forward to this one. 11mo
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Mamma | Diana Tutton
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Book mail!

The two latest editions from the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series: A long out of print novel from E.M. Delafield (author of the glorious The Diary of a Provincial Lady series) and the tagged book by the author of Guard Your Daughters (another favourite of mine, published by #PersephoneBooks). Mamma is a social comedy about a middle-aged woman who falls in love with her new son-in-law.

KarenUK They are gorgeous! 😍😍😍 1y
MsMelissa I love these editions 🥰 1y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 1y
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Kalalalatja So pretty! 😍 1y
Cathythoughts Oh they are lovely! I‘m excited too because I ordered that O Brave Music book that you recommended to @Batsy and it‘s like these ones in your post 1y
batsy Beautiful! These editions are a mood-lifter 😍 1y
batsy @Cathythoughts Yay! I love that we're all succumbing to these 😁 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy We are pushovers 😂 1y
AnneCecilie Love these covers 😍 1y
Reviewsbylola Kind of shocked Persephone hasn‘t already published these, especially the latter! 1y
ValerieAndBooks These remind me of the covers of my Barbara Pym editions! 1y
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This was very character driven, and with postapocalyptic books I really love world building. I wanted to know more. That said, I think this was so well done and the building tension was perfection. I may need a sequel though to get more of an outside perspective. 😂 #botm #booked2020 #bookclubworthy

LeahBergen I see your #BritishLibraryWomenWriters books! 😆 2y
Cinfhen I read this today too!! I was a little disappointed with the ending but I loved the buildup!! It was too short!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad to hear it‘s good! 2y
Reviewsbylola Those are totally thanks to you. 😂 @LeahBergen 2y
vivastory I selected this as my #botm & after seeing this I can't wait to read it! 2y
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Book Mail!

Here are my three latest purchases from the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series. I quite probably would‘ve purchased the tagged book for the title alone. 😆

valeriegeary These covers! 😍😍 2y
KVanRead Oooh, my pretties! And yes, that‘s a perfect title. 2y
rubyslippersreads These covers are quite intoxicating! 😂 2y
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TNbookworm Cover love❤ 2y
Mtroiano 😍 2y
MsMelissa I love these covers! Where do you buy the books from? 2y
MsMelissa Never mind! I found them on Book Depository. It‘s so your fault that I ordered Tea is So Intoxicating and Tree of Heaven 😬 Oh, and a British Library Crime Classic - Death of a Busybody. 2y
readordierachel That title! It *is* so intoxicating 😆 2y
Ruthiella Ooh! I have Dangerous Ages in another paperback edition...not read it yet, however. 😬 2y
LeahBergen @valeriegeary @KVanRead @rubyslippersreads @TNbookworm @Mtroiano I can‘t get over how well thought-out these covers and design are (mind you, the British Library Crime Classics series is beautiful, too, so why am I surprised? 😆). (edited) 2y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa Correct! It‘s Book Depository! 😆 I think you‘d also really like O, the Brave Music; it‘s a charming story of a girl growing up in Yorkshire. I‘m a fan of the British Library Crime Classics series, too (but haven‘t read Death of a Busybody). 2y
LeahBergen @readordierachel Isn‘t it, though? 😂 2y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I have a few other (unread) Rose Macaulays, too. 😆 2y
Megabooks You are bad influence!! 🤪😘 2y
Tanisha_A Woweeeee 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I saw these and put them in my BD wish list, waiting and hoping for the price to go lower. You are no help 😜 2y
Cathythoughts These are lovely.. I have 2 ( not these ones ) from when they were on sale in Waterstones.... ❤️ 2y
batsy Oooh you're such a good (bad) influence! Or is that a bad (good) influence? 😂 😍 2y
CarolynM Hard to go past that title😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Stop tempting me!!! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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O, the Brave Music | Dorothy Evelyn Smith
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I‘ve just started this wonderful ‘coming of age‘ novel (that‘s been compared to I Capture the Castle) and I‘m already loving it.

And good news for those of you collecting the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series ... it‘s being republished by them this autumn!

Thanks again for another great recommendation, @rubyslippersreads ! 😘

MsMelissa I really have to start reading some of these oldies. They seem right up my alley! 2y
rubyslippersreads I‘m so glad you ❤️ it! 2y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa I think you‘d love some of them. They‘re very soothing, in an old black and white movie sort of way. 😆 2y
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LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads And it‘s just getting better and better as I read! Have you read any of her other novels? I also have this one waiting on my shelves 2y
Tanisha_A Looks like i have it stacked. I must have done it because of your earlier posts. 😁 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds good. And I agree old movies are very soothing indeed 💕💕💕 2y
Saknicole I‘m sold by the comparison novel! I love I Capture the Castle. Funny the authors have the same name too apart from middle! 2y
batsy I saw that they were republishing it and put it on my wishlist after @rubyslippersreads mentioned it 😁 Love your edition 😍 2y
LeahBergen @Tanisha_A It was SO good! 2y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Aren‘t they, though? 2y
LeahBergen @Saknicole I didn‘t even notice that (about the authors names)! I didn‘t find that it had the kookiness of I Capture the Castle but it was still completely delightful in its own way. 2y
LeahBergen @batsy It was completely lovely and I think you‘ll like it. ❤️ 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘ve got me wanting to buy the earlier releases. Excited to see the new ones! 2y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola And they‘re so damn PRETTY. 😆 2y
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My Husband Simon | Mollie Panter-Downes
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I received some lovely book mail today!

These are the first three volumes of the new British Library Women Writers series, a series that will be publishing forgotten works by female authors from the first half of the 20th century. Two more are to be released this autumn. 👏🏻👏🏻


Tanisha_A Wow! I will check these out 😍. Thanks for sharing! 2y
Megabooks Leah, Leah why are you telling me about another thing to collect!?! #gorgeous!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm These covers are lovely! Thank you for introducing some new-to-me authors over these years, Leah. 👍 2y
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Nerdy_Bookworm Well, guess my TBR list is going to topple over! 😂 2y
Hooked_on_books What fantastic covers! 2y
batsy Oh no, a dangerous post! 😅 These covers are gorgeous. 2y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ✨stacking tagged one 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful 2y
Ruthiella Do you follow Simon Thomas‘ book blog Stuck in a Book or his podcast Tea or Book? If you don‘t already, you must because you are like his reading twin AND he is a consultant for the British Library series! 2y
catebutler I just received these for my birthday, they‘re truly beautiful and sound amazing!! 2y
Moray_Reads Oh, these are lovely!
Kalalalatja Very pretty! 2y
LeahBergen @Megabooks Sorry! 😆 2y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm And right back at you, too! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @Nerdy_Bookworm Mine already is! 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Aren‘t they? 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @batsy Sorry! 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I hope they‘re good! 🤞🏻 2y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I do! He has written all the afterwords for this series. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @catebutler What a nice gift! I hope you had a lovely birthday. 😘 2y
LeahBergen @Moray_Reads I couldn‘t resist. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Kalalalatja Aren‘t they? 😄 2y
Reviewsbylola Holy moly those are so cute! 2y
Reviewsbylola Damn I could buy all 3 from BD for less than $20. 😖😖😖 The temptation is so real. 2y
MsMelissa I love those covers 😍 2y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola I know! They‘re on sale! 😮 2y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa Aren‘t they pretty? The Britain Library is always good for that. 👍🏻 2y
Centique Oh my! I am going looking for these 😍 You do a much better job of hand selling books L than any of the book stores here. You should get some sort of industry honour! 2y
LeahBergen @Centique 😂😂 That is the best compliment EVER! 😘😘 2y
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