Gentle Breadwinners: The Story of One of Them - Catherine Owen - Google Books
Dorothy and her sister May are left penniless. They move in with their aunt and uncle, poor farmers, and Dorothy learns to make a living by cooking.
books  fiction  CatherineOwen  cooking  business  work  food  farming  byWomen  1880s 
13 hours ago
Firm of Nan & Sue, Stenographers - Harriet Carpenter Cullaton - Google Books
Nan starts her own typewriting firm and then takes her friend Sue into partnership. Anecdotes about their business.
books  fiction  HarrietCarpenterCullaton  byWomen  GoogleBooks  FirstPersonPoV  typewriting  stenographers  work  1900s  NewYorkCity 
18 hours ago
The Seven Darlings - Gouverneur Morris - Google Books
Seven siblings turn their summer home into a very expensive inn after the death of their father, and fall in love in dizzyingly rapid succession.
books  fiction  GouverneurMorris  byMen  1910s  camping  fishing  boats  cooking  romance  hotels&resorts  NewYorkState  siblings  inheritanceandsuccession 
3 days ago
Carolyn of the Corners
Carolyn's parents are lost at sea and she goes to live with her crotchety uncle in the country.
books  fiction  1910s  children's  orphan+crankyspinster/curmudgeon  dogs  forests  orphans  nursing  byWomen  RuthBelmoreEndicott  ProjectGutenberg  shipwrecked 
13 days ago
Good References by E. J. Rath - Free Ebook

A secretary with no references takes a job under another girl's name when the other girl falls ill. Hero comes off as a little creepy, a lot jerky.
books  byWomen  byMen  EJRath  1920s  secretaries  NewYorkCity  ProjectGutenberg  DNFed 
23 days ago
THE ROMANTIC PRINCE by Rafael Sabatini

The fictional son of a real-life 15th century duke falls in love with a burgher's daughter but is prevented from marrying her. Then things get complicated. Not Sabatini's best, but one I'm pretty fond of.
books  fiction  RafaelSabatini  byMen  historical  adventure  romance  ProjectGutenbergAU  royalty  ethicalDilemmas  socialandclassissues  1920s  realPersonFiction  theNetherlands 
march 2015
Pretty Kitty Herrick the Horsebreaker: A Romance of Love and Sport - Mrs. Edward Kennard - Google Books

Fox hunting makes NO SENSE, but Kitty Herrick is super into it, and is able to parley her skills into a job after her father kills himself. Horses EVERYWHERE. Also I'm developing a theory that you can identify bad fiances by their small mustaches.
books  fiction  Mrs.EdwardKennard  1890s  animals  horses  byWomen  GoogleBooks  romance  smallMustache 
march 2015
Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley - Free Ebook

Nancy Martin starts a concept restaurant, and I wish this was a story about how competently she runs it, but the author is more interested in her friendships and romances. Which is fine.
books  fiction  EthelMKelley  1920s  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  restaurantstaff  business  friendship  "cute"children  NewYorkCity 
march 2015
A Chain of Evidence by Carolyn Wells - Free Ebook

Wells' worst mystery ever? I hope so. Janet Pembroke couldn't have killed her uncle, because the incompetent lawyer-narrator has fallen in love with her. Fleming Stone's appearance comes as a relief.
books  fiction  CarolynWells  mystery  apartmentHouses  LawyerNarrator  downtroddenHeroine  1910s  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg 
march 2015
The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Grown-up children of a family that was wealthy before the stock market crashed, a dead body in the swimming pool...pretty great late-stage Rinehart with no axe murders.
books  fiction  noebookavailable  1950s  MaryRobertsRinehart  byWomen  mystery  siblings  familydrama  fallenOnHardTimes 
march 2015
Wired Love by Ella Cheever Thayer

Briefly caused a sensation on tech blogs in the summer of 2013. Yes, it's a telegraph romance, but it's also, separately, kind of great.
books  fiction  1880s  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  telegraphy  technology  friendship  NewYorkCity  apartmentHouses 
march 2015
Molly Brown (college books)
Molly Brown's Freshman Days (1912)

Molly Brown's Sophomore Days (1912)

Molly Brown's Junior Days (1912)

Molly Brown's Senior Days (1913)

Hmm, how are these different from any other college series? Not a lot of emotional depth. Xenophobic. Occasionally creepy. Mostly a lot of lighthearted fun, though.
books  fiction  NellSpeed  girls  college  collegegirls  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  1910s  xenophobia 
march 2015
The Princess Virginia

Virginia tries to make her future husband fall in love with her before he knows who she is. Yes, it is exactly the same thing as The Adventure of Princess Sylvia.
books  fiction  romance  travel  AMWilliamson  CNWilliamson  Ruritanian  royalty  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  byMen  1900s  arrangedMarriage 
march 2015
Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery

Jane's grandmother can't quite kill Jane's interest in and enjoyment of life, but it's not until Jane spends a summer with the father she's never met that she really gets a chance to exercise those faculties. That's a bad description; this book is great.
books  fiction  children's  childabuse  LMMontgomery  Canada  ProjectGutenbergAU  1930s  byWomen  islands  downtroddenHeroine  familydrama 
march 2015
The Annals of Ann by Kate Trimble Sharber - Free Ebook
One of those funny teenage girl diaries that relies heavily on the reader getting jokes the narrator doesn't. Lots of people getting paired off.
books  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  KateTrimbleSharber  diary  byWomen  FirstPersonPoV  TheSouth  1910s  precocity 
may 2014
The Mystery by Samuel Hopkins Adams and Stewart Edward White

A Navy ship comes across a schooner that was supposed to have been lost at sea two years prior, only it's full of fresh food and the ashes from the fire are still warm. Then they find someone who can explain. Eventually there are a lot of dead seals.
books  fiction  StewartEdwardWhite  SamuelHopkinsAdams  1900s  boats  islands  mystery  adventure  abitscifi  pirates  SamuelHopkinsAdams:VileAnimalMurderer  byMen  ProjectGutenberg 
february 2014
Average Jones by Samuel Hopkins Adams

Average Jones investigates mysteries connected with advertisements, including this one:

" WANTED—Ten thousand loathly black beetles, by
A leaseholder who contracted to leave a house in the
same condition as he found it. Ackroyd,
100 W. Sixteenth St. New York"
books  fiction  shortstories  1910s  SamuelHopkinsAdams  ProjectGutenberg  byMen  advertising  mystery  romance  whyaredeaddogsathing  bugs  scientists  SamuelHopkinsAdams:VileAnimalMurderer 
february 2014
The Flagrant Years
Consuelo Barrett's adventures in 1920s New York's beauty industry. Samuel Hopkins Adams mixing his usual twee-ness with a slightly darker sensibility.
books  fiction  1920s  SamuelHopkinsAdams  beautyparlors  NewYorkCity  mystery  romance  business  noebookavailable  byMen  competence  socialandclassissues 
february 2014
The Girl Who Had Nothing by A.M. Williamson

Joan thinks of herself as a rather gallant highwayman, and that sounds about right to me. Her adventures bring Joan's friends security and herself enough money to keep going.
books  fiction  AMWilliamson  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  1900s  adventuresses  boats  Nice  Brighton  Cornwall  episodic  financialmachinations 
february 2014
The Madness of May by Meredith Nicholson

A foolish young man gets involved with a whole slew of more intentionally foolish people, one of whom calls himself Robin Hood. It would all be a lot more fun if any of the stuff that was supposed to be funny was actually funny.
books  fiction  MeredithNicholson  1910s  adventure  comedy  motoring  embezzlement  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
february 2014
Mrs. Tree, by Laura E. Richards

Sequel to Geoffrey Strong. A series of incidents revolving around one of the more excellent domineering elderly ladies I've come across in fiction, and her town.
books  fiction  LauraERichards  sequel  episodic  boats  coolgrandmother  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  1900s 
february 2014
Geoffrey Strong by Laura E. Richards

New doctor comes to town, winds everyone around his little finger, becomes less of a misogynist. Town a cross between a Joseph Crosby Lincoln one and a Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin one.
books  fiction  LauraERichards  romance  spinsters  womendoctors  1900s  psychology  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  coolgrandmother 
february 2014
Terror Keep by Edgar Wallace

J.G. Reeder is a lot more romantic action hero than usual here, but it's great. Margaret Belman goes off to the country to be a secretary and gets mixed up with the remains of a gang plotting revenge on Reeder, among other things.
books  fiction  1920s  EdgarWallace  byMen  thriller  mystery  series  undergroundpassageways  London  EnglishEstates  insanity  secretaries  ProjectGutenbergAU 
february 2014
Room 13 by Edgar Wallace

Johnny Gray serves out his sentence at Dartmoor, feuds with the Legges, and gets some assistance from J.G. Reeder in his first appearance. Quintessential Wallace.
books  1920s  fiction  EdgarWallace  thriller  prison  mystery  London  Dartmoor  criminals  counterfeiters  bigamy  byMen  series  ProjectGutenbergAU 
february 2014
A Night Out by Edward Peple
A pampered cat meets a stray one and acquits himself pretty well in the ensuing adventure.
books  1900s  EdwardPeple  ProjectGutenberg  fiction  cats  talkinganimals  byMen 
june 2013
The Strange Woman, by Mary McNeil Fenollosa

John Hemingway goes to Paris to study architecture and gets involved with a woman of whom his friends at home will not approve. And in order for us to see them not approving, of course John has to bring her back to Ohio.
books  fiction  plays  MaryMcNeilFenollosa  SidneyMcCall  WilliamHurlbut  1910s  Paris  Ohio  byWomen  byMen  GoogleBooks  architecture  artstudents  advancedideas  depression 
april 2013
The Adventure of Princess Sylvia

Sylvia tries to make her future husband fall in love with her before he knows who she is. The Williamsons recycled this story in The Princess Virginia.
books  fiction  romance  travel  Ruritanian  AMWilliamson  1900s  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  royalty  arrangedMarriage 
march 2013
Fanny Goes to War by Pat Beauchamp Washington - Free Ebook
The memoirs of a young woman who drove an ambulance in Belgium in World War I. Full of interesting detail, and the writer gets more human and less hearty over the course of the book.
PatBeauchampWashington  books  nonfiction  ProjectGutenberg  1910s  WWI  motoring  nursing  Belgium  byWomen 
january 2013
Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman by Annie F. Johnston - Project Gutenberg

A reasonably delightful Christmas story. Structurally a bit of a mess, but all of the parts work really well individually. Plus, it's Annie Fellows Johnston, so there's morally significant jewelry.
AnnieFellowsJohnston  books  fiction  Christmas  "cute"children  yaymaterialism  step-parents  1910s  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  siblings 
january 2013
The Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking - Project Gutenberg

The terribly put together but somhow completely absorbing story of a young man who falls in love with a girl at first sight but is hindered in his courtship of her by the sinister Mr. Herod Voltaire's mesmeric influence.
JosephHocking  books  fiction  Christmas  hypnotism  racism  religiousovertones  disappearances  doom  lovetriangle  England  travel  ProjectGutenberg  1890s  byMen 
january 2013
Four Days by Hetty Hemenway - Project Gutenberg

Covers the four days of Leonard's leave, from Marjorie meeting him at the train station through their marriage and brief honeymoon. Almost extremely interesting at times.
HettyHemenway  books  fiction  novella  1910s  ProjectGutenberg  WWI  romance  byWomen 
january 2013
Hollyhock by L. T. Meade - Project Gutenberg

The worst L.T. Meade book, I hope. The title character is a spoiled brat, but has the complete adoration of the author and everyone around her. Meade also joins her characters in bullying the secondary heroine, or what passes for one. This honestly made me really uncomfortable.
books  fiction  LTMeade  ProjectGutenberg  girls  school  bullying  Scotland  1910s  byWomen  siblings 
january 2013
Set in Silver by A. M. Williamson and C. N. Williamson - Project Gutenberg

One of the most delightful Williamsons books, involving a road trip through England and a heroine who actually asks her mother for advice when she needs it.
books  fiction  AMWilliamson  CNWilliamson  motoring  England  travel  epistolary  1900s  ProjectGutenberg  byMen  byWomen 
january 2013
The Man Who Was Thursday, a nightmare by G. K. Chesterton - Project Gutenberg

Poets and anarchists and detectives, oh my! Also no one is who they seem to be. Also "If anyone has any use for my left eyebrow, he can have it." Rapturous and slightly insane.
fiction  books  GKChesterton  ProjectGutenberg  anarchists  adventure  swashbuckling  religiousovertones  1900s  byMen 
january 2013
The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton - Project Gutenberg

No relation to the Hitchcock film, and totally gutting. This is G. K. Chesterton as serious as you ever see him, and while these stories have a lot in common with his others, they are overtly a lot darker.
books  fiction  mystery  GKChesterton  ProjectGutenberg  shortstories  civilservants  1920s  byMen 
january 2013

Four slightly longer stories, in which someone has apparently committed a horrible crime but turns out to be entirely innocent — which is not to say that they didn’t do the things that people said they did. These stories are also heavier on the romance, which…well, GKC’s romances are generally simultaneously super romantic and really, really weird.
fiction  books  GKChesterton  OtherSource  shortstories  mystery  1930s  adventure  byMen 
january 2013

In which a middle aged civil servant is in the habit of dropping paradoxes into conversation, except that he always means them completely literally. GKC explains it like this: Mr. Pond is so reluctant to bug everyone with long, involved stories, that he shortens them to a point where they don’t make any sense.
books  fiction  OtherSource  GKChesterton  shortstories  series  mystery  civilservants  1930s  byMen 
january 2013
The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton - Project Gutenberg

The Wisdom of Father Borwn is where things start to get really outlandish, in that GKC way. I am, for whatever reason, particularly fond of "The Man in the Passage."
books  fiction  GKChesterton  ProjectGutenberg  shortstories  mystery  religiousovertones  RomanCatholics  1910s  byMen 
january 2013
To Whom This May Come, by Edward Bellamy
Guy gets shipwrecked on island of people who have communicated exclusively by telepathy for so long that their vocal equipment has atrophied.
abitscifi  telepathy  EdwardBellamy  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  1890s  books  shipwrecked  byMen 
january 2013
And Thus He Came by Cyrus Townsend Brady - Project Gutenberg
It's a little early for Christmas stories, but not too early for me to know that I won't be reviewing this one. Miserable, although I think it's meant to be spiritually uplifting. I mean, it's no "Janet, or the Christmas Stockings," but almost everyone dies.
CyrusTownsendBrady  books  fiction  religiousovertones  depressing  Christmas  byMen 
november 2012
When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan - Project Gutenberg
You'll tap your feet impatiently for, like, 900 pages as you wait to find out if Maisie and Phoebe will be reunited before they die, but you'll enjoy doing it.
WilliamFrendDeMorgan  books  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  1910s  London  England  longlostrelative  blindness  Australia  twins  fakemarriage  byMen  siblings 
october 2012
The Fool's Love Story - Rafael Sabatini
"Kuoni von Stocken, the Hofknarr of Sachsenberg, heaves a weary sigh and a strange, half-sad, half-scornful expression sits upon his lean sardonic countenance, as, turning his back to the gay crowd of courtiers that fills the Ballroom of the Palace of Schwerlingen, he passes out on to the balcony, and bends his glance upon the sleeping town below."

That is the first line, Hofknarr means jester, and the story is only three short chapters. That's really all the information you need.
RafaelSabatini  books  fiction  OtherSource  Germany  Ruritanian  1890s  shortstories  PresentTense  historical  byMen 
september 2012
Mrs. Marden's ordeal - James Hay - Google Books
Mrs. Marden hates herself sometimes, but not as much as I hate her. When I started the book, I though her Freudian psychoanalysis would be the most uncomfortable thing, but the most uncomfortable thing is the whole book. Which is sad, because it's an amnesia book and I like those.
amnesia  JamesHay  books  GoogleBooks  fiction  mystery  1910s  byMen 
august 2012
The Amazing Inheritance, by Frances R. Sterrett.
Tessie Gilfooly becomes the queen of a collection of tropical islands through the death of her uncle. Spoiler: she never actually gets to her kingdom.
FrancesRSterret  books  fiction  RagstoRiches  1920s  islands  heiresses  racism  royalty  romance  DepartmentStores  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen 
august 2012
He comes up smiling - Charles Sherman - Google Books
A hobo in search of a nice suit comes across one my the side of a lake and makes off with it while its owner is swimming. He's mistaken for the suit's owner, and the predictable complications ensue.
CharlesSherman  books  fiction  1910s  RagstoRiches  incognito  impostors  motoring  hotels&resorts  WallStreet  GoogleBooks  TrampsandHobos  NewEngland  byMen 
august 2012
John Dene of Toronto by Herbert George Jenkins - Project Gutenberg
John Dene would like to give his fantastic invention to the British government in order to help them win World War I, but he wishes they weren't so slow about getting things done.
HerbertGeorgeJenkins  books  fiction  1910s  WWI  scientists  politics  romance  London  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
august 2012
Bindle by Herbert George Jenkins - Project Gutenberg
Bindle is a furniture remover and a practical joker. He should be awful, but this is Herbert George Jenkins, so even the practical jokes are bearable.

Followed by Adventures of Bindle:
HerbertGeorgeJenkins  books  fiction  shortstories  1910s  London  temperance  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
july 2012
Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson - Project Gutenberg

Ruggles' employer loses him at cards to a family of American nouveaux riches and he has to learn how to deal with the idea of social equality, among other things.
HarryLeonWilson  books  fiction  1910s  Paris  America  travel  socialandclassissues  FirstPersonPoV  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
july 2012
The Key to Yesterday by Charles Neville Buck - Project Gutenberg

Artist Robert A. Saxon has no memory of anything previous to about six years ago, but he thinks this rusty key in his pocket may hold the solution to the mystery. Don't let that mislead you, though -- the lack of the key wouldn't change a thing.
CharlesNevilleBuck  books  fiction  1910s  amnesia  ProjectGutenberg  artists  Kentucky  SouthAmerica  Paris  revolutions  doppelgangers  byMen 
july 2012
The Admirable Tinker by Edgar Jepson

Sir Tancred Beauleigh discovers his son, cleans him up and educates him and then the two of them bum around Europe while "angel child" Tinker wreaks mild havoc on the lives of those around him.
books  fiction  1900s  childabuse  travel  byMen  ProjectGutenberg  EdgarJepson  precocity 
may 2012
The Pit Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts - Project Gutenberg
Probably the best thing I can say for this is that Crofts seems to be a least somewhat aware that his characters are pretty terrible at being amateur detectives.
FreemanWillsCrofts  books  fiction  mystery  adventure  boats  France  England  London  smuggling  1920s  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
may 2012
The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace - Project Gutenberg
Thornton Lyne, created to be as despicable as possible, is so angry about being rejected by Odette Rider that he tries to frame her for embezzlement, only he gets murdered first. Naturally she's the obvious suspect.
EdgarWallace  books  fiction  mystery  thriller  1920s  London  embezzlement  insanity  China  detectives  ProjectGutenberg  byMen 
may 2012
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