Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville by L. Frank Baum
Uncle John and the nieces spend the summer at a mysterious farmhouse near the isolated town of Millville, and investigate mysteries badly.
books  fiction  byMen  ProjectGutenberg  LFrankBaum  EdithVanDyne  series  girls  1900s  farming  familydrama  financialmachinations  yokels  Adirondacks 
5 weeks ago
Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad by L. Frank Baum
Uncle John takes the three nieces to Italy, where they witness the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and tangle with some brigands.
books  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  byMen  LFrankBaum  EdithVanDyne  travel  transatlanticvoyages  Italy  criminals  familydrama  kidnapping  1900s  girls  series 
5 weeks ago
Aunt Jane's Nieces by L. Frank Baum
Aunt Jane gathers her three nieces together to decide which one should inherit her fortune--even though her dead fiance's nephew has a better right to it.
books  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  byMen  LFrankBaum  EdithVanDyne  series  girls  inheritanceandsuccession  longlostrelative  incognito  familydrama  1900s  America  ThreeNieces 
5 weeks ago
The Story of a Whim - Grace Livingston Hill - Google Books
A young man receives a box of things meant for a girl, and it sparks a religious awakening,
books  fiction  GraceLivingstonHill  GoogleBooks  byWomen  religion  Florida  romance  charity 
8 weeks ago
Four Girls at Chautauqua by Pansy - Free Ebook
Four very different girls attend the Chautauqua assembly of 1875 and find religion.
books  fiction  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  IsabellaAlden  Pansy  series  girls  religiousovertones  1870s  camping  NewYorkState 
february 2017
In the Heart of the Christmas Pines by Leona Dalrymple - Free Ebook
Jean Varian pays a visit to a small town over Christmas and comes to love more of its people than she thought she would.
books  fiction  LeonaDalrymple  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  Christmas  America  orphans  longlostrelative  heiresses  1910s 
december 2016
Lady Noggs, Peeress - Edgar Jepson - Google Books
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/lady-noggs/

Felicia Grandison, otherwise Lady Noggs, makes the lives of her uncle the Prime Minister and everyone on his estate hell, but in a nice way.
books  fiction  1900s  EdgarJepson  byMen  children  battlemurdersuddendeath  England  EnglishEstates  GoogleBooks 
may 2016
Tenant for Death, by Cyril Hare
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/catching-up/

One of those mysteries where you have to figure out who the victim is before you can figure out who killed him. Dry, in that golden age detective fiction way. Good.
books  fiction  1930s  mystery  CyrilHare  London  byMen  ProjectGutenbergCA  detectives  financialmachinations 
april 2016
Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/catching-up/

A young woman goes to India to take care of her sister and niece and nephew, but takes the kids back to England after her sister's death. The nephew and the love interest are both very appealing, and I enjoyed the villain’s unrelenting awfulness.
books  fiction  LAllenHarker  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  India  England  1910s  familydrama  siblings 
april 2016
The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/catching-up/

The most English of English mystery novels, but not in a particularly interesting way. A very angry man dies in his country house. Nobody liked him.
books  fiction  byMen  EdgarJepson  1920s  mystery  England  EnglishEstates  ProjectGutenberg 
april 2016
Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/2792/

Teenager in the 1830s marries the proprietor of a temperance newspaper in her sisters place. They figure out that they love each other, but it takes a while.
books  fiction  historical  NewYorkState  GraceLivingstonHill  religiousovertones  trains  siblings  He/SheFellInLoveWithHis/HerWife/Husband  byWomen  1900s  comeuppance 
april 2016
A Poor Wise Man by Mary Roberts Rinehart - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/catching-up-2516/

A story about a city. Lily Cardew's grandfather helped build it. Jim Doyle wants to destroy it. Willy Cameron is going to do his best to save it.
books  fiction  MaryRobertsRinehart  1920s  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  America  politics  work  WWI  PostWar  labor  socialandclassissues 
april 2016
Ten Dollars Enough by Catherine Owen - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/2906/

Molly Bishop and her husband try out housekeeping. This book is mostly recipes, by volume, and that works better than you would think.
books  fiction  cooking  CatherineOwen  1880s  food  housekeeping  America  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  suburban 
april 2016
Molly Bishop's Family - Catherine Owen - Google Books
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/molly-bishops-family/

Molly's experiences running a business and raising her children. Not as wonderful as Ten Dollars Enough, but what is?
books  fiction  CatherineOwen  cooking  1880s  byWomen  GoogleBooks  business  work  childcare  food  America 
april 2016
Doodles: The Sunshine Boy - Emma C. Dowd - Google Books
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/the-polly-of-the-hospital-staff-series/

Follows Polly of Lady Gay Cottage and precedes Polly and the Princess, but Polly isn't featured very prominently. This book belongs to Doodles Stickney, who can't walk but can sing, his brother Blue, and the mockingbird Caruso.
books  fiction  EmmaCDowd  byWomen  musicians  birds  poverty  series  1910s  GoogleBooks  America  disability 
april 2016
EXPERIENCE by Catherine Cotton
"This charming chronicle has no plot.
It is an attempt to present a happy, witty simple-minded woman who attracted love because she gave it out, and tried to make her home a little well of happiness in the desert of the world."

(I laughed and cried.)
books  fiction  CatherineCotton  ProjectGutenberg  byWomen  religion  WWI  England  FirstPersonPoV  1920s 
march 2016
Penelope's English Experiences, by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/9th-blogiversary-catch-up/

Penelope, Salemina and Francesca hang out in London, not doing much of anything, as far as I can tell. But they do nothing very charmingly.
books  fiction  FirstPersonPoV  KateDouglasSmithWiggin  1890s  travel  England  London  byWomen  romance 
february 2016
A Cathedral Courtship by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/9th-blogiversary-catch-up/

Jack chases Kitty and her aunt from English cathedral town to English cathedral town. Nice enough, but a little too exactly what you think it is.
books  fiction  KateDouglasSmithWiggin  byWomen  ProjectGutenberg  epistolary  FirstPersonPoV  churches  travel  England  1890s  romance 
february 2016
Gentle Breadwinners: The Story of One of Them - Catherine Owen - Google Books
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/catch-up-2152016/

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  America 
february 2016
The Seven Darlings - Gouverneur Morris - Google Books
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/catch-up-2152016/

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  fluff  hotels&resorts  NewYorkState  siblings  inheritanceandsuccession 
february 2016
Good References by E. J. Rath - Free Ebook
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/2858/

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 
january 2016
THE ROMANTIC PRINCE by Rafael Sabatini
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/captain-blood-day-the-romantic-prince/

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/that-pretty-little-horsebreaker-aka-pretty-kitty-herrick-the-horsebreaker/

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/outside-inn/

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/a-chain-of-evidence/

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/the-swimming-pool/

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  unFree  1950s  MaryRobertsRinehart  byWomen  mystery  siblings  familydrama  fallenOnHardTimes 
march 2015
Wired Love by Ella Cheever Thayer
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/wired-love/

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)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36684

Molly Brown's Sophomore Days (1912)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32453

Molly Brown's Junior Days (1912)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36717

Molly Brown's Senior Days (1913)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24903

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/2456/

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
https://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/2450/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-mystery/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/average-jones/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/the-girl-who-had-nothing/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/the-madness-of-may/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/mrs-tree-and-mrs-trees-will/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/geoffrey-strong/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/terror-keep/

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
http://redeemingqualities.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/room-13/

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
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