Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Young Ladies’ Room by Elizabeth Ford

I just finished this book yesterday and it was WONDERFUL.

What was interesting about it was that it was published in 1945, so it was probably written in 1943 or 1944 in Great Britain during World War 2. So although it’s a “contemporary” romantic novel, the setting and characters and dialogue are straight from the 40s and very authentic. It reminded me a bit of some of Grace Livingston Hill’s novels in its calm tone and slang-ish language.

The plot was a little predictable, but it made me cry at the end anyway (and at some points in between). What I especially liked was that I thought that each character got what they deserved (mostly). It was a terribly satisfying ending.

Unfortunately, it’s mostly available in the UK and hard to find in the US. I had to special order it from a UK used bookstore. But it was SO worth the extra money and hassle. It’s become one of my favorite books.

I really love Elizabeth Ford. I read one of her books by accident and enjoyed it so much that I went out to find her other ones. Elizabeth Ford is a pseudonym, and she also wrote historical romances (Victorian and Regency) under the pseudonym Mary Ann Gibbs.

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