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Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: The Golden Rose

The Golden Rose, the final story in Tea with Mr. Rochester, is about Emily’s Aunt Essie. Emily is quite fond of her aunt, but ever since the arrival of Julia, Emily’s stepmother, Essie has been hardly invited to the Manor. Julia “a parrot-tulip, an elegant but gaudy creature with a variety of selves” don’t think […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Lucinda

Lucinda, the shortest story in the collection, is another tale with a supernatural vibe. In fact, Lucinda is the family phantom at Paigles where the Quarles lives. Now Mrs. Quarles, mother of Venetia, Theodora, Clare, Duncan, and Lewis is not very happy about her children’s fascination with Lucinda. She thinks her children are “possessed” by […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: The Chosen and the Rejected

Another fascinating story! In The Chosen and the Rejected, Lucy Hillier and Florence Greg are two women who have been friends since childhood. Now both of them are at a stage in life where they have “found themselves in the predicament of having no niche in life to fill.” So when Lucy suggests that they […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Strings in Hollow Shells

This is going to be a short review. ūüėÄ In Strings in Hollow Shells Sandra is a city girl living in London. Now to mend her broken heart, she’s vacationing at Mrs. Prideaux’s country house which has “an atmosphere of tranquility,” and where no one has died of a broken heart, been betrayed or forsaken. […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: The Rose in the Picture

Another charming story in this collection. In The Rose in the Picture, the protagonist Ursula is interested in Henry Potter, the son of the village vicar. Henry is only a few years older than Ursula. They had known each other since they were children, however, they are not friends. Ursula remembers the Christmas parties and […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Don Juan and the Lilly

In Don Juan and the Lilly Elsa, our protagonist is a nineteen-year-old working girl because her mother felt that “her daughters’ lack of allure necessitated them having careers.” At work, Elsa’s responsibilities are mostly clerical, and one morning after she mistakenly files a crucial document in a wrong file, Mr. Pelham, her boss chides Elsa […]

Tea With Mr. Rochester: The Little Willow by Frances Towers

It has been some time since I last posted here. We came to Sri Lanka for a short break and then hopped on a plane again to visit Singapore. ūüėÄ So I haven’t spent much time reading. But now I plan on getting back to my regular rhythm, and hopefully read few books from the […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Tea with Mr. Rochester

Next up in Frances Towers’s collection is the title story. When I picked the book, I was wondering if Tea with Mr. Rochester would have anything to do with Jane Eyre and as it turns out it does! Prissy, the story’s protagonist is an orphaned little girl brought up by her aunts. While in boarding […]

Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Violet

Now that I’m done reading Love Stories I figured it’s time I read another Persephone short story collection. The anthology I picked is Tea with Mr. Rochester, the only book Frances Towers ever published. Last year I came across one of her stories in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Spade Man from Over the […]

Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper

Today is the final day of Persephone Readathon, so I thought I would pick a slim book which I’ll be able to read in a day. The book I chose is Operation Heartbreak which only has 167 pages, and right off the bat before I get into the story I must urge you not to […]

The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Shuttle, which I think will most likely end up among my top reads of this year, is a book set in the early 1900s at a time when it was fashionable for American heiresses to marry British aristocrats. These American heiresses were then called “Dollar Princesses.” By marrying into British families they gained titles […]

William ‚Äď an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton

William ‚Äď an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton is the first book Persephone Books published. So to kick off the Persephone Readathon, I decided I’d read it. It is the story of William Tully, a “mild-mannered, pale-faced, and under-sized” young clerk. He comes to a small fortune when his mother passes away, but having spent his […]

Persephone Readathon

Last year while I was England I had the chance to pop by the lovely Persephone Bookstore. I have been a fan of their books for a while, so this trip was a memorable one for me (I wouldn’t mind if I could teleport there right now!), and it left me wanting to read more […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Ir√®ne N√©mirovsky: L‚Äôinconnu (The Unknown Soldier)

The Unknown Soldier is another favorite of mine in Dimanche and Other Stories. Set during WWII following the German invasion of Belgium, the story takes place at a railway station in France, where two French soldiers, Claude and Francois who had come home for their sister’s wedding are waiting to return to the front. While […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Ir√®ne N√©mirovsky: La confidente (The Devoted Friend)

In The Devoted Friend, we have Roger Dange, a recent widow, and an esteemed singer visiting his late wife’s friend. We learn¬†while Roger Dange was away performing in Mexico, his wife Florence met with an accident and succumbed to the injuries. Florence at the time had been staying with her childhood friend, Camille Cousin. At […]