Saturday, February 13, 2010

Short Story 23: MY DEAR MISS FAIRFAX by Nicola Slade

**Updated the Links! Thank You Suko, for letting me know that the links were not working!**
Short Story 23: MY DEAR MISS FAIRFAX by Nicola Slade

I read a review of this story at The Book Mine Set, who by the way has a great repository of great short story reviews. In the review, John points out that the story had been already read and reviewed AND liked by 2 other new-to-me bloggers. This info triggered my interest in this story and another fact, and let me tell you the main reason for me reading this one had to be that this was written in epistolary format -- just like Daddy-Long-Legs! This format has suddenly become my favorite and any books/short-stories written in this way, will definitely land up in my wish list :)

This was a great read. It is about a Mr Ambrose Rogers, a plantation owner in the West Indies, writing to Lady Steyne in London, seeking her help in finding a wife for himself who was ready to come and settle with him in the West Indies. As it turns out, Lady Steyne knows someone and introduces them through letters. What follows in best left for you to discover and let me tell you it is a good story with a really nice, cozy and happy ending!
Another thing I noted was the enjoyable view of life and styles of people in 1840s. It is really wonderful, that the author was able to pack in so much in such a short story and deliver it with simplicity and grace!
Highly recommended with a cup of warm tea!
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Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This does sound really good. I rarely read short stories -- thanks for bringing this to my attention. :-)

Nymeth said...

Epistolary! *clicks over to read*

I'm also always on the lookout for epistolary stories and novels. We need to tell each other about the ones we discover :P

Suko said...

Veens, I will try to read this story soon. With a cup of tea nearby, of course. Thanks for the link!

Epistolary books I've recently enjoyed:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

West From Home

Nicola Slade said...

Veens, that's such a generous review, thank you so much. (I was guided over here by Suko - thank you to her too!)
Daddy Longlegs and Dear Enemy are among my favourite books so I'm entirely in agreement with you about epistolatory stories. And the Victorian era is a particular favourite of mine; my cosy Victorian mystery novels are set in the 1850s.

Thank you again for this, I'm so glad I've found your blog too.

Veens said...

Stephanie - give ti a try. i hope u enjoy it!

Nymeth - this was my reaction too! You need to tell me too! It is such a fun thing!

Suko - I need to check those out! Thanks Girl!

Nicola! WoW! I am so so Glad you commented! It give me a great high! I am glad you like Jean Webster's book, because I am a new fan too! I will surely check out your books in the near future! Thank you b. much indeed!

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