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The Lady of the Basement Flat

Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

Book Overview: 

A naive young girl strikes out on her own and ends up leading a double life in this engaging tale of love lost and found.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I murmured indefinitely, and glanced at the screen. Mentally I could see Charmion leaning back in her chair, smiling her slow fine smile, inquisitively waiting to see just how firm or how weak I could be. I was not inclined to be weak. There was something in the personality of this big domineering man which roused an imp of contradiction. We sat silent, eyeing one another across the room.

“I believe you and—er—Mrs Fane are strangers to this neighbourhood?”

“Yes! That is so.”

“You have no—er—special link or attraction?”

I saw the trap, and protested blandly.

“Oh, yes! We are delighted with Pastimes. It exactly suits our requirements.”

Mr Maplestone frowned, and fidgeted to and fro, then suddenly leant forward, straightening his face into what was obviously intended to be a smile.

“Miss Wastneys! Will you forgive me if I am perfectly frank and honest, and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The first person narration was very witty and highly entertaining. I was never fully onboard with the Squire, but it was still a joy to read.

Adorable. Two friends decide to set up housekeeping together in a country house, but with the agreement they can each come and go as they please. One of them has a secret about her married life. The other one has decided to periodically moonlight as a little old lady in London. Why? Read and find ou

It's late Victorian - there's cars and telephones. Disguises and lovers meetings. Cute.

Positively delightful!

Mrs. Vaisey's Christian world view is evident, but it feels subtle and real.

A tribute to the author, published in the Sydney Morning Herald on her death, begins with, "Her stories were always simple and pure, yet had much fun in them." And closes with "To-day we are apt to thi

It is a nice, charming love story (or I should rather say two love stories). Evelyn and Mr Maplestone were like Elizabeth and Darcy. I loved their encounters. The story of Charmion showed up quite non-original. Perhaps then such idea was less known, today we have read and watched many such stories i

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