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Miss Cayley's Adventures

Grant Allen

Book Overview: 

Miss Lois Cayley, a smart, strong and independent woman, is traveling around the world. However, her beloved is in trouble. He is accused of a crime which he didn't commit. But who did? And would she be able to save him from 14 years in prison? And would an independent woman let herself, finally, fall in love and live quietly?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Besides, the study of art should be most useful to an adventuress; for she must need all the arts that human skill has developed.

So to Frankfort I betook myself, and found there a nice little pension—'for ladies only,' Frau Bockenheifner assured me—at very moderate rates, in a pleasant part of the Lindenstrasse. It had dimity curtains. I will not deny that as I entered the house I was conscious of feeling lonely; my heart sank once or twice as I glanced round the luncheon-table at the domestically-unsympathetic German old maids who formed the rank-and-file of my fellow-boarders. There they sat—eight comfortable Fraus who had missed their vocation; plentiful ladies, bulging and surging in tightly stretched black silk bodices. They had been cut out for such housewives as Harold Tillington had described, but found themselves deprived of their natural sphere in life by the unaccountable caprice of the men of their nation. Each was a model Teutonic. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Marvelous story from shortly before the turn of the century. Bright and fun and easy to read. Miss Cayley is a New Woman determined to travel the world on only her wits, she is educated, stubborn, independent, and remorseful. (Not to mention beautiful, charming and cutting.) This book does not re...more

A sparkling beginning - audacious heroine decides to work her way around the world by her wits. At first, her spirit is refreshing and fun, but the "adventures" are more than serendipitous as they spin out, and become repetitive as a result. The last bit is on another tack altogether - so, uneven...more

Well, this novel is, shall we say, comprehensive.
Lois Cayley's stepfather dies. He is her last near relation and she is left penniless, so she quite naturally decides to take a trip around the world. Who wouldn't? Along the way she hunts out new sources of income, or sometimes things find her. By...more

Lois Cayley is the quick-witted, sharp-tongued, stout-hearted heroine of this sweet little novel. She's so clever and masterful that her various triumphs come as no surprise, but her asides are so amusing that her near-perfection is never annoying. The quips and bon mots are hilarious (see my sta...more

Well, that was fun! Beyond the entertainment value, though, it's interesting to see the character of this highly independent Victorian woman as written by a man of the period.

Because I don't really read reviews or too much in the way of plot synopses before I pick up a book, I assumed this book...more

The Good

• Dry humor
My employer wrote, ‘You are a born journalist.’ I confess this surprised me; for I have always considered myself a truthful person. Still, as he evidently meant it for praise, I took the doubtful compliment in good part, and offered no remonstrance.”

• Illustrations!
There ar...more

Miss Cayley's Adventures was a recommendation by Goodreads, which I succeeded to get in e-book format. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and the exploits of "the adventuress" Miss Cayley. The book was a good mix of the wit of Oscar Wilde, the worldliness of Jules Verne, and the intri...more

Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Miss Cayley’s Adventures, written in 1899, is so adorable that if it were a person I’d marry it. I loved this book so much, particularly the first half, which is pure delight. In the second half of the book, Miss Cayley’s travels bring us face to face wit...more

Missie will hate Miss Cayley's Adventures for the same reasons she hated Name of the Wind. Miss Cayley is too damn good at everything. But Name of the Wind was funny, there was real swashbucklement, the plot moved forward, it wasn't racist. Missie recommended Miss Cayley's Adventures to me based...more

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