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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 read

3.5 rounded up for sheer originality.

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 tu

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 status

Liked the book very much!

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 was

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 are

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