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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Letters from Bath Or A Friend in Exile (tongue in cheek humour) British style

Letters from Bath; Or, A Friend in Exile (The Merriweather Chronicles) by [Meredith Allady]

Story is all done in a series of letters and after reading one book like this (Helene Hanff) I loved the style.

The story is set in the times of Jane Austen so should have been a polite, ladylike way of writing - but it is sarcastic, witty and very modern. The writer taken against her will to Bath to be presented almost, by her fashionable distant mother who beneath the surface is condescending to her daughter for being insipid and not worthy of the name mainly because she has a limp. This is highlighted as one of the main obstacles to her marriage and must have been so hard for the girl in society at the time.

Nevertheless the story surrounds another lady and her mother who are being brow beaten in the most respectable way just because of genteel poverty as they are under the guardianship of one of their relations who is taking utmost advantage of their insecurity. Ann is determined to whisk them away from their yoke of being subservient and arranges successfully through a series of planned meetings a most eligible bachelor and his aunt much to the dismay of Ann's mother who was very annoyed at her daughter for allowing this rich young man to get away.

I understand that there are more from this author in similar vein and now I will try to track them down.

I am reading vintage and classic authors in between the more modern ones for just a change of pace.

This was a free download from Amazon. Thank you Amazon.


  1. I love epistolary novels and this one sounds like fun! Will be checking it out! Oh, and I like the cover, too.

  2. I'm a fan of epistolary novels so this is going on my list. Thanks for sharing, Mystica!

  3. I love epistolary novels like this. I will have to give this one a try. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, Mystica!