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Oh my gosh -- I have not heard the name Elizabeth Cadell in years -- I read maybe 10 of her books in high school decades ago ... very enjoyable if not as memorable as Georgette Heyer. Still -- I would definitely revisit her books if I could find one.


AJ--I'm so glad to hear you like her books. I have looked at this one several times but something kept me from bringing it home. She sounds promising. Have you read this one? It is the only one my library owns, but I see she wrote loads. I love GH, too, and usually read one or two of her books every year (haven't so far this year), but I am always on the look out for new and interesting authors to try!


I have never read her. It sounds charming, but yes, a bit contrived.


I've not heard of Cadell before. The last line of the review cracked me up though!


I've read a few of her books -- my favorite is "The Fledgling", which involves a 10-year-old, very self-possessed orphan, a stolen gold statue, and, as far as I can remember, some romantic entanglements. She's a very LIGHT writer, but good if you're in the mood for something breezy, fun, and nicely written.

Michelle Ann

I found an Elizabeth Cadell book in the library years ago, and thought the story sounded fun. It was, and I have read occasional others since then. She is a good storyteller, and her books now have the added attraction of nostalgia - how things have changed, even from the 1960s! Ideal when you want a light and breezy romance. Angela Thirkell is probably the writer she most reminds me of.


Hi Danielle,

I did come across a few Elizabeth Cadell books in the Newark Public Library but until I read your post, I wasn't even aware of her writing.


Danielle, I have read this one but no real memory of it. She is -- as someone else noted -- a light writer so I remember the name fondly but none of the plots. I do think she was lucky in her cover art ... always appealing on the shelf. I also liked the settings (something I also liked about Mary Stewart's early books) because I love to travel.


When I read your Lost in the Stacks posts, I picture you wandering the aisles of your library, choosing interesting-looking books at random... Is that how you do it?

This sounds like fun. I'm always hoping someone will be like Mary Stewart, as she's one of my favorite writers.


Danielle, Elizabeth Cadell sounds vaguely familiar. I may have read a few of her books many moons ago, but really don't recall them. You, however, have made me want to pick one up soon.


Caroline--It sounds like the author was going more for entertaining than anything else. Sometimes I can overlook a contrived story--if it's got other things going for it.

Stefanie--Wasn't that great? I had to quote it when I read it. Obviously the reviewer was a fan! :)

Oolookitty--I knew there would be a few people who had her read! Sometimes light and breezy is just what I want!! This is the only one I have access to but I'll note down the title just in case the public library has her books, too.

Michelle Ann--I like Angela Thirkell, so I bet I would like her, too. And I love writers who are also good storytellers, so I'll be keeping her in mind. I sort of like that period nostalgia, too, which is why I've been reading Helen MacInnes and Mary Stewart.

Ash--It was serendipity--well that and a fun title that made me bring one of her books home with me!

AJ--Good settings is a draw for me, too. Sometimes books are just consumables--you take them in, enjoy them for a bit and then move on--and it's nice to have a few dependable authors like that on hand.

Kathy--That's pretty much what I do. You should see what my desk at work looks like by the end of the week. If I have to go to the stacks for something else I always keep my eyes peeled for something interesting looking/sounding and then pick the best of the stack. I am happy to find Mary Stewart readalikes, too, though I guess I have enough unread Mary Stewart books to keep me busy already.

Penny--It sounds as though a number of people have read her and you probably did as well-I think she must have had quite a following and even now there is a group devoted to her. I'm keeping her in mind for a little escapism!


I had never heard of her before. She sounds like an author I'd like to give a try, though yes, the plot of this one sounds a little contrived. But that title sounds so good :)


Iris--I like light hearted reads now and again and always have a few books on hand (and usually on the go, too!) that fit the bill. It's always nice to have a promising author in mind when the need for something light arises!


I've never heard of her, but she sounds charming. Given they're the same time period, the summary makes me think of E F Benson, who I was reading sitting on the till in the bookstore yesterday - he is a hoot, and hopefully Elizabeth Cadell will be too.


Litlove--I really need to read EF Benson--not sure why I've not yet done so as I am sure I'd love him. Good, gentle reads are always appreciated and I think I'll have to pick one up soon. Maybe this one or good old reliable Georgette Heyer!


My mom went through a big Elizabeth Cadell phase several years ago. She read many from the library and had me track some down for her online. The paperbacks are pretty easy to find (or were at the time), but I just love the illustrations on the old dust jackets.

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