In this delightful and witty novel, Laura Willowes rebels against pressure to be the perfect "maiden aunt." Not interested in men or the rushed life of London, Laura is forced to move there from her beloved countryside after the death of her father. Finally, she strikes out for the countryside on her own, selling her soul to an affable but rather simpleminded devil. First written in the 1920s, this book is timely and entertaining. It was the first selection of the Book of the Month Club in 1926.
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What a surprising and delightful book. This is about a woman who does not conform, does not fit the respectable mold, and who manages to persevere and even flourish as a result. This is not a typical "be true to yourself and everything will work out alright" tale, even though there are certainly strong elements of that sentiment to be derived. The supernatural aspects of this novel caught me completely by surprise and were, therefore, more effective.
Well-written story which seemed a rather trite tale at the start. But watch out! Miss Willowes turns out to be delightful and unconventional . Considering the time of its writing, the author shows that women have felt unfulfilled for longer than many people expect.