The Courtship of Susan Bell by Anthony Trollope

Author: Anthony Trollope
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,543 / 41 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.5
LoC Category: PR

Downloads: 2,255
mnybks.net#: 6975
Genres: Romance, Short Story

She had already counted ten years of widowhood, and her children had grown to be young women beside her at the time of which I am now about to speak. Since that sad day on which they had left Albany they had lived together at the cottage at the Springs. In winter their life had been lonely enough; but as soon as the hot weather began to drive the fainting citizens out from New York, they had always received two or three boarders–old ladies generally, and occasionally an old gentleman–persons of very steady habits, with whose pockets the widow’s moderate demands agreed better than the hotel charges. And so the Bells lived for ten years.

That Saratoga is a gay place in July, August, and September, the world knows well enough. To girls who go there with trunks full of muslin and crinoline, for whom a carriage and pair of horses is always waiting immediately after dinner, whose fathers’ pockets are bursting with dollars, it is a very gay place. Dancing and flirtations come as a matter of course, and matr

Plashers Mead by Compton MacKenzie

Plashers Mead is an unusual sort of title; but then it belongs to a novel quite out of the ordinary. There is something both striking and delightful in the way this love story is told, although the incidents are trivial enough, and the persons more like ordinary living folk than the principals of most modern fiction. But with a sure hand and delicate touch, a remarkable sense of color, and a gift of imagination all his own, the author weaves page after page of lyrical prose into a tapestry that leaves the critic without opportunity for disparagement.

Author: Compton MacKenzie
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 113,906 / 327 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.9
LoC Category: PR

Downloads: 907
Added to site: 2010.07.20
mnybks.net#: 28483
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Romance

since the days of Elizabeth. He counted the nine windows, five above and four below, populating with the shapes of many friends the rooms they lightened. He looked at the steep roof of gray-stone tiles rich with the warm golden green of mossy patterns. He looked at the four pear-trees against the walls of the house barren now for many years. He looked at himself in silhouette against the silver sky of the well-water; and then he went indoors.

The big stone-paved hall was very cool, and the sound of the stream at the back came babbling through lattices open to the light of a green world. Guy could not make up his mind whether the inside of the house smelled very dry or very damp, for there clung about it that odor peculiar to rustic age, which may be found equally in dry old barns and in damp potting-sheds. He wished he could furnish the hall worthily. At present it contained only a high-back chair, an alleged contemporary of Cromwell, which was doddering beside the hooded fireplace; a warming-pan; and

Prisoners by Mary Cholmondeley

Miss Cholmondeley’s latest work is a splendid study of the action of remorse. The chivalrous victim immured in an Italian prison must have suffered indeed from an appreciation of the fickleness and weakness of woman.

Author: Mary Cholmondeley
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,500 / 258 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Category: PR

Downloads: 461
Added to site: 2006.07.17
mnybks.net#: 14059
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Romance

r-stained arches of the cloister, and then he looked full at Fay with a certain peculiar detached glance which had first made her endeavour to attract him. There is a look in a man’s face which women like Fay cannot endure, because it means independence of them.

“I thought,” he said, with the grave simplicity which apparently was unchangeable in him whatever else might change, “that it was only I who remembered. It has always been a comfort to me that any unhappiness which my want of forethought, my–my culpable selfishness may have caused, was borne by myself alone.”

“I was unhappy too,” she said, speaking as simply as he. She looked up at him suddenly as she said it. There was a wet glint in her deep violet eyes. She believed absolutely at that moment that she had been as unhappy as he for four years. There was no suspicion in her mind that she was not genuine. Only the sincere ever doubt their sincerity. Fay never doubted hers. She felt what she said, and the sweet eyes turned on Michael had

The Courage of the Commonplace by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews

Author: Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,184 / 38 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.9
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 711
mnybks.net#: 587
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Romance

n ought to be gentle–if his mother had been alive–but then he was glad she wasn’t. With that a sob shook him–startled him. Angrily he stood up and glared about the place. This wouldn’t do; he must pull himself together. He walked up and down the little living room, bright with boys’ belongings, with fraternity shields and flags and fencing foils and paddles and pictures; he walked up and down and he whistled “Dunderbeck,” which somehow was in his head. Then he was singing it:

“Oh Dunderbeck, Oh Dunderbeck, how could you be so mean As even to have thought of such a terrible machine! For bob-tailed rats and pussy-cats shall never more be seen; They’ll all be ground to sausage-meat in Dunderbeck’s machine.”

There are times when Camembert cheese is a steadying thing to think of–or golf balls. “Dunderbeck” answered for John McLean. It appeared difficult to sing, however–he harked back to whistling. Then the clear piping broke suddenly. He bit his lower lip and went and sat down before the desk a

The Courting of Lady Jane by Josephine Daskam Bacon

Author: Josephine Daskam Bacon (Ingraham Lovell)
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,260 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.3
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 2,056
Added to site: 2007.11.07
mnybks.net#: 18917
Genres: Short Story, Romance

is not enough for her, she should not marry the man who cannot–“

She stopped suddenly and controlled with great effort a rising emotion almost too strong for her. Again a deep, inexplicable sympathy welled up in him. He longed to comfort her, to give her everything she wanted. He blamed himself and Jane for all the trouble they were causing her.

That afternoon she kept in her room, and he and his fiancée drank their tea together alone. He was worried by the news of the morning, dissatisfied out of all proportion, vexed that so sensible and natural a proposition should leave him so uneasy and disappointed. He had meant the smooth, quiet life to go on without a break, and now the new relation must change everything.

He glanced at Jane, a little irritated that she should not perceive his mood and exorcise it. But she had not her mother’s marvellous susceptibility. She drank her tea in serene silence. He made a few haphazard remarks, hoping to lose in conversation the cloud that threa

The Place of Honeymoons by Harold MacGrath

The story concerns the pursuit of a beautiful opera singer by a young, idle, clean-minded, extravagantly well-to-do American. Cortlandt, the young American hero, is a typical MacGrath creation. He is so rich that he cannot get rid of his money fast enough. No love-plot was ever more original. Clearly this is one of the best of MacGrath’s stories.

Author: Harold MacGrath
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,669 / 171 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.3
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,510
Added to site: 2008.09.12
mnybks.net#: 22033
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genre: Romance

ed a half-circle. There was Durand’s; but Durand’s on opera nights entertained many Americans, and he did not care to meet any of his compatriots to-night. So he turned down the Rue Royale, on the opposite side, and went into the Taverne Royale, where the patrons were not over particular in regard to the laws of fashion, and where certain ladies with light histories sought further adventures to add to their heptamerons. Now, Courtlandt thought neither of the one nor of the other. He desired isolation, safety from intrusion; and here, did he so signify, he could find it. Women gazed up at him and smiled, with interest as much as with invitation. He was brown from long exposure to the wind and the sun, that golden brown which is the gift of the sun-glitter on rocking seas. A traveler is generally indicated by this artistry of the sun, and once noted instantly creates a speculative interest. Even his light brown hair had faded at the temples, and straw-colored was the slender mustache, the ends of which had a ca

The Prisoner by Alice Brown

Author: Alice Brown
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 136,688 / 384 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.4
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 623
Added to site: 2009.07.11
mnybks.net#: 24669
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Romance

eave it for a single minute as long as we live. I want to go ever the house. Farvie, can’t we go over the house?”

They went up the rotten steps, Lydia with a last proprietary look at the orchard, as if she sealed it safe from all the spells of night, and entered at the front door, trying, at her suggestion, to squeeze in together three abreast, so they could own it equally. It was a still, kind house. The last light lay sweetly in the room at the right of the hall, a large square room with a generous fireplace well blackened and large surfaces of old ivory paint. There was a landscape paper here, of trees in a smoky mist and dull blue skies behind a waft of cloud. Out of this lay the dining-room, all in green, and the windows of both rooms looked on a gigantic lilac hedge, and beyond it the glimmer of a white colonial house set back in its own grounds. The kitchen was in a lean-to, a good little kitchen brown with smoke, and behind that was the shed with dark cobwebbed rafters and corners that cried ou

Ladies-In-Waiting by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,624 / 158 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.3
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,000
Added to site: 2008.10.16
mnybks.net#: 22397
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Romance, Short Story Collection

selections but one or two were to be without accompaniment, and in these Tommy would sit at the piano surrounded by the other three in a little group.

Miss Guggenheim was to give them their first appearance, invite fifty or sixty people, and serve tea. She kindly offered to sing some solos herself, but Tommy, shuddering inwardly, said she thought it was better that the quartette should test its own strength unaided.

Miss Guggenheim couldn’t sing, but she could dress, and she had an inspiration a week before the concert.

“What are you going to wear, girls?” she asked.

“Anything we have, is the general idea,” said Tommy. “Mine is black.”

“Mine’s blue”–“White”–“Pink!” came from the other three.

“But must you wear those particular dresses? Can’t you each compromise a little so as to look better together?”

“So hard to compromise when each of us has one dress hanging on one nail; one neck and sleeves filled up for afternoons and ripped out for evenings!”