25 Dec 2010 – LibraryThing Virago Group Secret Santa gift from Parmaviolet

The letters of Rose-Marie Schmidt, from a small town in Germany, to ex-lodger Roger Anstruther, back in England having declared his love at the very last minute.  Very vivid and lifelike, funny and poignant; her family and neighbours are drawn beautifully, as are the house she moves to and her relations with her servant.  So far, so delightful, but the ending, heralded though it is by some acerbic comments and others’ suspicions that she is a "liberated" woman, is both fresh and surprising.

I think this is the only Von Arnim I didn’t already have, and is a valuable and worthwhile addition to my Virago collection.