[Free eBook] The Reluctant Madonna by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1920s Literary Novel]

The Reluctant Madonna by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary personal drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1929 by Cassell & Co.

The story takes place in London during the 1920s and explores tensions and expectations in an aristocratic woman’s personal and family life, as an isolated “perfect” wife estranged from her husband finds herself being targeted by her son’s ambitious love interest, a sometime artist’s model who sees an opportunity to secure her future when the mother becomes attached to painter commissioned to produce her portrait.

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[Free eBook] Mothers: Their Power and Influence by Ann Dally [Vintage Psychology & Self-Help]

Mothers: Their Power and Influence by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage behavioural psychology book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. This was intended at the time (during the 1970s) to be an accessibly-written in-depth guide to parent and child behaviours and environmental influences intended to aid mothers to better understand the psychological underpinnings of their relationships with their children.

The text draws upon the author’s extensive observations from her psychiatric practice, with true accounts of the mothers and children she encountered, as well as selected excerpts from literary authors who wrote expressively about the effects of their own relationships with their mothers.

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[Free eBook] Fenny by Lettice Cooper [1930s Italy Historical Literary Novel]

Fenny by the late English author Lettice Cooper, who was honoured with an OBE and other recognitions for her contributions to authors’ rights and literature, is her vintage historical literary drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by Victor Gollancz and was later reprinted by Virago Press, a specialty press which reprints works by notable but relatively obscure historical women authors.

The story is set in Italy during the 1930s and the rising fascist lead-up to WWII, starring a bereaved single woman who becomes a governess to successive British expat families in Italy and finds contentment watching the children grow up, though the spectre of increasingly disturbing political developments begins to threaten her nearly-idyllic retreat.

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[Free eBook] A Candle in the Sun by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1960s Spain Literary Novel]

A Candle in the Sun by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by Longmans, Green & Co Ltd.

This coming-of-age story is set in Granada, Spain, where the teenaged daughter of eccentric parents, both engaged in affairs with colourful characters, strives to find happiness and balance in an unsteady world, even as her turbulent experiences within her own friendship circle seem to parallel those of her elders.

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[Free eBook] E. M. Forster: A Biography by Harry T. Moore [Vintage 20th Century Literature Study]

E. M. Forster: A Biography by the late Harry T. Moore, a university professor and literary critic who was twice the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, is his vintage early 20th century author biography cum literature study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by Columbia University Press as #10 in their Columbia Essays On Modern Writers series.

This literary biography examines the life and outlook of early 20th century English author E. M. Forster—who wrote such classic novels as A Passage to India, A Room With A View, and Maurice—using selected works including his novels and more, to flesh out a portrait of his writing and personality as seen via his creations.

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[Free eBook] Bell Timson by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1940s Literary Novel]

Bell Timson by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1946 by Doubleday.

The story is set in London during the 1940s and explores family and personal drama themes, starring a divorced woman trying to provide for her children by entering employment as a masseuse for wealthy fashionable ladies, which in turn puts her in touch with someone who tempts her with a dangerous opportunity to achieve the financial security and better future prospects for her daughters she desires, by not entirely aboveboard means.

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[Free eBook] Richard’s Feet by Carey Harrison [Award-Winning Post-WWII Literary Identity Thriller]

Richard’s Feet by British author Carey Harrison, a multiple award-winning playwright and novelist who is also the son of classic actor Rex Harrison (of My Fair Lady and Cleopatra fame), is the 1st novel in his The Heart Beneath quartet of historical literary thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Mackays of Cheltham and won the UK Society of Writers’ Encore Award in 1990 and was also longlisted for the Booker Prize. The novel explores themes of post-World War II identity and starts in the late 1940s, set in England and Soviet-dominated Germany and continues there for some decades after, with references back to events during the 1930s.

The story stars an Englishman who goes in search of a woman he once loved during the pre-war years, hoping to find her in Soviet Germany, and eventually becomes a boss in the criminal underworld of Hamburg after faking his death and adopting a new identity, though he finds out he cannot fully escape the influence of the life he had before.

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[Free eBook] Rose Under Glass by Elizabeth Berridge [1950s Literary Drama Novel]

Rose Under Glass by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary drama novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1961 by William Heinemann.

The story is set in 1950s London as various characters meet and intertwine, the main narrative split between a suddenly-widowed woman who may be able to move on from loss with the owner of a local coffee shop, and a husband moving his family from rural Wales to attempt his dream of publishing, who may find himself losing them as the cost of his career.

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[Free eBook] Matador by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Matador by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage literary fiction family drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1934 by Victor Gollancz. The novel is set in Spain during the 1930s, and is a family/social drama with f/m romantic suspense elements.

The story focuses on the conflicts between a matador father and his three sons—one dutifully following in his famous bull-fighting father’s footsteps, the second a disabled outcast, and the third and favourite hiding a dark secret—as they clash in their life expectations, with the tensions coming to a head as a young woman who is betrothed to marry one son catches the eyes of both another son and their widower father, as well.

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[Free eBook] The One-Eyed Moon by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1930s Literary Drama]

The One-Eyed Moon by the late British author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone literary fiction drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1935 by Victor Gollancz. The story takes place in Spain in the troubled years prior to the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s (which officially started after this novel was originally written).

This is a mixed personal, family, and political drama where a man and his wife, their conflicts exacerbated by very different backgrounds, and their daughter play out their probable tragedy against the backdrop of the greater national turmoil.

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