This is the oldest of the novels from Grandma's trunk, so far at least. The action begins somewhere around the turn of the century. Meet Lydia, sixteen years old and incredibly lovely. And sort of incredibly full of herself, or in love with her own loveliness, or something. She's hot and she knows it.
My first big problem with Lydia/the author/this book is that Lydia is five feet eight inches tall. In 1900? That is freakishly tall. I happen to know that about fifteen years ago, the average MAN in the United States was 5' 8". Fortunately, all the men she meets are even taller. (*sulks* I know how tall the average US man was 15 years ago because that's when I looked it up to find out if it was really my imagination that at 5' 10" I towered over nearly every man I met.)
Lydia is a housemaid/nanny on a farm in England. A stranger comes to study farming. Or something. It doesn't matter, because he will be spending all his time pursuing Lydia. His name is Bernard. He convinces Lydia that they should get married. So they sekritly elope.
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