A Woman Named Smith

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A Woman Named Smith is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Marie Conway Oemler is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of Marie Conway Oemler then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection…. More >>

A Woman Named Smith

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  1. A Woman Named Smith is a delightful surprise. Originally published in 1919, the main character is Sophy Smith, a businesslike thirty-something New England bred spinster. Her staid world is turned upside down when she inherits a South Carolina mansion from her eccentric great-aunt by marriage. Heading south with her best friend, confidante, and protegee, the beautiful young Alicia, she turns the mansion into a winter retreat for wealthy clients. In the process, she acquires friends and cats, solves a mystery, and finds romance. The “down sides” to the book include occasionally archaic language, and an old-fashioned view of race relations. Otherwise, it’s a fun if lightweight read. Two thumbs up.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. S. Bollinger says:

    This was a moderately fun mystery/romance. At first I didn’t realize it was written in the early 1900s, and was wondering why this lady was writing like my Grandmother spoke. There are some holes in the plot which require suspension of disbelief, and the romantic relationships are extremely predictable, but the book has it’s positive attributes. Some of the characters are quirky and interesting and overall the author does a good job with character development.

    It is a happy book, with nice interactions and relationships between people. The writing style was sometime a little pretentious I thought, but in general she wrote well without excessive use of awkward adverbs which I don’t like. She writes with a nice wit that keeps a little chuckle going. Much of the story is told with dialogue which is well written, and this keeps the story moving along. It starts off slow, unless you find descriptions of antiques and old do-dahs interesting. After the first couple chapters I found it to be a relaxing, mildly interesting and pleasant no-brainer book.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. V. Bolling says:

    I would have given this book a 5 star review but the parts about the maids and gardeners deserve at least a minus one star. Her descriptions of black people are shocking and archaic. I’ve been having an internal debate–can a book be good even it’s racial approach is so bad? Otherwise, the book is a bit magical.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Anonymous says:

    This book is wonderful! The authors use of “archaic” language has to be taken with a grain of salt. This book was written before the Civil Rights movement, before Women’s Suffrage was fully in place, and is set in the South around the turn of the century. Remember a classic called “Uncle Tom’s Cabin? That novel also uses period language and doesn’t make it any less of a great book. This will be a book that I will pull out every once in a while for a long time. Love always prevails!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. D. Gathman says:

    great novel with insight to the previous century. this matches stories from my grandmither. grab a dictionary some of the words are archiac. loved it thanks volunteers.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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