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Emily Fox-Seton (Emily Fox-Seton #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,254 ratings  ·  230 reviews
A little kindness from anyone makes young Miss Fox-Seton glow. Now she has just pleased herself with a nice idea: how to make her plain, brown dress look a bit closer to the new style for the year -- for her dress "must" last longer, since she has hardly a penny to her name. Being of few pennies hardly means being of few resources, however. Miss Fox-Seton keeps herself sma ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Aegypan (first published January 1st 1901)
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Petra X
Part one: sweet love story, the commoner gets the prince sort of thing, Kate and William.
Part two: embarrassingly bad Gothic horror rubbish.

Subtotal, a book that deteriorates considerably until it finally ended and I could breathe a sigh of relief from such a dreadful potboiler.

Bonus one: It is short.
Bonus two: It was made into a tv movie, "The Making of a lady" which also starts off good then ditto.

Total: Save your money and buy a box of Milk Tray, eat all the chocolates you like the best and t
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Wealhtheow
I am always impressed by Burnett's ability to write sweet stories without being twee or saccharine. This is what Edith Wharton would write on anti-depressants.
Brenda Clough
A very Victorian/Edwardian style of fiction. Professionally speaking, I can spot the passive heroine, the contrived plot (everybody conveniently falling ill and then recovering at the right moment!), and the clumsy murder attempts, doomed to failure. Surely the heroine cannot be as dumb as she is depicted as being; it is significant that all the characters and the narrator assure the reader at least once every chapter that Emily is not stupid, because she sure acts that way. And is it deliberate ...more
Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg

The three week read and discussion of Emily Fox-Seton by Frances Hodgson Burnett begins Sunday, May 5, at the 19thCenturyLit group. Emily Fox-Seton includes The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst.

This book discussion can be joined at 19thCenturyLit - Literature of the 19th Century.

Discussion Schedule:
May 5 Part One (Chapters 1 - 6)
May 12 Part Two, Chapters 7 - 15
May 19 Part Two, Chapters 16 - 24


Both books, "The Making of a Marc
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Dagny
I loved this book. The first part, Being The Making of a Marchioness, was predictable, but the descriptions were interesting and the characters likable. The second part, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst, started out peacefully enough but then turned into a breathless rush to the finish.
Amy
After catching the movie on late night PBS (titled "The Making of a Lady"), I was curious to read the book, to see if the rather silly mistakes that drive the plot are part of the original story. They are, indeed, although the character of the woman was somewhat changed in the movie. The tall, naive, straightforward Emily in the book is repeatedly described, with favor, as "stupid" and "big", just as Lord Walderhurst her husband is described as, "dull", and "beyond middle-aged" (he's mid-50s).

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Kaye
Story: 3.5 stars
Narrator: 4 stars

Yes, I'll freely admit that, even though I had this book on my shelf for years, I didn't make the decision to read (well, listen to) it until after watching The Making of a Lady on PBS a few weeks ago (and I've pre-ordered the DVD!). While the "gothic" elements of the story seemed odd in the movie, I have to admit, they're even odder in the book . . . because they're given so much less malice and true menace first by how they're written about (and in whose POV) a
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Karen
I loved this book (I actually read "Emily Fox-Seton," which is the two parts of the story in one--the second part was originally published separately as "The Methods of Lady Walderhurst."

The first part is a Cinderella-like story in which well-born but poor Emily is struggling to keep to a certain respectable standard of living in late-19th-century London. In addition to being a rather unconventional love story, we get some insight into the state of marriage at this time and the British class sys
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astried
Another adult Burnett. I like the first part better, Emily looks such a nice, capable woman that could take care her own life, thank you very much. The romance (or the inexistence of it) was touching but not puke inducing. In the second part she seemed to be abandoning her self-reliance and became this adoring sugar sweet wife. I suppose this is real and valid thing to happen even now. It's so easy and comfortable to slip into it. I know I would gladly do it. It sounds as if I don't approve of s ...more
Diane
Slight spoiler:


The Making of a Marchioness kind of reminds me of a fairy tale, a 19th century fairy tale. There is the handsome, nice, naive heroine, the wealthy male suitor, and the evil influences. I got a bit distracted with all the references to the goodness and the niceness of Emily and her general outlook on life (a bit too saccharine for my taste) but that aside it's a pleasant read for the most part and like a fairy tale, good triumphs over evil.
Qnpoohbear
This book, written by the author of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, is an adult romance that set the pace for traditional romances by Georgette Heyer and other writers. The heroine, Emily Fox-Seton is very poor, but manages to get by on 20 pounds a year. She's not very bright, but she's good and kind and everyone loves to take advantage of her good nature. Lady Maria Bayne invites Emily to her house party in the country to assist with the duties of party planning and hosting. The guests ...more
Carol
The author of famous stories for children also wrote some books for adults, but the style is much the same, somewhat sentimental, very straight-forward and easy to read. Despite the almost unbelievable good nature of the 34-year-old heroine Emily, one admires her, and cheers for her, and laughs as, without trying, she "lands" the "catch" of the day, a titled lord, a childless widower, who, in his early 50's, wants a wife but doesn't want to have to cater to her. The ever-obliging and cheerful Em ...more
Laura McDonald
The first half is a quaint romance. While both the hero and heroine could be a little more interesting, I believe the point is that they aren't interesting at all. Emily borders on being annoying for her stupidity and letting everyone trample all over her, but she's so sweet one can't completely dislike her. Lord Walderhurst is simply an older, utterly logical fellow looking for a gal--and not just a pretty face, which is admirable.

The second half has been called racist in recent times for its t
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Nina
I enjoyed this book so much that I read it within a day and a half. The writing was lush and descriptive enough to enchant me--full of tea and English country houses. I also enjoyed the suspense--are these dark, sinister people from India really dark and sinister? Well, yes. But it wasn't as cut and dried as it could have been, thankfully. I also enjoyed the heroine, who was too good and guileless for her own good, and it seemed she was even too good, at times, for the narrator's patience! Anoth ...more
Alice
I am shocked that I had never heard of this book until just a few weeks ago. (Thank you Aunt Gayle!) What a delightful read! Previously I had only read the author's books for children, and, like many people, I didn't even know about her novels for adults until now.

The book was originally published in two parts: the first is a "Cinderella Story" of sorts, and the second is a drama/suspense/romance. It's filled with interesting characters, and moments that will make you smile and/or sigh, bite yo
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Cindy
I had no idea that the Author of "The Little Princess" and "Secret Garden" actually wrote more than this (well, correction. I knew about "Little Lord Fauntleroy" but never read it but saw some TV movie of it.) This book is WONDERFUL!! It has shades (maybe more than shades) of "Little Princess" but is for adults. The main character is one of those you know is too good to be real but makes you want to strive to be like her. I cried several times and was satisfied at that end. I will probably read ...more
Miriam
I read this because I could get it for free on Kindle--I was interested in seeing how Burnett writes for adults. The racism is typical for the time period, but no more pleasant because of that, and the main character is just a little too good. The moral of the story seems to be that if you allow yourself to be put upon by everybody, eventually everything will work out beautifully. For all my complaining, though,Burnett does keep things humming--it doesn't drag the way some books from that period ...more
Marya DeVoto
I haven't read this since I was a teenager and while the idea of a perfectly open and naturally aristocratic nature raising a woman from genteel poverty to titled riches makes the first half fairly readable, the harping on Emily's perfect normality and confiding childlike nature really cloys. The thing one likes about Mary Lennox and Sara Crewe, in her childre's books, is that they are NOT perfect paragons. I would much rather have read a book about the semi-evil Anglo-Indian wife of the heir.

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Stacey
Entertaining read. Went back into the time between the late Victorian and Early Edwardian times in England. In the beginning I can relate to Emily a tad bit. Though when she got married off, I couldn't relate to her. Ms.Burnett did write Emily so well that I still want to pull for her and want her life be happy. I find it fascinating to find out a small part of her life has inspired this book into being. Poor Frances with two failed marriages even though she made enough to support herself as a w ...more
Josefina Myrman
Kvinna vars mest framträdande karaktärsdrag är tacksamhet, brist på emotionellt djup och förnöjsamhet, vinner en 20 år äldre, självgod, kvinnoföraktande, men rik mans hjärta. Yay? Det första kapitlet var inte uppmuntrande.

Men sen utvecklas boken till en skarp bild av en edwardiansk äktenskapsmarknad som är chockerande cynisk, och djupt sorglig. Beskrivningen av hur kvinnor ska vara för att fånga en man, hur de ska spela perfekta får mig att tänka på Amy Dunnes monolog om ”The Cool Girl”.

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Cinkoe
Not my favorite of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novels for adults - some of those rival her children's classics - but it kept my interest. It is about a poor woman, of good family, who has to earn her own living in an era where there weren't many possibilities for a woman to do so. She is a kind person with an even temperament, who credits others with more kindness than deserved. She is invited to go to a house party in the country, where she is expected to work to keep the house party running & ...more
Mirte
I bought this novel at Persephone books, after a long process of selection. I eventually picked it because I´d already read something by Burnett, namely The Secret Garden, and liked that, as well as its status as a Persephone classic. This novel is described as a romance between two very unromantic characters, and that´s just right. I loved the simple tale of Miss Fox-Seton getting by on a very low budget, but being a very happy and satisfied creature and helping others whenever she can. Though ...more
Nelly
This book is divided into two two parts; the first, a Cinderella story with elements of hyper realism - as the incredibly kind but unintelligent Emily Fox Seton works at a weekend party, and the reader sees her fears of how she will survive if she can not work. The interesting part of this character is how she has no desire or ambitions for marriage, but rather only hopes to be able to work to make her money, which is an interesting viewpoint to read from, as it reveals other ways women survived ...more
Christina
Emily Fox-Seton is, unfortunately, an impoverished young women with limited opportunities and largely depends upon the kindness of friends to carve out an existence in the world. But she is well liked by friends and acquaintances, who appreciate her good nature by largely taking advantage of her, and manages to land an invitation to Lady Maria Bayne’s house party at Mallowe Court where she meets a the Marquis, Lord Walderhurst. The first part of the novel covers Emily’s time at the party and her ...more
Angela
Before watching The Making of a Lady on PBS I had no idea that Frances Hodgson Burnett had written for adults and curiosity drove me to purchase and read The Making of a Marchioness. It bore little resemblance to the film, it lacked the romance and the action that a film requires to capture the attention of a broad audience. The book was much more sedate, in my opinion. There was still a threat to Emily's life and she was desperately in love with Lord Walderhurst, but all of the elements require ...more
Lisa
I'm inclined to say this book was pleasant, though nothing fabulous, except that the Victorian racism towards non-Europeans (in this case Indians) pervades the last third of the book and is troubling. Even without that, this is really just a very marginal book.
Laurel Hicks
A rather melodramatic period romance by the author of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. I like her children's books better than her books for grown-ups, but this book kept my attention.
Cynthia Dunn
I should have realized when Mrs.Reilly read us The Little Princess in fourth grade that I would love Frances Hodgson Burnett's other books. Better late (much later) than never.
Melissa
I picked this up after seeing the movie version on PBS. The movie was great and had a Wilkie Collins-sort-of feel. The book - eh, not so much. The author seemed determined to make me dislike the main character, constantly describing her as naive, innocent, etc. She was a woman in her 30s who had lived on her own in London for years. How innocent could she really be? It was just unbelievable, and a part of me kind of sided with her enemies who were trying to kill her.

It's been a long time since I
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Lola4
I watched PBS's The Making of a Lady and the opening credits said it was based on The Making of a Marchioness. My elderly ears missed some important dialogue at the end, so knowing I had this book as a free Kindle download, I decided to read it to tie up the loose ends. Got to the end and discovered that this book was just the first segment of a two-part story and was just kind of a big nothing that hardly made up 10% of the PBS movie, with all the suspense, plot, and action saved for the next s ...more
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