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Emily Fox-Seton (Emily Fox-Seton #1-2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,181 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
When Miss Fox-Seton descended from the twopenny bus as it drew up she gathered her trim tailor-made skirt about her with neatness and decorum being well used to getting in and out of twopenny buses and to making her way across muddy London streets.' (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
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Published September 1st 2009 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published January 1st 1901)
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Wealhtheow
Jul 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
Lady Delacour
This book surprised me by how
enjoyable and entertaining it was.
Very nicely narrated by Lucy Scott.
steph
Completely enjoyable. Emily is kind, unsuspecting, unselfish woman that on principle one should hate but I couldn't. I just liked her even when she saw the best in people (and they were trying to kill her). She's just so nice and real. This is two stories in one - the first half is a romance and the second half is a horror show (husband's heir is not fond of the new Marchioness). It shouldn't work, those two jarring stories, but it does. I really liked this edition, it had a intro and afterward ...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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
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.
Dana Loo
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici
Romanzo nel complesso gradevole, nulla da dire sullo stile narrativo ma, secondo me, nn superiore a Un matrimonio inglese che ho trovato sicuramente più "armonico".La prima parte introduce la figura di Emily, una sorta di Cenerentola, un'anima pura, una donna senza alcuna malizia, quasi indigente che, malgrado la vita non le sia stata particolarmente benigna, riesce a cavarsela dignitosamente ed è amata e rispettata da tutti quelli che godono dei suoi piccoli servizi che offre con grande slancio ...more
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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Nina
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ffiamma
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, uk, ebook
una donna buona, radiosa, gentile e indigente si ritrova, per un caso fortuito, a sposare un ricchissimo marchese e, allo stesso tempo, finisce per diventare l'oggetto di un misterioso intrigo. un libro forse romantico e fiabesco- se letto con gli occhi di oggi- ma allo stesso tempo godibile e avvincente; dedicato a chi pensa che l'amore possa cambiare le persone e che sia dedizione e l'intelligenza discreta aiutino a conquistarsi un posto nel mondo. lievemente delizioso.
Corrie Ann
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I always find it a bit challenging to write a review of a book that I consider a favorite.

I read a tattered, old library copy of this book many years ago, although I think it was only the second of the stories contained in this volume (The Methods of Lady Walderhurs) as I have no recollection of the first story. I recently picked up the Persephone edition, which contains both Emily Fox-Seton stories (The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst) and I was reminded why I love F
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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
Lady Shockley
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although primarily known today for her children's books, France's Hodgson Burnett wrote a great many novels for adults, and, in fact, The Making of A Marchioness was written ten years befor A Little Princess. Many of the same themes appear in both books, however.

Marchioness is, like Priness, a Cinderella story. In each, a kind, well-mannered character is left in reduced financial circumstances through no fault of her own and must make do in getting on in the world. As in most Cinderlla stories,
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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
Rosemary
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persephone
I thought this was lovely. What an unusual heroine - not clever, not exactly beautiful, but big and too NICE for her own good. The whole thing is extremely unlikely, but no less enjoyable for all that. The story has a racist element but the heroine even rises above that.
Dianna
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this one! The first half is a fairy tale with an endearing heroine (big, good-natured, poor, and disgustingly healthy), and the second half is a combination melodrama and commentary on Victorian marriage.

2013: I enjoyed listening to the recording of this book from librivox.org.
Tabuyo
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos
Impresionante tanto la forma de escribir de Frances Hodgson como la historia. De lo mejorcito que he leído en mucho tiempo.
Daniela
(warning: review contains spoilers)

So this was a funny little book, despite the occasional silliness.

Frances Hodgson Burnett tells the story of Emily Fox-Seton a gentlewoman in her thirties who is the poor relation of an aristocratic family. Her wealthy relatives do not really care for her, so Emily has to make do by living the life of a respectable working woman in the beginning of the 20th century London. She works as a kind of secretary/errand girl for other good, respectable and at times,
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Stacey (wanderlustforwords67)
A comforting book perfect for for my calm, slow paced mood, one that wants to exist in the English countryside. Don't be disillusioned though, there's a thriller element that had me worried 3/4 in.
Alannie Marshall
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While different in some ways to the film, the spirit of the story is what matters. I utterly enjoyed this novel, and I found it amusing and entertaining and mysterious in the way that is Frances Hodgson Burnett. If you enjoyed The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, you will definitely enjoy this more grown-up work of hers.
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
Heather
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A less complimentary view of marriage in the post-Victorian era, but a good read. Our heroine, Emily Fox-Sefton, is so very good and cheerful that she's almost simple minded. She's also poor and has to work for a living, which isn't easy to do in a way that doesn't drag her down from her status as a lady. In the course of her work as a sort of temporary social secretary for her wealthier peers, she meets a man. For a variety of reasons - her lack of expectations for a relationship, her beauty, h ...more
Marybeth
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I grew up loving The Secret Garden. I actually have the book and its adaptations to thank for starting me on my obsession with Great Britain so I was thrilled when I discovered that Burnett also wrote for "grown-ups." Emily Fox-Seton is a hard-working, penniless thirty-four year old living in London, who's forced to earn a living running errands for rich Victorian ladies. (She's like a personal shopper/assistant before they existed.) While staying at the country house of one of these ladies, whe ...more
Laura McDonald
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Paula Gonzalez
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful classic that for some reason, not many people know about. This book tells the story of a wonderful, kind-hearted and beautiful woman called Emily Fox Seton. It is divided in two parts. The first part tells us about her years as a single woman, striving to make a living and make it out on her own. This part of the book is very laid back, descriptive and easy to enjoy.

The second part describes Emily Fox Seton's life after she marries a wealthy man and describes the events that
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Annie
I really enjoyed the first part of the story, but was very disappointed by the second part. I thought the second half of the story would be a commentary on domesticity and Victorian marriage, but instead it turned out to be a melodrama with racist undertones. Unfortunately just expected more from a book that is taught alongside P and P and Jane Eyre by some american colleges. Would still recommend though for the lovely first half of the story!
Cassandra
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Für Emily wird ein Märchen wahr. Aus dem verarmten Mädchen, das auf dem Heiratsmarkt keine Chancen mehr zu erwarten hat, wird die Frau eines Lords. Doch wo Licht ist, ist auch Schatten und dieser Schatten droht ihr Leben zu gefährden.
Ich habe die warmherzige und hilfsbereite Emily gleich in mein Herz geschlossen und der Mix aus vergangenen Zeiten und Spannung hat mir sehr gut gefallen.
Zerah
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
It's true that the first part is better than the second part but all in all I really enjoyed reading this book. Also I highly recommend reading the preface and the afterword if you purchase this edition of The Making of a Marchioness!
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.
Pam
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic that I had not heard of until PBS showed a movie called the Making of a Lady based on this book. So I decided to read the book. This is the story of Emily Fox Seton, born a lady but after her family dies when she has just reached adulthood she has no one to watch out for her so she takes a number of jobs - governess, reader to an older lady, until she finds her niche as someone who takes care of tasks for wealthy ladies, such as finding a governess for the children, a new lady' ...more
Heather
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. What a delightful story that I stumbled across thanks to someone's recommendation on GoodReads (I don't remember who, but THANK YOU!) I was excited to learn about this book by the author of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess (two of my favorite books when I was a child). While I don't think this book will replace the others in my heart, it was a joy to read none the less. Similar in writing style and feel, yet the story is about an adult, not about a child. The reasons I took it ...more
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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