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by Elsie Lee

Free eBook The Nabob's Widow download ISBN: 0440163986
Author: Elsie Lee
Publisher: Dell Publishing (May 1, 1977)
Language: English
Pages: 176
Category: Imaginative Literature
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Why is Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow so memorable and so wonderful that anyone would choose to read it once or even twice a year? .

Why is Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow so memorable and so wonderful that anyone would choose to read it once or even twice a year? For one reason it is completely unique in that it is written from the gentleman's perspective. Let me state here, for the record, absolutely do not read one of Elsie Lee's other books, and especially not her Regency Romances and pre-judge The Nabob's Widow as something that couldn't really be that good or worth the effort of acquiring. None of her other books-and especially her Regencies-are even remotely in the same class.

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Elsie Lee's Book of Simple Gourmet Cookery. Unusally written from the hero's point of view, from where his uncle's "little dab" of a young widow comes into his life with her ladies companion, hindu servants, talking bird, mongoose and two siamese cats (oh, those cats!), it abounds with wit and humor. The change in this lord's life, from ennui to awareness of his own desires

May 1977 : USA Paperback.

1976) A novel by Elsie Lee. Low price due to light shelf wear on DJ. Fast shipping. May 1977 : USA Paperback.

Elsie Lee (née Williams, January 24, 1912 – February 8, 1987) was an American author of over 35 fiction and non-fiction books. Elsie Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York to Helen (Bogert) and Samuel Byron Williams, Jr. Samuel was a telephone engineer born in Ohio, who worked for Western Electric in New York City. Helen was a housewife. When Elsie was 13 years old a brother, David G. Williams, was born.

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1977 stated first printing by Dell. Paperback. ISBN: 0440163986. 16398.
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Pemand
I'll begin by saying I like Jane Austen and I absolutely love Georgette Heyer, but neither of those esteemed ladies wrote my favorite Regency Romance novel. I've literally read thousands of Regency Romance novels over the past 30 years or so, and I even wrote one myself entitled A Very Merry Chase. Some Regency Romances that I read were good, some were great, some were silly, and some were downright horridly boring--but of all of the Regency Romance novels I ever read--including my own Very Merry Chase--Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow stands head and shoulders above the crowd as the most entertaining, most delightful, and most memorable of them all.

I first read Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow over 30 years ago when I owned a little used bookstore and spent my days happily reading and writing. I fell in love with the book and all its delightful characters then...and made the fatal mistake of loaning my copy to a favorite (quite elderly) customer who never returned it. I spent the next twenty some years searching every used bookstore I entered for a copy. When the Internet came into being and bookstores finally came online I renewed my search and found that others felt the same was as I did about Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow and that copies of this ridiculously out-of-print treasure--in any condition--were a precious commodity. I was finally able to locate an affordable, falling apart at the seams--obviously much loved and much read paperback copy which...I literally read to death. So then I went in search of another copy--a hardback copy--and was finally able to purchase a retired Library copy that will hopefully last me for the rest of my life...unless I break down and decide to extravagantly gift myself with one of the few remaining beautiful, first edition copies. The kids are finally out of college...I deserve it, don't I?

Anyway.... Why is Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow so memorable and so wonderful that anyone would choose to read it once or even twice a year? For one reason it is completely unique in that it is written from the gentleman's perspective. "The Widow and Company" includes our leading man's beloved uncle's beautiful young widow, wise beyond her years and exotically raised in India; her friend and lifelong companion, a bit older but equally lovely and delightful; 2 imperious Siamese cats, one imposing Indian servant and--playing a delightfully dynamic role all their own--memories of, and instructions from, the deceased Nabob himself. The story takes place as seen through the eyes of our leading man, and you simply cannot help but fall in love with the widow and her wonderful entourage right along with him. The entire cast of characters is a complete delight, even the servants--who loving plot and play matchmaker at the infamous Spotted Dog pub--are so much fun that you want to hang out with them. Our hero's relatives and all of their foibles are hilariously drawn, and his boon companions are each a perfect leading man, so you get three dreamy gentleman for the price of one.

Let me state here, for the record, absolutely do not read one of Elsie Lee's other books, and especially not her Regency Romances and pre-judge The Nabob's Widow as something that couldn't really be that good or worth the effort of acquiring. None of her other books--and especially her Regencies--are even remotely in the same class. It is almost as if The Nabob's Widow was written while she was lost under the spell of some sort of magical once-in-a-lifetime writing enchantment!

Now back to Elsie Lee's masterpiece...The Nabob's Widow. There really are not enough glowing accolades in my vocabulary to possibly convey how wonderful this book is...except to say that if you like Heyer--and especially Heyer's The Grand Sophy...or even if you don't--you will absolutely adore Elsie Lee's The Nabob's Widow. It is and always will be the book I wish I could have written and the most treasured possession in my Regency Romance library.

Smiles,
Teresa Thomas Bohannon
Author of the Regency Romance novel
A Very Merry Chase
A Very Merry Chase
Abywis
Since I love georgette heyer and some reviews said best regency ever, I guess I was expecting more. But it was an enjoyable regency
Reemiel
I adore this book. I will never sell it. It is the most romantic book I have ever read.
Darkraven
Hard to find this and love the humor in it.
Painshade
All of Ms. Lee's books are interesting and this is definitely one of her best. Good characters and a storyline to keep you wanting to read and read and read.
Modimeena
Hugo Saville, 4th Marquis of Dartford, had it all: looks, friends, plenty of money and an heir. With an wonderful household staff, a trustworthy bailiff and an efficient secretary, there was little he needed to do except enjoy himself. Yet he was bored with his life. The quote from Tom Bodett, "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”, couldn't be any truer than in the case of the Marquis.

His unconscious answer came in the form of THE NABOB'S WIDOW: twenty-year-old Mrs. Dianthe Ffolkes, his late uncle's wife. With her soothing companion Miss Collins, her man-servant Lal Singh, two Siamese cats who-don't-know-that-they-aren't-people, a talking bird and a pet weasel, Hugo was overwhelmed.

'Di' was patient and never annoyed him except she lived on his estate. Dartford felt threatened. His attempts to see her gone backfired and, still, she was a kind person. Now his clinging sister, aunt and mother adored her. His nephew, niece and brother-in-law praised her. His friends: those people he trusted most, became enamored with Dianthe and her close circle of helpers.

This would have been a very tame romance except for the animals. Ms. Lee was a cat-lover and never did it show more than in this story. With a flare of realism and a sprinkling of embellishment, Ping and Poona prevailed over their haunt. It included but was not limited to Hugo's chair, his dining area, his bedroom and his bathtub. He had enough!

For a traditional Georgian romance -it began in 1807- the author did the unthinkable. Two graphic words used in two passages with regards to the cats. I assumed the author found it acceptable to use these words because it was in reference to animals. I wondered if this the reason why the book was so 'collectable? That said, this romance was written in the style of Georgette Heyer.

The almost-too-perfect Dianthe's story was slow and complex revolving around actual historical figures from that era. She was bright, witty and very attractive with a strong nurturing personality. On the other hand, the stuffy and spoiled Hugo appeared to have never had a serious emotional relationship with a woman in his life. Over time, Dianthe started to haunt his thoughts. As outsiders, we see him begin to fall in love but he doesn't seem to catch on as quickly.

This book is for those that know what is best for everyone else. There are a number of threads to be tied together but the droll dialogue provides for some entertaining moments. But without the animals? I am not sure I would have rated it as high.
Vetalol
I keep all my Elsie Lee books to read over every year or so. My copy of The Nabob's Widow has finally fallen apart, but I'm reading it again right now and savoring every word, every scene. Perhaps I'll tape it back together and hope for a few more years with it.
Dianthe is typical of Ms Lee's contemporary and historical romances where her heroines are always witty and a step ahead of everyone else in solving the plot issues. It's fun to see the twists and turns through the eyes of the hero and how the romance develops.