|Title:||The Abbey Girls in Town [unabridged] (Abbey #15)|
|Tags:||fiction, girls, juvenile, young adult, school stories|
By 'town' the author means, as women of her time did, London. Less well off people would have called the city the Big Smoke. In this book the young women Joan and Joy live in the country at a manor and abbey, but they come to London to learn country dancing. They've been doing these dances regularly but over the years and miles steps have altered and now they learn them the original way and new dances they hadn't tried.
This series is quite sweet but dated and the women marry very eligible men who barely get a line and seldom show us their work as a doctor or pilot. The characters don't have to worry about earning their keep or see people injured by war, and fuss happily over each other's new babies although pregnancy must not be discussed except very privately with another girl, even if they're nine months expecting. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette
A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.
Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.
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