Wednesday again, and time for another Shelf Control post. 
Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR pile. All you do to participate is pick a book from your TBR pile and write a post about it. And link back to the Lisa’s blog of course.

This time, my twenty-third time participating, my pick is a classic of sorts, Emily Fox-Seton by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which comprises the Making of Marchioness and the Methods of Lady Walderhurst. The books have been collectively published as Emily Fox-Seton. The Making of a Marchioness was first published in 1901.

What It’s All About: This is the story of Emily Fox-Seton, a young woman of good birth but little money. She works as a companion/assistant to Lady Maria Bayne, described as both selfish and funny, but one who ends up liking Emily very much. Her fortunes undergo a change when Emily marries and becomes a marchioness. But her husband’s heirs, not too fond of this new change in their lives begin to act against Emily. How she deals with the situation forms the second book, described as having “gothic” elements.

Where and When I Got It: This one is in public domain and I downloaded a copy from Project Gutenberg. (In case you’re interested, it is available here). There is an edition published by Persephone books as well (the cover picture above).

Why I Want to Read It: I’ve read three of Burnett’s children’s books before of which I love The Secret Garden (in fact, it’s one of my all-time favourite books), like A Little Princess very much, and Little Lord Fauntleroy a little less so. Emily Fox-Seton is different however, being one of her novels for adults, so I’m interested to see how it turns out, and how it compares with her children’s books. I’ve heard good things about it, but also read some mixed reviews. There are elements which are not perhaps the most PC but that may or may not be a turn off. Let’s see.

Have you read Emily Fox-Seton or either of the two books? What did you make of them? Have you read any other/s of her books? Which ones, and did you like them? Looking forward to hearing from you!


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