Scott, Mary "The White Elephant" - 1959
As all my friends and readers know in the meantime, I love Mary Scott. But I have my favourite books among her novels, as well. This is definitely one of them. I always liked the idea of two young girls opening a boarding house of their own.
As usual, Mary Scott manages to describe them all very well again, the two young cousins, their friends who help them out, the first guests, both the loveable ones and the weird ones. And then there are her hilarious stories, episodes that happen to the characters. As always, a nice, easy read that makes you forget all sorts of things for a while.
Unfortunately, Mary Scott's books are out of print and only available second hand. I have heard in the meantime, that you can buy some of them as eBooks.
From the back cover: "Misfortunes never come alone ... It was an unfortunate coincidence that Katherine Lee ended her engagement with Deryk Ross exactly on the same day when her cousin Jane terminated her position at Park, Fairbrother and Park. For Katherine, it was a case of incompatibility of tempers, for Jane it was her spelling ... The amusing, optimistic novel by Mary Scott about two young girls who don't give up starts with this double misfortune .As Katherine and Jane inherit an old house on the coast, they open in the boarding house The White Elephant'. This does not go without difficulty and trouble, without minor and major disasters, but at the end success is inevitable - even in love ..."
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