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Friday Fiction: Australian Hospital

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Australian Hospital
Dingwell
1980 (original copyright 1955)

I found this book digging through the donation pile and loved the cover art. I think the drama of the woman biting her finger is just awesome. Dingwell’s catalog of over 80 titles is impressive by any standard. I usually get a kick out of these vintage titles for the cover art alone. The women always look a bit unhinged, and this one is no exception.

We featured a few of her books: Sister Pussycat (who doesn’t love that title?) and Nurse Smith, Cook.  This title is similar to most romances of the period. The awful guy is the right guy and there is the requisite misunderstanding between our lovers. Don’t worry, things will all work out by the end of the book.

Mary

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Newlywed Problems in the Bedroom

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Grounds for Divorce
Woodford
1948 (original publication 1937)

Love and intrigue are what this book is all about. For me, it was the phrase at the top:  “He was weak and she was wanton.”  Who can say no to that tagline?  In short, society gal Lolita marries upstanding man Bailey. The sexual chemistry is just not happening for our newlyweds.  They quickly go off the rails by indulging in booze and a bit of adultery. By the end they come together, hopeful for a future. A real feel good romance. <sarcasm>

Jack Woodford was a novelist with quite a few pulp fiction credits such as: The Abortive Hussy, Hard-boiled Virgin, and Free Lovers.

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Friday Fiction: High Flying Romance!

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Maiden Flight
Betty Beaty
1963 (original publication 1956)

It is been a while since we have had a Friday Fiction selection, but today is your lucky day with a romance special featuring an airline stewardess. Like most romance fiction of this period, we have a meet not-so-cute of poor, shy stewardess newbie Pamela and irritating and sexist instructor Roger. Roger evidently has a problem with women on airplanes. Of course, he offers nothing but “helpful” criticism, with a side of condescension. You know, because it’s for her own good. By the last page, Pamela is an “adult” and understands Roger and his motives for being a jerk. Naturally, he proposes marriage and all is right with the world.

I feel like this should have a warning label that your feminist sensibilities might explode.

Mary

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