MISS HARRIET TOWNSHEND by Kathleen Norris

MISS HARRIET TOWNSHEND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Opus 80 odd of life as it should be- and will be in the end-if you stick with it- follows the dual loves of Coralia Valdez and Harriet Townshend. Coralia, convent and duenna bred, is deserted by Louis Johnson, and agrees to the arranged marriage to an old man who leaves her his wealth- and four boys. Miss Harriet Townshend is the belle of many a San Francisco ball, but does not settle down to any man. They meet and become close friends after Coralia is widowed- but it is only when Coralia has offered her hand and substantial homestead to Philip, her foreman, that Harriet realizes she is in love with Philip- and he with her. The marriage which Philip is now reluctant to conclude is arranged- when Louis Johnson, Coralia's first love, returns, to marry Coralia and free Philip for Harriet. There's an old fashioned quality here, not entirely attributable to the heavy period fittings.

Publisher: Doubleday