Miss Watts

Sometime last year I was looking for a book at the library when another title caught my eye. Something about it just called to me, and I knew I would come back for it at a later point. When I got back to my room I tried to look it up without success. Later, I realized my memory was incorrect and the title was Miss Watts, not Miss Potts, but neither the library catalog nor Google could give me any information about it.

With graduation impending I made it my goal to track down this elusive book, and found it in surprisingly little time. It proved to be as charming as promised by the full title: Miss Watts, an Old -Fashioned Romance, by Ernest Oldmeadow.

The story is told through the journal of Martin Dacey, a doctor whom Lady Hilda convinces to adopt Dollie Watts. At sixteen she is being turned out of the orphanage, and has little memories of her childhood before that but a manner suggesting something finer. Of course they all grow to adore her, and when a friend from her past enters the scene all the characters come to learn more about theirselves.

The story is fairly predictable, so so endearing that it has a certain refreshment as well. With its simplicity it almost felt timeless rather than old-fashioned, like a fairy tale. I was not expecting the humble but heartfelt role that Catholic faith played, especially as the book was written and set in England, published in 1923.

When I checked out the book, I learned that I was the first person to do so (at least in a long time) because it had never been entered into the online system. So mystery solved on why it never showed up in searches, but sad that such a charming book has been neglected.

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  1. […] my next Google Book, I thought back to when I read Miss Watts. Did Ernest Oldmeadow write anything else? Sure enough, I found a few, though The Scoundrel and […]


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