Adult fiction from 100+ years ago is certainly…different from Adult Fiction of today. Some would say it has “evolved”. Others, and The Droning Voice is in this camp, say it has “devolved”. For those raised on current authors, The Droning Voice can assure you that there are far fewer explosions, less profanity – though words like “scoundrel” were used -, more descriptions of being “perturbed”, and WAY more clothing. Given the lack of on-demand temperature control, The Droning Voice is amazed those people didn’t just pass out from the heat, OR spend all their time huddled in front of their woodstove in a vain attempt to stay warm and not losing key fingers to frostbite. The only people being dispatched usually had it coming (NO charges filed), and it was typically attended to discreetly, and usually to defend the heroine’s honor. Actually, EVERYTHING was much more discreet, including how the lead characters in most of these novels procured their income. The Droning Voice assumes they were ALL trust-fund babies. God forbid they actually WORK for a living. In today’s literature, yes, even working in an office can be rife with romantic intrigue and deeds of daring-do, and WAY more skin (often involving office desks). But in the late 1800s and early 1900s, even the hint of such a thing would cause any lady to swoon, with a gentleman being quick to catch her. Men were always hoping to catch a swooning heroine, that being the only time they could honorably grope her. And EVERYBODY kept a small bottle of something called smelling salts on hand for just such an occasion. Really, The Droning Voice thinks a small bottle of that stuff might be just the thing to wave under another person’s nose when said nose is getting “out of joint”. Maybe, just maybe, it could snap them out of it, though The Droning Voice is skeptical. Let her know how it goes!
Also, it seems that most of the heroes from the fiction of that era rode horses. Given the costs involved with owning an automobile or other vehicle today, riding a horse to work may be exactly what the modern day businessman should be doing. #historyrepeatsitself
If the listener is used to the works of, well, The Droning Voice won’t mention NAMES, any of these selections should put you right to sleep. She sincerely hopes you have a good time reading the reviews while deciding which one to bore you into slumber.
As always, pleasant dreams!