This HaBO request comes from Mendi, who is searching for a book that I'm betting at least 56% of you will immediately want to read:
I read this book my senior year of high school, 1994. I borrowed it from a friend and loved it, then she made me give it back to her! I've been looking for this book for almost 20 years now, so, I hope you fine ladies can help a bitch out.
1. I think it's set in the mid-1800's in the English countryside.
2. A young woman is returning to her family estate alone, sort of sneaking back after a disastrous London season where I think she was humiliated by some man.
3. The gardener, who is actually a coal mining unionist in disguise, sneaks into her bedroom at some point and seduces her under the guise of a pooka.
4. She has regular arguments with the garderner, not realizing that he is the pooka dude AND a unionist who threatens her family livelihood from the local coal mines
5. At some point, she gets caught up in some violent protests by local coal miners
6. There may have been a pancake race. Not kidding.
7. I seem to remember some scenes devoted to her having dresses made for her that are more daring and sexy than her spinster rags. I suppose it is her reawakening as a woman and stuff. Anyway…. FASHION.
8. She eventually makes the connection between gardener/unionist/pooka, struggles with it, and gives in. As did I.
Oh, yes, I liked this one a lot.
Gardening coal mine unionist pooka hero! That's a new one. Anyone recognize this book? (I can hear all your catnip alarms going off. Wow.)