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I purchased as part of a bargain deal at a church garage sale a large box of Mary Burchell books. If you have never heard of her (I hadn't), you can check her bio at RomanceWiKi. Mary Burchell is the pseudonym for Ida Cook. She and her sister Louise were heroines. They used Ida's income from her books to fund trips to Germany for the purpose of bringing Jews out to freedom and safety. They were truly remarkable considering the time period. Their cover for the trips was their known passion for opera. This is a very shortened version of the bio.
For some members, the drawback to these books might be the fact that the owner liked to make comments on the inside covers of date read, how she rated it and whether to keep it or not. Sometimes this only amounted to 4 or 5 lines, written in pencil almost always. But, a few of the books she went so far as to give her own synopsis of the book - this is extensive, filling both inside covers; a few times even onto the title page. These writings are fading a lot simply because of their age.
Myself, I don't mind the writings as they are interesting in their own way. The lady very definitely treasured this particular author, as she did Violet Winspear. I also have a box of her books with the same conditions.
There were originally a lot more in the box; but, shortly after joining PBS, I posted in a discussion forum asking for opinions whether I should post them or not because of the writings. As a result of that, a member asked for some to replace a few of hers that weren't in very good condition. She also made a deal for a friend of hers. The box now contains
I can always take them to Goodwill; but, I'd rather not go that route. I would like to find someone who would appreciate these books as much as the previous owner obviously did. They are in good shape except for tanning, which is to be expected.
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