Read by Helen Taylor

(4.5 stars; 68 reviews)

The second of the 'Little Ottleys' trilogy, an Edwardian comedy of manners. Several years have passed since the events in 'Love's Shadow', but Bruce Ottley is as difficult and irksome as ever. His beautiful wife Edith continues to gently manage his foibles, and regards him with a fond tolerance. But then she meets the enchanting - and very handsome - Aylmer Ross. The attraction between them is undeniable, and Edith's quiet serenity is shattered. Could this spell the end for the Ottley's marriage? Feather light, dialogue-packed and often tongue-in-cheek, this is a charming second instalment of a story which - despite its apparent superficiality - shows that Leverson had a keen understanding of human nature and of the society in which she moved. - Summary by Helen Taylor (5 hr 30 min)


Chapter 1: A Verbal Invitation 15:37 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 2: Opera Glasses 12:15 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 3: The Golden Quoribus 9:31 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 4: The Mitchells 14:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 5: The Surprise 10:09 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 6: The Visit 11:30 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 7: Coup de Foudre 14:21 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 8: Archie's Essay 4:30 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 8: Aylmer 17:31 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 10: Shopping Chez Soi 13:39 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 11: P. P. C. 6:13 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 12: The Moonshine Girl 12:26 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 13: The Supper-party 11:41 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 14: The Letter 8:21 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 15: Mavis Argles 14:59 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 16: More of the Mitchells 9:38 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 17: The Agonies of Aylmer 11:28 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 18: A Contretemps 7:58 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 19: An Extraordinary Afternoon 11:35 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 20: Journeys End 4:24 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 21: The Great Exception 15:28 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 22: Another Side of Bruce 16:21 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 23: At Lady Everard's 19:00 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 24: Miss Bennett 6:56 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 25: At Westgate 6:28 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 26: Goggles 7:32 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 27: The Elopement 14:27 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 28: Bruce Returns 15:10 Read by Helen Taylor
Chapter 29: Intellectual Sympathy 6:43 Read by Helen Taylor


Great reader, good listening.

(3 stars)

This seemed a really good book at first. A main character (Edith) who seemed to take a positive slant on everything. another good main character, Bruce (who is a bit of an idiot, but this does make it laugh-out-loud funny, which is surprising considering this was written over a century ago). It turns out to be a bit slow moving. its interesting to see the characters points of view but the book did not turn out the way I had hoped or expected and it made me wonder what would happen next as after a strange twist, the ending seemed rather sudden. definitely one of the better books in librivox. The reader really helps in the enjoyment of this with her expressive voice and different voices for each character,

The story gets even better!

(4.5 stars)

Read the 1st book 1st (Love's Shadow) to get a good idea of what Bruce & his wife, Edith, are like & what their history is. They & their son, Archie, return in this book but there is a totally different group of friends. I like that Edith gets to turn the tables on Bruce a bit. He really is an awful person & deserves it. I just wish he'd been tortured more! This book definitely has a couple of surprises making this even more enjoyable than the 1st book. I only wish the 3rd one was available here. I must look for it because I need to know what happens next.

Excellent, But...

(5 stars)

Helen Taylor's reading is wonderful. She does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. The humor in delicious, in particular those episodes involving the children. So why does this series irritate me? Well it cannot irritate me too much because I downloaded this second novel as soon as it became available. I listened on my headphones while working in the garden. If any neighbors happened to be watching, they probably wondered why I kept laughing out loud. There is a lot of humor. And yet this series irritate me. I give it up because even if annoying at times, I really look forward to the third novel in this series.


(5 stars)

Wonderful reading of a rather emotionally complex novel. Why does the theme annoy the previous reviewer? It's because neither of us can work out why the intelligent and beautiful Edith sticks to her pompous bore of a husband. Of course, these were different times (1911 i think) and considerable stigmata was attached to the children of divorced parents. Whatever... Thanks again to Helen Taylor. If she's reading it, I'm downloading it! TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)

Romantic Comedy

(2.5 stars)

The second of the Trilogy, this adds a dashing romantic interest for our Heroin, Edith. Unfortunately, she lets him slip through her fingers, but, don't despair, there's still another book to follow. Helen Taylor, the LibriVox Volunteer, reads this book, as others, with terrific enthusiasm & talent.

Well Done !!!

(5 stars)

Brilliant ! well read really enjoyed this reading such a great job from the reader .. the story is entertaining even more so because of the reader

Great reader

(4 stars)

Good book. That husband is so narcissistic and yet, she so tolerant of him. We have more freedoms now and yet we tolerate worse behavior....ugh!

2nd book in the series read by accomplished voice actor

(5 stars)

The narrator, a very capable voice actor, performs the 2nd book in the series which further illustrates Bruce's character as an exasperatingly childish braggert, who continues to blunder and bluster through life with his capable, kind, and diplomatic wife by his side. As a modern listener, one is curious about the (never explained) reasons for the dramatic difference between Edith and Bruce's characters. Since it hasn't ever (yet) been explained, this listener concludes that the power difference between men who could vote and work and women who can't causes such a power/opportunity discrepancy that any man could become an oblivious tyrant and any woman a slave.