Our Miss York

April 9, 2020

611Id3BMbwL._SY679_I think what we all need during this frankly awful time is, yes, another book from the teens about a young woman earning a living. Happy ending a must.

I can’t find out much about Edwin Bateman Morris, but he has an intriguing list of titles, and he was apparently considered worthy of Coles Phillips cover art. And while Our Miss York didn’t wow me, it has a lot of great elements.

Margaret York is an orphan, reluctantly adopted by an uncle who has no patience for children, and less money than he once did. She grows up industrious and efficient, in contrast to her friend David Bruce, who has a moderate income and drifts from hobby to hobby without ever settling down to work at anything. When Margaret’s uncle dies, she takes a stenography course and goes to work at the Waring Company. She learns the business as thoroughly as she can, and draws the attention of Willis Potter, the director, who gives her advice and steers her towards new opportunities–though whether for her benefit or his own, it’s not always clear.

Margaret does well–has some adventures, reconnects with her childhood friend David, makes friends with an older businesswoman–but, as books like this too often do, Our Miss York narrows down to the old business or family question, and the answer is a little too much of a foregone conclusion. Also, I would have liked to see Morris tie together and follow through on threads that he only casts in the same direction, like how Margaret’s upbringing–or lack of it–influences her. But it’s hard to complain about a book full of people being good at things, where the heroine gets to have both personal and professional success, and also pilot a motorboat. I don’t love Our Miss York, but I do recommend it.



  1. Well you certainly know what I need! All that, and Coles Phillips too? ❤

    • I thought of you when I found the Coles Phillips illustration!

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been re-reading all kinds of older books / cozy mysteries lately– I’ll be adding this to my list.

    (Older books includes my yearly re-read of the Elsie Dinsmore series. Those are some of the worst books I’ve ever read, and they never stop being funny in an awful way.)

    • Ah, I haven’t reread any Elsie Dinsmore in a while. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for her right now.

  3. I see I’ve missed several of your posts! Time to catch up. And yes, fluff and happy endings are exactly what I feel in the mood for now.

    • I’m trying to come up with ore good quarantine reads, but I’m finding that I’m reading very slowly these days.

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