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Alison Atlee’s debut novel, “The Typewriter Girl”, follows Betsey Dobson, a typist at an insurance agency in the waning years of 19th century London. A chance meeting with Mr. Jones of the Idensea Pier & Pleasure Building Company provides an opportunity for a new job and a whole new life. In the sea side town of Idensea, she can escape her dead-end job, her harassing boss, the lover that uses her, and the brother-in-law who spurns her. Arriving in town with no money and no reference, Betsey wants to put a less than spotless past behind her with a job where she can earn the independence and self-respect she has longed for. In her new boss Mr. Jones, she finds the first person willing to give her a real chance in life. In Betsey, John Jones finds a plucky, determined girl, quite different from the vain society ladies he has been pursuing to climb the ladder of success.
“She dreamed wildly and without boundaries.”
Atlee’s story paints the picture of two ambitious dreamers who find love with an unexpected person. As Betsey and Mr. Jones’s love blooms against the backdrop of a seaside tourist destination, Betsey must weigh her feelings for Mr. Jones against the only chance at success she may ever find. This touching love story stretches across centuries. It is easy to identify with and root for Betsey, a woman who fights to overcome the challenges placed in front of her by those who look down on a single woman without family or fortune. A beautifully written story about kindred spirits who strive to overcome their backgrounds and find love by the sea, this book is a worthy read for any dreamer.