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The Lodger by Louisa Treger

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The Blurb

Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist’s office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend, Jane.

Jane has recently married a writer who is on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him. Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement.

Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house – beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones – and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.

The Lodger by Louisa Treger front cover
The Lodger by Louisa Treger front cover

My Review

The Lodger starts off like any other book. Getting to know the lead character, about her live and her friends. But what surprised me about this book is how many twists and turns there were throughout. I really didn’t expect it to be as detailed as it was either, there really was no holding back with the writing and this made the book even more enjoyable.

The book tells the story from the perspective of Dorothy, which is a style I always connect with. By doing this, not only can you see inside Dorothy’s mind, but you can also understand things that were left unspoken. Whilst The Lodger is set in the past, I felt could relate to some of what Dorothy said and felt. Although it doesn’t mention a huge amount of historical events, every now and again it does show an insight into a different world. Within the book, Dorothy faces different challenges and events, many of which the vast majority of us will probably never have to go through. The Lodger demonstrates just how vastly different life was for a woman in those days and what was expected of them.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lodger and was able to finish it within a few days. I was left constantly wanting to know what happened next at the end of each chapter. One thing that surprised me at the end of the book was the realisation that it was a true story. Although I have heard of H.G. Wells, I just never put two and two together.

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20 thoughts on “The Lodger by Louisa Treger

  1. If the book description had not mentioned HG Wells or suffragette march, I could have easily believed that the story is set in modern times. It’s amazing how timeless complicated human relationships are!

    The Lodger sounds like a good book!

  2. Wow this definitely took a different turn than I expected! That really sounds riveting, especially since it’s based on a true story. I really like historical fiction and am adding this to my list!

  3. I love books that go back in time to a completely different era and the fact that this is a true story is even more intriguing! Iā€™m glad you enjoyed the book!

  4. This sounds really interesting. I love that the premise opens the door for a wide variety of emotions and personal interactions. I’m always on the search for new books and I’m going to have to check this one out! Thank you for sharing.

  5. When I was reading the blurb I din’t think this would be my kind of thing but you’ve made me want to read it! Sounds like a great read, I’m glad you enjoyed it x

    Sophie

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