Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper


Read by Nathalie J.

(3.7 stars; 20 reviews)

Is housekeeping such a trial? Mrs. Smith thinks so and confesses all in this merry account of her escapades and near disasters! (Summary by Kehinde) (7 hr 14 min)

Chapters

Intro and My Speculation in China Ware 15:47 Read by Nathalie J.
Something About Cooks 13:49 Read by Nathalie J.
Light on the Subject 8:46 Read by Nathalie J.
Cheap Furniture 13:50 Read by Nathalie J.
Is it Economy? 13:47 Read by Nathalie J.
Living at a Convenient Distance. 14:52 Read by Nathalie J.
The Picked-Up Dinner 11:53 Read by Nathalie J.
Who is Kriss Kringle? 10:35 Read by Nathalie J.
Not at Home 11:02 Read by Nathalie J.
Shirt Buttons 11:18 Read by Nathalie J.
Pavement Washing in Winter 8:27 Read by Nathalie J.
Regard for the Poor 9:38 Read by Nathalie J.
Something More About Cooks 7:00 Read by Nathalie J.
Not a Rag on their Backs 9:28 Read by Nathalie J.
Curiosity 10:19 Read by Nathalie J.
House Cleaning 25:40 Read by Nathalie J.
Broiling a Lobster 4:17 Read by Nathalie J.
The Strawberry-Woman 18:20 Read by Nathalie J.
Lots of Things 8:59 Read by Nathalie J.
A Cure for Low Spirits 10:08 Read by Nathalie J.
A Bargain 12:19 Read by Nathalie J.
A Peevish Day and Its Consequences 15:08 Read by Nathalie J.
Words 8:30 Read by Nathalie J.
May Be So 8:54 Read by Nathalie J.
"The Poor Child Died" 7:37 Read by Nathalie J.
The Rival Bonnets 16:39 Read by Nathalie J.
The Washerman 10:16 Read by Nathalie J.
My Borrowing Neighbor 21:21 Read by Nathalie J.
Experiences in Taking Boarders 37:37 Read by Nathalie J.
Two Ways with Domestics 22:08 Read by Nathalie J.
A Mother's Duty 36:28 Read by Nathalie J.

Reviews

Entertaining and Moral


(5 stars)

An entertaining compilation of blunders and stories by a middle class housewife in the Victorian or Edwardian era. I laughed many times and it was an interesting insight to the morals and lifestyles of the people of the day. I want to print off a copy just to own it on my shelf. Highly recommended for the housewives of today. The reader does a good job.


(5 stars)

Awww, what a sweet and well-written book. How to go about finding an excellent cook who is not caustic? How to budget for pretty chairs, like one's neighbor! And loved visiting a time and place where there were no vacuum cleaners, washing machines, or dish washers. But more than that, it's refreshing to be so candidly spoken to by one who has such a diligent heart for overseeing her household. As Dostoevsky has written, "a home of his own, with a real princess to reign over it." Yes it's slow. Yes you may wish to fast forward a bit at times. But it is well worth it. You will smile and laugh with the entertaining stories, and be deeply moved by the sad and difficult ones. And the last chapter . . . in it you see the author's heart. How I look forward to thanking her one day, and will definitely read the final chapter more closely again. Lastly, the singular reader fits the book splendidly, thank you, thank you!!


(2 stars)

Very well read but too outdated for me.


(5 stars)

Loved the book. Lots of good advice and timeless wisdom. Good reader with a soft, pleasant voice❤️

nice


(3.5 stars)

Great inside look at how people used to live


(0.5 stars)

I couldn’t take more than a chapter of some of the worse writing in the English language. The only good thing about this author is the “TS” in front of his name.