Jaffery is an odd novel in which war correspondent Jaffery Chayne, a character better suited to a graphic novel than a literary one, appears only sporadically.
Jaffery by William J. Locke
Illus. F. Matania. Publisher, John Lane, 1915. Project Gutenberg ebook #14669. 1915 bestseller #6. My grade: B-.
Jaffery arrives back in England, escorting widow Liosha Prescott, just as Adrian Boldoro publishes a novel to great acclaim.
Liosha is Jaffery’s mate in appearance and temperament, but Jaffery is too besotted with Doria Jornicroft to notice her.
Despite her father’s opposition, Doria has gotten engaged to Adrian, which skewers Jaffrey’s plan to fix Liosha up with Adrian.
Neither Jaffery nor Hilary Freeth would have been surprised had their deceased Cambridge pal, Tom, published a bestseller, but no one expected “precious, finnikin Adrian” to amount to anything.
When Adrian dies suddenly with a new book unfinished, Jaffery sees his chance to win Doria.
Jaffrey’s plan backfires.
Liosha has her own romantic contretemps.
Both sign on as hands on a tramp steamer, returning home in time to tie up the plot.
William J. Locke packages the novel as Hillary’s memoir. Funny, loving and loveable, Hilary, together with his wife and daughter, provide a common-sense perspective for viewing the antics of others who seem be playing roles they scripted for themselves.
© 2015 Linda Gorton Aragoni