- Series: Booklovers (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Crimeline (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553582097
- ISBN-13: 978-0553582093
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unsolicited: A Booklover's Mystery Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000
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Unsolicited is about a novel "thrown over the transum." This refers to a manuscript that is not requested by the publisher. The publisher, in this case is a mopic heir to an 800 year old family publishing firm, the second son who has not always gotten along with his elder brother, an avid scull rower, and book collector. He is also deeply in love with his college room-mate's American widow.
The books are well written with never a hitch in the plot or pace. Although Kaewert is an American, she speaks English-English well, and the one thing that might slow an American reader of her books is the occasional spelling of common words: The English "Kerb" for curb, or "gaol" for jail.
There is a lot of pulbishing lore, printing lore, book collecting lore, English history, and sailing lore in all of Kaewert's books. This particular story concerns children sent from England to America during World War II in order to protect them from the blanket bombing by the Nazi's of London. This insight into this humanitarian effort, and the possible mishandling of it, is compelling to anyone who is interested in WWII history.