The Leap Year Girl (Berta Ruck, 1924)

A girl from a sleepy Welsh town is just about to resign herself to spinsterhood at the ripe old age of nineteen when she falls in love with a visiting English naval officer. She’s thrown into despondency when her proposal is not enthusiastically met. A friend of her late mother abruptly enters her life and whisks her away to London, where she hopes to forget the sailor and where her new godmother hopes to play matchmaker. The ending is as you’d expect, but I will say that the details caught me off guard. I was quite sure what the godmother’s scheme was by the finish of the second volume and found myself entirely wrong by the finish of the third.

His Official Fiancée (Berta Ruck, 1914)

A woman from a formerly wealthy family becomes a stenographer when her parents die and her fortunes are ruined. Her boss offers her an unusual side-job: to pose as his fiancée for twelve months. Strictly business at first, the fictional engagement gets more real as the year progresses.