At Work: The Typewriter Girl

An elegant world. A traditional society. And then there's Betsey.

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year pick: The Typewriter Girl is a “spectacular debut, set in a perfectly realized Victorian England.”

When Betsey Dobson disembarks from the London train in the seaside resort of Idensea, all she owns is a small valise and a canary in a cage. After an attempt to forge a letter of reference she knew would be denied her, Betsey has been fired from the typing pool of her previous employer. Her vigorous protest left one man wounded, another jilted, and her character permanently besmirched.

Now, without money or a reference for a new job, the future looks even bleaker than the debacle she left behind her.

But her life is about to change . . . because a young Welshman on the railroad quay, waiting for another woman, is the one finally willing to believe in her.

Mr. Jones is inept in matters of love, but a genius at things mechanical. In Idensea, he has constructed a glittering pier that astounds the wealthy tourists. And in Betsey, he recognizes the ideal tour manager for the Idensea Pier & Pleasure Building Company.

After a lifetime of guarding her secrets and breaking the rules, Betsey becomes a force to be reckoned with. Together, she and Mr. Jones must find a way for her to succeed in a society that would reject her, and figure the price of surrendering to the tides of love.


“Atlee’s outstanding debut unflinchingly explores … the unforgiving man’s world of Victorian England.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review, a Best of the Year pick)
“Easily one of the most romantic books I’ll read all year … John and Betsey are compelling and worth rooting for.” —DEAR AUTHOR (a Recommended Read)
“Sweeps readers to a satisfying conclusion.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL


Write Touch Readers’ Award, finalist, Mainstream with Romantic Elements

Award of Excellence, finalist, Mainstream with Romantic Elements

National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awardfinalist, Novel With Romantic Elements

Golden Quill, finalist, Best First Book

Golden Leaf, finalist, Best First Book

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