The House of Arden (1908). When young Edred Arden inherits the title of Lord Arden and the dilapidated Arden Castle, he and his sister Elfrida search for the family’s lost treasure of the Ardens, needed to restore the house. With the help of the magical Mouldiwarp, they travel back in time searching for clues. I checked this and the sequel out of the library quite often.
The Armourer’s House by Rosemary Sutcliff (1951), which tells the story of Tamsyn, nearly nine, who comes to live with her uncle’s family in sixteenth-century London just as King Henry VIII marries a new Queen, Anne Boleyn. There is a lovely new edition from Manderley Press.
When I was editing women’s fiction for Penguin, one of my authors, a delightful lady from Nevada, was building a house and became so consumed by the project that her next regency featured a titled gentleman in the same situation: Lord Barry’s Dream House by Emily Hendrickson (1996). The heroine is his architect: she has modern ideas while he is a traditionalist but you know what they say – love conquers all. Ms. Hendrickson was a stickler for period accuracy and would be appalled by the anachronisms in many of today’s historical romances. Sorry about the lurid sunset on the cover! Editorial battles with the art department were legendary!Among famous books set in New York is The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber (1962), featuring Lyle the Crocodile who is living in the house’s bathtub when the Pimm family moves in. My NYC apartment was on East 89th and First so you could say they were neighbors . . . if they were real.movie that apparently came out in 2022?