I am looking for a novel published by my great-grandmother-in-law Floretta Collins (née Florette Davis, 1867, London, died 1937 in Goring, Oxfordshire). It was written under the name Florence Collins, titled "The Luddingtons" and published by Heinemann in 1906. Any help in finding a copy would be appreciated. I can't find it at any of the usual places on the WEB.
I have found the following description of the storyline:
THE ATHENAEUM JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE,
THE FINE ARTS, MUSIC, AND THE DRAMA.
JULY TO DECEMBER, 1906. LONDON:
PRINTED BY JOHN EDWARD FRANCIS, ATHEN.EUM PREBS, BREAM'S BUILDINGS, CHANCERY LANE.
PUBLISHED AT THE OFFICE, BREAM'S BUILDINGS, CHANCERY LANE, E.G.,
BY JOHN C. FRANCIS AND J. EDWARD FRANCIS.
[SUPPLEMENT to the ATHEN&UM with No. 4134, Jau. 19, 1907
The first novel to be published from.
Mr. Heinemann's autumn fist will be ' The
Luddingtons.' It will appear on Sep-
tember 14th, and is the first book from
the pen of the author, Florence Collins.
The Luddingtons. By Florence Collins.
The theme of this novel, though not
wholly pleasant, has certainly the unusual
merit of originality. The hero is an
eminent physician self-dedicated to the
discovery of a cure for a dire disease. The
doctor is beloved by a girl who inherits on
the maternal side a predisposition to this
disease. Her mother is, indeed, already
attacked by it, but knowing the future
son-in-law's horror of any such hereditary
taint, she keeps her condition a secret — a
species of heroism to which we find it
impossible to accord the approval de-
manded by the author. The novel con-
tains one excellent character — the heroine's
father, a self-made City man of Jewish
origin, who is absolutely life-like, and in
his way attractive. With his wife, how-
ever, he shares pecuhar views of honour,
which lead him to defraud his daughter
and heiress by setthng her fortune, not
on herself, but on her husband.
Floretta's brother-in-law, Horace Samuel Collins (1875-1964) also published his autobiography "My Best Riches; story of a stone rolling round the world and the stage",Publisher: [London] Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1941. I have a copy of this and it is rich in information in anyone researching this branch of the Collins family.
Floretta was sister to writers Julia Davis (pen name Frank Danby) and Elza Davis, who wrote under the name Mrs. Aria. Julia Davis was mother to Gilbert Frankau, writer and poet, and grandmother to Pamela Frankau, also a writer. All their books, especially their autobiographies, give a rare insight into the period, and into Jewish family history in London.