In forty years of writing
Though her titles fall naturally into groups, named (in later parlance branded
) from family relationships (notably widows as struggling, successful single mothers), or virtues, or boys' careers in the expanding British empire,
always varies her formulas. Her novels for the adult market are independent in their attitudes, expressing an original and thinking mind.
produced nearly seventy titles, not all discussed here (besides doubtful attributions). They include books for children or young adults and adult novels, with some poems, plays, guidebooks, and handbooks on artistic topics. More than 300,000 copies were sold in Britain and as many, proportionately to population, in the USA. Many were translated, covering most European languages.