This is one of the many mid-20th century books for girls which were produced perhaps with the aim of encouraging young ladies to expand their horizons beyond the traditional view of domesticity or secretarial work - the 'Abbey Girls' series by Elsie J. Oxenham were a good example of the style, though somewhat earlier. Presented to the original owner by a Sunday School, it would be considered a 'suitable' book for a young teenager in 1961. This was the most popular of the author's 11 books.
Patricia Baldwin wrote 11 books, presenting young female characters in different scenarios (secretarial, hunt kennels, nursing). A number of them are still in print, in paperback format.
Our copy is in generally good condition, though lacking its dust jacket. Bound in blue cloth which is a little faded, particularly on the spine, it shows few signs of wear externally, apart from some bumping of the corners and some minor shelf wear to top & bottom of the spine. Titles etc are in black lettering on the spine. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; the endpapers and first/last couple of pages are rather foxed, but this does not penetrate the body of the book. There is a brown stain on p.45, and a lighter one on p.55, which is also dogeared at top & bottom (pp. 41-55 are all slightly dogeared at the bottom - see photo). Another small brown mark is at the foot of pp. 80/81. Any other blemishes are very minor indeed. The front fep bears the name of the girl to whom the book was presented.