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Once , I ve been charmed by D.E Stevenson s easy style I don t know why I waited so long to read this third instalment, especially since from the first page, I was transported to this fabulous little village peopled by such a colourful cast It is quite difficult to quantify what the author does Nothing much actually Happens, and yet, I was than happy to keep turning the pages The first Mrs Abbott of the title is Barbara, n e Buncle, main character of the previous two books, always a firm favour [...]
When I finished reading Miss Buncle Married I felt I wanted to read the next book The Two Mrs Abbotts right away I found out that Persephone are probably publishing it at some point but I wasn t sure I could wait A quick look online revealed old copies fetching rather high prices I know D E Stevenson books can be quite sort after these days So I did a quick search on the Birmingham Library Catalogue there was one book I requested it That was back in February and I had almost forgotten all about [...]
This is the third book about Barbara Buncle I love this series and reread it every year Unfortunately D.E Stevenson is disappearing from library shelves Her writing is wonderful with humor and real understanding of human nature when influenced by a society of morality and ethics I miss this foundation in current literature.Barbara is a woman with many self doubts who has learned how to put on a competent social facade She tries to influence her family and friends, with humorous results.
I had hoped this would have the charm and delight I found in the first two of the series Sadly, set in and published during WWII, there s a kind of pall cast over the whole that dragged it down horribly It doesn t help that Stevenson threw in some really dreary people, even as she removed some of my favorites who were off to war I particularly hated the separation of Sam and Jerry Yeah, we hear good things about him and are lead to expect he is thriving in his own way, but Stevenson is an excell [...]
Mrs Barbara Abbott and Mrs Jerry Abbott are always surrounded by adventures, including but not limited to the welcoming of an old friend from Silverstream to Wandlebury a soldier s calf love for Jerry the emo warblings of Lancreste Marvell talk about a supervillain name the comings and goings and comings of the ill fortuned Boles family and LOVE 1 This really wasn t as charming and fun as its predecessors, unfortunately It suffers somewhat from the looming specter of the War, and somewhat from t [...]
Stevenson s books are like a cleansing breath in the midst of a chaotic world They are charming and poignant yet full of humor and wise observations of human nature And throughout there is a sense of calm and quiet.This story is set during WWII Life in the country goes on with some adjustments to the war effort The focus shifts between Barbara Buncle s now firmly Mrs Abbott home and her niece by marriage Jerry Abbot Jerry s husband is serving in Egypt and her household has been opened to a compa [...]
D.E Stevenson s The Two Mrs Abbotts was first published in 1943, and has been reissued by Persephone Books Stevenson was an incredibly prolific author, and had over forty novels published during her writing career The Two Mrs Abbotts is the third instalment in the books which feature Miss Buncle, both of which have also been published by Persephone There has been no introduction included here instead, readers are referred to the first two volumes.The Two Mrs Abbotts opens in Archway House in the [...]
What can I say I simply adore Barbara Buncle Abbott My only complaint about this book would be that there was not enough of Barbara featured in the novel Thankfully the other characters were just as fun and charming to read about as Barbara herself.From the opening page I found myself smiling and laughing and enjoying this book as much as I did the first Miss Buncle book The lighthearted tone, charm and humor were all present and accounted for.This 3rd and final book in the Miss Buncle series fi [...]
3 1 2 starsLong on charm, short on plot.
Barbara Buncle the main character in Miss Buncle s Book and Miss Buncle Married now has two children It is World War II and everyone is struggling with rationing and trying to make ends meet Barbara s old friend from Silverstream days Sarah Walker, the doctor s wife is visiting to give a talk on behalf of the Red Cross The two friends take up their friendship where they left off and Sarah rapidly becomes part of the local community for the length of her visit.Barbara is now Barbara Abbott having [...]
Barbara Abbott nee Buncle is back in this third volume World War II is raging but Wandlebury hasn t changed much The young men are off to war, except for Archie Chevis Cobbe who is running a farm single handedly Barbara has settled into domestic life with Arthur, their two young children and of course, Dorcas Barbara is still as honest and trusting as ever, making everyone want to confide in her Her latest, and most unwanted, confidant is Lancreste Marvell Barbara dislikes the Marvells and doesn [...]
This wasn t as fun as the first two in the series, and now I ve left it long enough that I can t remember the details to say why Some of it is likely that the secondary characters take over the story, and I don t love them as much as I do Barbara and Jerry But the romance is satisfying, and I wasn t sorry to have read the book That s a very lackluster review, and I think the book is better than I made it sound Just not by much.
I love all DE Stevenson and this is one of the better ones Not as delightful as Miss Buncle s Book but better than Miss Buncle Married.
I had to chuckle at this book I didn t know quite what to make of it It s written in the same pleasant, breezy style as the other Stevenson books I ve enjoyed, and it was fun seeing a lot of characters from the first two Miss Buncle books again but that s just it there were almost too many of them Barbara and Jerry don t really play key roles in the story they re just a sort of center the other characters revolve around Both Jane s and Markie s stories seemed like they could have been the basis [...]
Really disjointed, especially at the beginning when it jumped from character to character without much tie in It was fun to be reunited with Sarah Walker, it was too bad she left quite early on Didn t get nearly enough of Barbara this time and she was lame when she was around What on earth did she have to be so tired about with servants and a nurse for the children Having charge of her own two children for an afternoon did her in So, enough criticism All in all harmless and successfully entertai [...]
Now comes D.E Stevenson continuing Miss Buncle, married, two children, not writing, not missing it SIGH The first book was fabulous and so funny The second, nice to be with old friends The third, while a funny twist on writers in the plot, somehow just not satisfying No question though that Stevenson has the genre down perfectly, light as a nightingale s song but not funny Glad to hear Miss Buncle book reissued by Persephone Press was on NPR And author still aluding to Jane Austen.
It was good to learn about what had happened to the two Mrs Abbotts I wish of D.E Stevenson s novels were available I only gave it 4 stars maybe because I felt that the characters spent their time having tea and lunch, which was weird since the novel takes place during WWII Still, it was a very pleasant read I saw somewhere that D E Stevensons novels were in the categorized as light romance , but they seem to me to belong to the cozy category, sans mystery of course
What a find this author has been This is the third book in the Miss Buncle series Time has passed and WW II is upon England As usual, D E Stevenson gives us gentle glimpses of small village life with a keen eye for human nature and a sly sense of humor.
Not as good as the first two books in the series, but this one is iteresting because it s set during World War 2 and gives a portrait of life on the home front, without making it all about the war A good book for passing the time, but not an essential read.
Barbara Buncle is a delightful character and the 3rd book in the series, The Two Mrs Abbots does not disappoint As we follow Barbara Buncle through her life she only grows dear.
D.E Stevenson brings us the conclusion to the Barbara Buncle series, honestly I feel as if I am losing a dear friend Barbara of course always completely charming and the colorful secondary players were equally appreciated, the entire series was absolutely delightful and amusing In The Two Mrs Abbott s Barbara s presence is shadowed by new and returning characters In the midst of WWII Barbara and her husband now have two children but yet she still finds time to matchmake in her own Barbara way Je [...]
Meraviglioso terzo capitolo dedicato a Barbara Buncle, ora Barbara Abbott La seconda signora Abbott la nipote del marito, ora sposata anche se il marito al fronte il libro infatti ambientato durante la seconda guerra mondiale e con la casa invasa da un battaglione dell esercito.Nonostante la guerra sullo sfondo e tutta una serie di episodi legati ad essa il romanzo riesce ad essere sempre leggero e piacevole All inizio del romanzo Barbara scopre che la donna che deve ospitare una persona che dev [...]
I ve been reading a lot of cozy books lately they are the literary equivalent to comfort food when one has a head cold I ve been alternating between D.E Stevenson and Elizabeth Goudge Both depict children well funny, charming, imaginative, ornery I collect in my head favorite proposal scenes Barbara Pym has a rich one After reading this book I have one to add to my collection He read it a newspaper article too complicated to say why carefully and then he looked at Jane There was a question in hi [...]
If you ve read the Miss Buncle series Miss Buncle s Book, Miss Buncle Married then read The Two Mrs Abbotts If you haven t read any of the series, then I don t know what you d think of this one As far as the end of a trilogy goes, this is disappointing as it really doesn t have much to do with our original Miss Buncle The first of the series is a hoot, pertaining to the mishaps of our heroine as she anonymously publishes a book about her neighbors in a small English village She eventually has to [...]
The Two Mrs Abbotts is the third book in the Miss Buncle series, and while the title suggests it s about the former Miss Buncle and her niece by marriage, it is really not.Of the two, we spend the most time with the younger Mrs Abbott Jerry We see Barbara every now and again, but her story line is nothing substantial Actually, none of the story lines are There are just too many characters and too many plots going on that it s hard to keep it all straight.This is a weird little book, because whil [...]
I wouldn t want to live in Wandlebury As a foreigner, an American, I d be an object of curiosity and endless speculation But, oh, how I d love to visit as a guest perhaps of Barbara or Jerry Abbott, the two Mrs Abbotts in the title I would be cosseted and cherished and indulged We would have wonderful fireside chats over tea and take long walks across the fields There would be visiting American airmen for company and simple country goodness It would be challenges, of course There is a war on aft [...]
The plots of the first two Miss Buncle books merged in this final installment of the series It was pleasant to revisit the characters and locations of the first books, but the general tone of this volume was different This book was originally published in 1943 and because of the war there is a somberness that was not in the preceding books Although not nearly as charming as the first or even the second book, it was still fun to finish up with the characters in Miss Buncle s world, and there were [...]
The first in the series is still my favorite, but this one was a very enjoyable read I find books written during the World Wars, but that focus on everyday life, fascinating Really enjoyed all the different storylines and characters being given their own focus throughout the book Only wish there had been resolution to some things I guess that s a side effect of a book being published while the world was still flux You can t very well decide the outcome of a real ongoing war in a work of fiction [...]
Maybe not quite as strong as the first two in the Miss Buncle series, but still lots of fun This one felt a little episodic with a Wait, who is Stevenson focusing on kind of feeling The class snobbery was also overt with this one But I loved the details on WWII rations cooking Markie s triumph made me laugh out loud, and the final scene made me cheer.
Could not put this one down Such a pleasure Though I did wonder at the total rehabilitation of Archie Chevis Cobbe since MISS BUNCLE MARRIED I mean, I can understand that becoming a gentleman farmer might change him, but no one seems to remember what an ass he was in the previous book.