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This is an old fashioned, innocent, but intelligent and witty story of a young woman's coming of age, an Edwardian weekend house party, and a beautiful old country estate. Sound familiar? It is, but written with a light touch. Painfully shy Alice, her impetuous brother, a horsey and kind hearted best friend, an utterly un-dashing heir, and an older generation with its own array of quirks. Readers who enjoy Jane Austen will find many similar pleasures in Thirkell's stories.
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by Thirkell. She does have some stock types that seem to show up in each novel (brusque but lovable father, dim-witted but good hearted mother, someone absolutely inept with dogs), but the charm and humor abound in every novel too. This one is no exception!
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I was delighted to see that Angela Thirkell's books are being released on audio in the UK (they've been available in the USA for some time), but I wonder why a different narrator has been used for this one, than for Wild Strawberries. Yonnie Fraser does not do a good job of this (unlike the really wonderful Hilary Neville, who narrates Wild Strawberries). Her character voices are all slightly wrong, and she has a slightly jerky and monotonous way of reading that is very offputting. It spoiled what is one of my favourite Thirkell novels.
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