Marriage to her publisher, Arthur Abbott, has done nothing to stop Barbara Buncle from involving herself in the lives of her neighbours.
After leaving Silverstream and moving to London, Barbara and Arthur are enjoying their newly wedded bliss, but not the city life. The only solution to their problem? Returning to the country. Silverstream is out of the question, but Barbara eventually finds the perfect candidate in the town of Wandlebury.
After falling in love with the town, and the run-down Archway House, the Abbotts move in and make it their home. Barbara doesn’t intend to get mixed up with those around her, again, but can’t help falling into those scrapes, often with humorous consequences!
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A comfortable story
This book is a very comfortable tale of Britain between WWI and WWII. The narrator does an excellent job supplying a variety of voices to add depth to the characters. I enjoyed hearing about daily life in the 1930s. That said--this is a continuation of an earlier DE Stevenson book --Miss Buncle's Book. The reader needs to be aware that it picks up where that book ends. However, they are very different books. I found the first book to be very funny. The exchanges between the characters and their reactions to life in the village of Silverstream were at times laugh out loud hysterical. In this book the character development and exploration were more superficial and spotty. For me the humor missed the mark. It was, as I have said before, a comfortable story but a bit plodding. Less quirky and in the end less entertaining. I had expected and looked forward to a continuation of the story telling style of the first book, it just never happened. Still--all in all --a pleasant listen.
Charming, funny, gentle yet witty story