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Recently married to Charles, Sarah is furnishing a cottage in Scotland and starting on a life in sharp contrast to their wartime experiences. Their full entrance into village life is helped by Sarah's delightful grandparents, who have given them the land on which they have built their cottage. They work together, collaborating in translations for a publisher. Charles embarks on more ambitious writing, his autobiography, yet increasingly it is not books but life itself that engrosses him and Sarah. In particular Frederica, the daughter of Sarah's frivolous and pleasure-seeking sister, commands their sympathy and love. One by one the characters of a large attractive family make their appearance but it is through Frederica that the nexus of family problems is finally resolved.
©1968 D. E. Stevenson; (P)2009 Soundings
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By Constance on 12-30-11

Engaging old fashioned story

Sarah and her husband are newly married. Husband has survived many years in a prison camp and has turned his back on his homeland of Germany. Together, the couple embrace their small, gentle world of rural simplicity in the Scottish highlands. They are close to Sarah's aging parents, who live nearby; they take Sarah's neglected niece under their wing and save her from the attentions of a handsome ne'er do well. It isn't suspenseful or funny, just a gentle and curiously engaging story about unpretentious, kind people whom you would love to have as friends and neighbors. Narration is just right for this story--well differentiated characters, eloquent but no scenery chewing. If you want a break from nail biting suspense, step in to the world of D. E. Stevenson for a few hours and feel refreshed and restored.

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By Elizabeth Lyle on 12-17-09

Charming and peaceful Scottish novel

D.E. Stevenson was a wonderful author. Imagine a small town series such as the Mitford novels by Jan Karon or the Miss Read books, but in this case the setting is the countryside of Scotland during the 1940's and 50's. The warmth of Stevenson's characters always leave me smiling and wishing them well. Well done, Audible! Please offer more.

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