Mrs Abbott is flustered at the thought of putting up a lady from the Red Cross, but is happily surprised when she turns out to be an old friend from her previous life as Miss Buncle, infamous writer.
Of course, she’s now far too busy with her children to write, not to mention helping out in the lives of the villagers. And with a possible spy in their midst, evacuated families, potential love matches and a visit from a famous writer, she’s got her work cut out for her. Luckily for her, the other Mrs Abbott is around to help.
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Charming, especially if you're already a fan
I would recommend this to anyone who is familiar with and likes D.E. Stevenson's low-key, gentle style. She can be really funny or ironic sometimes, but mostly she is good at creating characters that are a pleasure to know. There is occasionally a moment or two of dramatic incident, but the general format of the story is more about everyday occurrences and domestic affairs. People too often compare modern authors with Jane Austen, and I hesitate to do that here, but a person who likes Austen may very well find themselves enjoying Stevenson.
One of the more memorable moments was when Miss Marks, the ultra-educated housekeeper, manages to disarm a sleeping German spy. This isn't really that kind of a book--it's not an adventure or a thriller, which makes it all the more hilarious when the catching of the spy just sort of...happens! And then they go on with the rest of their day.
I grew to like the narrator's voice for Barbara Abbott, Jane Watt, and Miss Marks. However, I did NOT like her voice for the younger Mrs. Abbott, Jerry, and wasn't all that keen on some of her men's voices. It is a testimony to the excellence of the story itself that those things didn't put me off as much as they might have and I am left with memories of a truly enjoyable story.
Further Adventures of Miss Buncle.