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This novel completes the "Drumberley Trilogy", started with Vittoria Cottage and continuing with Music in the Hills, both also narrated by Leslie Mackie. Winter and Rough Weather has also been published using the title "Shoulder the Sky". The version currently available on Kindle uses the "Shoulder the Sky" title. The major difference is that in one version a family of characters are named "Shaw" and in the other they are named "Steele".
I love D. E. Stevenson as an author and never more than when she is showing us the lovely "Boarders" region of Scotland, where she lived much of her life. Those who have listened to or read the earlier books in the Trilogy will be delighted to see what happens to James and Rhoda as they build their lives together. And those new to the world will still find an enjoyable and thought provoking look at what it means to build a marriage, and can enjoy the lovely locality. I think the book would be richer for knowing the earlier stories, but don't feel that they are necessary.
Remember that this book was written in the nineteen fifties and as such does display an attitude about "a woman's place" that may feel a bit strange to modern readers. In fact, James's feelings that his wife SHOULD continue her career as an oil painter/artist after marriage was rather "modern" for the time and place.
I very much enjoy James and Rhoda and all the other characters and was delighted at Leslie Mackie's portrayal of them.
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