Pretty, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a guest of her aunt Agnes at the magnificent wooded estate of Rushwater, falls head over heels for handsome playboy David Leslie. Meanwhile Agnes and her mother, the eccentric matriarch Lady Emily, have hopes of a different, more suitable match for Mary. At the lavish Rushwater dance party, her future happiness hangs in the balance....
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"Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself." (Alexander McCall Smith)
"Appealing." (Glasgow Sunday Herald)
I am thrilled that Angela Thirkell's books are finally being released on audio, and that they started with this one (my absolute favourite). Hilary Neville does a really perfect job of narrating, and I can't fault it. I hope she does the next one, and not Yonnie Fraser who was used for Pomfret Towers (dreadful).
This grew on me as I listened to it. There is no real plot to speak of but the social comedy is delicious as the author shows up the foibles and foolishness of her characters from the very camp social climbing gardening expert to the beautiful woman entirely obsessed by her children. There is also a rather touching romance, undertones of sadness as parents remember their eldest son killed in World War I, and some teenage French Royalists. I went from slightly underwhelmed to entirely charmed in the course of listening, helped by the really excellent narration.
"Sense And Sensibility Meets Frazier!..."
I cannot say enough good things about this novel and do not know what was in the head of the person who gave it a bad review. This is, so far, my favorite Thirkell novel, and that is saying something. Characters that leap out from the page and into your heart. Austenesque misadventures in love. And wickedly funny humor. I almost never laugh out loud at a book, but I must have laughed several hundred times at this one. Absolutely marvelous!
"A historical novel"
Books written in the 1930s have a similar flare and this one certainty did not disappoint the romantic. Somewhat slow and sometimes silly, the crushes and loves that progress throughout the summer are beautifully described. This is an honorable romance because everyone keeps their pants up and zippers zipped.
An English setting with some Victorian influences.
"Palls. . ."
Much ado about nothing. . . . but not as pleasant as her usual fluff. Too much time spent in the brains of people getting worked up about foolish things. Good but not stellar performance, and a weaker-than-normal-story.
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