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Hester Christie has spent a blissful 18 months living in Kenya, where husband Tim is posted. But now it’s back to England to be with her two nearly grown children. She rents a house near the village of Old Quinings in England’s North Country and plans a quiet summer with the children near the inn owned by her beloved former maid Annie and her husband. But things are never quiet for long with Mrs Tim, and she must navigate curious neighbours, a dishonest landlady and a troublesome travel companion who makes an unwelcome appearance in Old Quinings, not to mention some intrigue and a bit of matchmaking for young lovers.

©1952 D. E. Stevenson (P)2019 Soundings

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  • Dale Bowles
  • 03-09-19

Top-notch - Again

I wish - oh, I wish I could read aloud as well as Lesley Mackie. In this last Mrs. Tim book, she not only does pretty well on the Italian and French bits (as far as I can tell) she gives a convincing performance of a very articulate and totally incomprehensible toddler! And of course her interpretation of the whole story is up to her usual high standard.
As for the story itself, the misunderstanding from different cultural viewpoints turns into gossip with no basis, which affects Mrs. Tim's stay in a quiet English village, leading to some hilarious situations!

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