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Julian was in love with Alexandra, Alexandra was in love with Julian. She had no doubts about that, and being engaged to Julian was delightful. Yet, somehow, as a husband, she felt he might prove less perfect - until she had taught him the little lesson he needed. Julian learnt it in Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon, London. His mystified family looked on.
When Julian Hurst went into partnership in an art business instead of in the family firm of solicitors, his family was surprised that he made such a success of it.
They would have been still more surprised if they had known what his business trip to Yorkshire to view some Clauval paintings was to lead to.
His engagement to the delightful but mysterious Alexandra Bell, and her subsequent disappearance which led him such a dance through Scotland, Yorkshire, Devon, and London, provoked behavior which seemed odd, to say the least of it.
Note: these titles contain the original, unabridged, text exactly as the author first wrote it. Many later editions of Elizabeth Cadell's works were heavily abridged or changed. We hope you enjoy the re-issue of these timeless books. Watch for more to come in the near future!
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- Kathy Whalen
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The Cuckoo in Spring is one of Cadell's more confused 'love stories'. It is full of her trademark eccentric characters. The hero is a young man who is spoiled and confused at having to work to win his girl. Intentionally, she is rather vague and undefined. Too many of the characters are unloved and unlovely for me to love this Cadell, and the heroine's evasive actions were less explicable than they often are. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book, so when I was doing some handwork at home that made reading impossible, I bought this audio version to have some light listening while I stiched. Whoa, the audio version is pretty awful.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo in Spring?
The part where he first arrives at the Yorkshire house to catalogue the paintings and meets Alexandra. She steels the sheets off his bed and the coal for his fire. I did like them first falling in love.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator sounded very mannered as she tried to express a wealthy family going about its business. This book is already a bit stiff with Cadell's entitled middle class family, but I was perservering until she read the part of Nanny. Dick van Dyke was nothing on her absolutely terrible accent. Cadell even gave the narrator an out by describing Nanny's accent as combining two accents, but Klett's version (it sounded like her idea of a Yorkshire voice) was absolutely hideous and made it almost impossible to continue listening. I had been so impressed with Sun in the Morning, the other Audible Cadell I had listened to, that this was a real disappointment. I am sorry that I paid for this.
Could you see The Cuckoo in Spring being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
I can feel Elizabeth Cadell turning in her grave, just read the book.
Any additional comments?
Please listen to the extract and remember that this is as good as it gets, and in many places the voice is MUCH worse. I would really recommend you read the book and skip the audio version.
- Pauline Baird Jones
A favorite Cadell with wonderful recording!
Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo in Spring to be better than the print version?
I like them both. :-)
What did you like best about this story?
How unexpected the story is. Cadell always manages to surprise.
Which scene was your favorite?
That would be a spoiler!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh, smile and sigh.
Any additional comments?
This is such a fun story and the narration is delightful, a perfect pairing, IMHO. There's just so much to enjoy here.
6 people found this helpful
Excellent narration for a favorite book
The Cuckoo in Spring by Elizabeth Cadell is the second audio book I've listened to this week with a perfect narrator. The other was also an Elizabeth Cadell book - Iris in Winter, narrated by the very talented Alexandra Reynolds.
The Cuckoo in Spring is narrated by Elizabeth Klett who has a gorgeous voice and does wonderful English accents. This book ties with Mixed Marriage (also by Elizabeth Cadell) as one of my all time favorites.
The romance is well written and the dialogue had me laughing out loud as I listened to Julian's aunt's discourse on the subject of husbands!
Another winner that adapts beautifully to an audio version.
3 people found this helpful
I really enjoy Elizabeth Cadell. Unfortunately, only 3 on Audible -- in my order of preference: The Corner Shop, The Lark Shall Sing, The Cuckoo in Spring. Lots more on Kindle.
1 person found this helpful