Jane Fortune causes a stir when she arrives in the small community of Dingleford. She has bought an old cottage and plans to open a tea room. Old friends Charles Weatherby and Harold Prestcott both fall for the newcomer, but her behaviour seems to vary wildly - she encourages first one then the other and at other times barely recognises them. Is there more to the fair Miss Fortune than meets the eye?
Never before recorded as an audiobook, this charming story was originally written in the 1930s, when it was thought to be too old-fashioned to appeal to the modern market.
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"A Humorous Look at 1930s English Village Life"
This is the second D E Stevenson that I have never read, but have discovered on audio. It is an almost P G Woodhouse type book. It has hapless young men, mistaken identities and one very nasty woman who is thoroughly thwarted. There are some very funny character summations by other characters, and the book pokes fun at a lot of English village "types". It is not a big book. It is a rather frothy book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Charming addition to the D.E. Stevenson collection"
I was delighted to find this little story- a gently wry and humorous tale of twin sisters and their confused beaus from the pen of the talented Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
"Classic D. E. Stevenson!"
I have already recommended it and the author. The story is charming but not entirely predictable. I didn't want to "put it down," but listen until it was finished.
Although the language and story differs, the flavor is similar to anything by Jane Austen, as if Jane Austen were alive and writing in the 20th century.
You don't notice Tomlinson at all, just the characters. She brings them alive.
Charles. It would be fun to pick his brain about life in his village, beyond what's in the book.
D. E. Stevenson is my favorite author after Jane Austen. I love the humor and the commentary on British culture of the era.
I could knit or sew by hand while I listened.
I like how she varied the voices for the characters.
I liked Charles.
I liked Sylivia, Charles's mother because she was kind and compassionate.
"Not worth your time."
I have newly discovered D.E. Stevenson and have loved all of her books...except this one. I can usually relate to her main characters, but these tiresome twin girls making people miserable with their deception were impossible to
like. I can't believe that the author of all the books I loved wrote this one. If it was meant to be lighthearted, it wasn't. The "joke" just carried on and on...too long. I do not recommend this book.
This book was truly awful. Possibly one of the worst I've ever read. Over simple story. Smug & irritating. The "twist" was predictable within the first 5 minutes of reading.
Move along, nothing to see here.
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