Celebrations in Burracombe written by the very talented Lilian Harry for me was an excellent read and one which I enjoyed from page one. As a reader I was soon involved in the many problems and joys of the many villagers and for me I have to say this was my favourite book based on the village of Burracombe.
From page one I was brought back in time to June 1954 and I was soon involved in the life of Hilary as she faces life with or without her beloved David and it was really interesting to see a more vulnerable side of her as she deals with life's decisions those she has control of and of course where the future she so much wants is taken out of her hands. But for me the main family for this book was the Shillabeer family whose daughter Patsy first appeared in the last book of the same series Weddings In Burracombe
. As Lilian Harry opened up the history of this family we were shown how domestic abuse was kept behind closed doors back in the 1950's. As Patsy faces married life estranged from her family - her father slowly moved more into a life which was hidden behind the name of extreme religion but was so far away from the loving religion which featured in another favourite couple of mine Felix and Stella and it was really interesting how the author brought this matter and how she used facts to develop a wonderful book of fiction.
My favourite part of this book as always was how Lilian Harry brought the county of Devon alive through her vivid descriptions of the beautiful county, of their rich local food but also through her writing I was able to hear the strong Devon accent of the characters and through her vivid writing I could actually hear within my mind how their own unique dialect sounds as they spoke their own unique language of deepest Devon.
I love Lilian Harry as an author as she has a gift of not only bringing her characters alive for her readers but as she describes the surroundings of the characters I can see what the characters see which makes the book an extra special read. I really feel I have a front seat as the many character's lives are unfolding, dealing with problems and of course how the villagers of Burracombe stick together especially when any of the villagers are in need they pull together to help no matter what creed or class they are there for each other. Some might see it as pure nosiness I see it as old fashioned neighbours being there for each other, if only we could go back to those times? Life would be so much better!(in my own personal opinion)
Celebrations in Burracombe was another wonderful read therefore I am very happy to recommend this as not only a brilliant read for other readers of historical fiction. I could not put this book down until I found out what happened not only to Patsy and her husband Terry, but also Hilary and of course Stella and Felix. The only part of reaching the last page is the fact I have to wait until next year when the next book in the series when Changes in Burracombe will be released August 2015. But I know for a fact the wait will be worth it as I am sure I will be in for a treat.