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(3.5 stars) Light, mild and gently delightful
on 29 September 2012
Miss Barbara Buncle is now Mrs Abbott but after the unprecedented success of her book (Miss Buncle's Book) she and Arthur are forced to move from the village she inadvertently exposed. With a new house come new neighbours - and Barbara is soon presented with a plot for another book.
This is another light and gentle read, but I found it less engaging than the first book. Apart from the Marvel family next door, this doesn't have the same mix of personalities as previously, and there are places where the book felt quite bland and limp - the first third, for example, where Barbara is house-hunting and decorating.
This reveals its 1930s mindset in both charming ways (Barbara, Arthur and their visitor are all confused, embarrassed and overcome when husband and wife are caught kissing in their own hallway), and less charming (the `lower classes' who are made to speak in ungrammatical English complete with dropped aitches).
There are some moments of high comedy such as the dinner party at the Marvel's but not as many as the first book.
If you like your fiction gentle, calm and pleasant, you may well love this.