4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I loved Mrs. Buncle's Book and Mrs. Buncle Married and was lucky enough to be given the third book in the trilogy, The Two Mrs Abbotts for Christmas.
I liked it because I wanted to know more about the lives of the characters I had grown to love, and it rounded off certain stories quite satisfactorily.
I disliked it because it is sadly not a patch on its two predecessors. It has much less of the charm and gentle humour. At times it seems rushed and clumsy, and unlike the other two books which brought the characters and their home towns vividly to life, this book flits restlessly from scene to scene, never really settling anywhere satisfactorily.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Barbara Buncle - the main character in `Miss Buncle's Book' and `Miss Buncle Married' - now has two children. It is World War II and everyone is struggling with rationing and trying to make ends meet. Barbara's old friend from Silverstream days - Sarah Walker, the doctor's wife - is visiting to give a talk on behalf of the Red Cross. The two friends take up their friendship where they left off and Sarah rapidly becomes part of the local community for the length of her visit.
Barbara is now Barbara Abbott having married her publisher and the other Mrs Abbott of the title is Jerry Abbott - married to a cousin of Barbara's husband. The book recreates a forgotten era, full of make do and mend, trying to live up to certain standards and do the right thing and supporting the armed forces. Jerry takes in paying guests and struggles with an evacuee family as well as soldiers billeted in her big old house. An author - Janetta Walters - battles with a sudden distaste for her own particular genre and Barbara tries to keep the peace not just in her own home but among her friends as well.
There are no earth shattering events just ordinary every day interactions between friends and neighbours but they are portrayed in such a way that you want to keep reading to see how it will all work out. There is plenty of humour and irony and marvellously well written dialogue and believable characters which keep the reader interested.
If you want to read a book which entertains you without horrifying or terrifying you then try D E Stevenson. She was justifiably popular in her era when people had enough of real life and wanted an alternative world to escape to. Even though it is set in war time no one dies or is missing in action and somehow everyone gets enough to eat. The book will leave you with the feeling that all is right with the world.
I received a free copy of this book.