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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Snowfall in Burracombe by Lilian Harry is a book which I highly recommend especially to those who like me follow this author's career and have fallen in love with the village of Burracombe and its many inhabitants. From the first book of the series I have enjoyed having a nosy through the windows of the many homes of Burracombe watching each of the villagers lives develop in exciting and loving ways. This is the seventh book of the series and I have enjoyed each one and for me this one was as good as the earlier books of this series though with this book there was a more serious tone but one which showed the deep love the villagers had and showed how they supported each other as these villagers were more than neighbours they were friends. It spoke to me how life was back then when people knew who lived next door to each other and they were involved in each other's lives. Lilian Harry is wonderful at showing how life was really like a few decades ago which for me makes her books more enjoyable.
From the moment I started to read Snowfall in Burracombe I was once again brought straight into the lives of the villagers as this book continues from Lilian Harry's last book Secrets in Burracombe as only a couple of days have passed. The villagers are recovering from the news that Stella their beloved school teacher and future wife of the ex-curate of Burracombe church but now actual minister of Little Burracombe Felix Copley has been involved in an accident on the moors and now lies seriously injured in hospital. Hilary Napier is also one of the main characters of this wonderful book and as I got to know her through the author's wonderful writing you soon realise she is not the strong person she is portrayed as, actually she is hankering after the man we first met in the last book but David is still spoken for and they have many more problems to face before the sun rises on this couple who are so in love but their life obligations keeps them apart. The Tozer's visitors Joe and Russell are enjoying the holiday and getting reacquainted to old and new friends and some are more special than others. The villagers as always pull together at times of crisis and as they support Felix with prayers and casseroles they cope with their own daily lives and past troubles. The main focus of this book was Stella overcoming her injuries and how they affect her future with Felix plus Stella's sister Maddie has her own problems to overcome. Plus we hear from the Tozer's and the land they farm which I loved to read of as the author showed how the land was farmed back then. I loved to hear of the old traditions and when I speak of them to my father he remembers back when he was a lad so much of what the author writes about.
As usual the author shows what life was like back in the 1950's as everyone are still recovering from the Second World War and they consider finally seeing the total end to rationing which first started over ten years ago. As they finally see the end of sugar rationing in 1953 the villagers are hoping for a better future for the world, and they do not know what the New Year of 1954 will bring them. Also the author uses the earlier books she has written about this area as some of the characters who are mentioned within this series of books are also in her earlier titles which for me made this book extra special. It was for me nice to remember how everyone who was not actually born in Burracombe actually came to live in this wonderful village and how their lives came together. Also a few things were explained about certain characters who I did not like as much as other characters and what made them become the people they have.
This book for me was perfect as it had everything I loved there were love, faith, belief and friendship and so much more. When I was reading it was like being surrounded by old friends and getting reacquainted with each one of them.
I highly recommend Snowfall at Burracombe as a wonderful read, the one thing I did not like was coming to the last page as I know I have to wait for the next instalment in the village of Burracombe and I am wishing so much that it will be soon.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 October 2014
I've liked another of this author's works, but came to this series as a newcomer and the tale does not read well as a standalone. The town on Dartmoor is no doubt well described, and the fifties setting, but we are plunged into the on-going lives of a cast of about thirty characters who are all followed separately.

The main plotlines seemed to be two in number. One young woman was in a car which collided with ponies on a road (I would have liked to know what happened to the ponies but wasn't told) and now she lies in hospital unconscious. When she comes around she has some background memory but amnesia. The rest of the story follows her anxious fiancé as he learns that the planned wedding in one month will have to be postponed, because the lady has spinal nerve damage and how much movement she'll regain is not known. Treatments of the day are described.

Another young woman met a doctor when they served abroad during the war, and has now met him again only to find that he went and married the fiancée after all though they appear never to have loved each other, so I didn't see why. Divorces being so difficult and expensive at the time he wants to keep seeing the other girl on the quiet. However she's also married but falls recklessly in love with him again and the whole story is full of "oh we mustn't" as they dramatise their otherwise quiet lives. This does bring home how old-fashioned the fifties were with regard to personal freedom.

The whole town however is followed as they prepare for Christmas and visit the pub; lovers of country tales who are following the series may love the book but the depressing circumstances and jumble of too many characters meant I did not enjoy the read. American series writers about towns like Whiskey Creek, Fool's Gold and Virgin River tend to bring a new character to town who is followed as he/she interacts with one established character in particular; the rest of the cast are walk-on parts to show us how they are getting on but the main two are the focus. This tends to be a lot easier to follow for a newcomer, who may then read the previous as well as later books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
I was not disappointed by this book, at one point i actually found myself laughing out loud. It isn't all humour it is touching and as is usual with Lillian Harry's books i felt transported to Burracombe itself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Waited what seemed ages for this book to be published. I wasn't disappointed, the only disappointment was it finished. Will Felix ever be happy, Miss Napier get what she wants? For all Burracombe lovers it leaves you wanting the next book.
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on 7 December 2013
I'm still reading this book, and I'm loving it, my heart breaks in two in some place of the book, as two of the characters are going through hell, there's been a few feathers ruffled in one family , due to major changes, but they are having to accept what's happening, Jackie is testing her parents, big time!
The Nativity play, is funny, children say funny things at times, and although they have been told what they have to say, quite often, they don't, and in this story, the I think they mean adlib, much to the annoyance of there teacher, but it ends up being the best Nativity play they've ever had.
One thing I'm pleased about is, Maddy, is happy, and Stella has come to her senses, I hope the next book, sees them happy with their men.
Janet Davies Falmouth Cornwall
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
This writer is one of my favourites. Here original books were set in Portsmouth where I lived for many years. This book is excellent and follows on from the previous book in the series. The people seem very real and it is well written.
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on 11 March 2013
I love this series of books as having been born and brought up in Devon, and still having family living in the Okehampton area I can picture a lot of the places mentioned in the book. i.e. Kelly College, Princetown roads, Plymouth etc. A visit back to Devon wouldn't be complete without a trip to Tavistock!! Regarding the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it but perhaps not as much as some of the other Burracombe books. I feel Stella's hospital stay is dragging on a bit too long....would have liked to know the outcome of her injuries in this book. However, I'll just have to be patient and wait for the next book in the series! All in all though it's another great easy read from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
Such a lovely story, it also had characters from the other books I have read. Just wish I knew which order they came out so I could follow on reading in the right order.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
very slow and repetitive it really is being dragged out ,out of all the books this was boring,not sure if i will bother with any more, have the collection so far,
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on 25 October 2014
Christmas is coming to Burracombe but the town is having a hard time finding joy. Stella Simmons is in the hospital and may not be walk again. Hilary Napier is in love with man who she can't have. Jackie Tozer dreams about going to America much to her parents dismay.
I really want to like "Snowfall in Burracombe" by Lillian Harry, but the more that I read the book the more I could not get into it. I found the book a bit depressing and I think that it may have turned me off to reading any more books in the series.
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