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on 15 May 2017
This is a charming story of life in a country village with the focus on a fete. The beautiful Mrs Brandon - a widow with two grown up children - captivates all men who come within her orbit though she is completely oblivious of the effect she has on other people. Her late husband's Aunt Sissie seems likely to die before long. She is an irascible old lady and Mrs Brandon feels sorry for her much tried companion - Miss Morris - and vows to have Miss Morris to stay once Aunt Sissie dies.
A chicken pox epidemic among the poor and a vicar who is excellent at parish work but who regards Mrs Brandon as a goddess; Mrs Grant who is obsessed with Italy and who lards her conversation with Italian phrases; servants who are domestic tyrants and the usual collection of angst ridden young people make up this entertaining froth of a book.
If you want a book to lose yourself in and where the descriptions and dialogue will at least make you smile then this book is ideal. It is light hearted and amusing and ideal if you want to remind yourself that such villages did exist in the 1930s. If you have read Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels and Ivy Compton Burnett then the society depicted in Angela Thirkell's novels will be familiar to you.