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  1. says:

    The story is set in the early fifties in a quiet village in England The Dower House belonging to the Morven estate has been sold to the attractive, thirty ish Miss Kate Hardy Kate Hardy, a successful novelist, has spent the war years in London, cooped up in an apartment with her selfish cousin and frivolous niece She is now looking forward to fresh air and peace and quiet But soon she becomes involved in various village dramas who has been writing anonymous letters Will her neighbor, Richard Morven, divorce his long absent wife, and if so, what will become of the daughter he hasn t seen in years And what should be done about Walter Stack, the village own war hero This young man of humble origin, who attained a position of leadership during the war, is stubbornly trying to return to his former life as a carpenter, but is forced to accept that his war experiences have made that impossible Kate Hardy finds herself torn between two attractive men. who will she choose This is a nice novel for a rainy afternoon Kate Hardy is the kind of cheerful, competent young woman we d all like as a friend We root for her as she disentangles herself from her sister s suffocating hold and creates her new life in the village of her dreams Still, there are some deeper themes here In Walter Stack, the author touches on the theme of social mobility, and how the war was a great equalizer in that respect Some village folks find it shocking that Walter, the son of a former nanny, could meet on equal footing with the gentry Others feel that everyone should be given scope to use his talents, regardless of the social class of their birth All of this seems self evident now, but was still somewhat controversial in England in the 1950s.

  2. says:

    I was so enthralled with The Young Clementina that when I found this old hardcover at a library sale, I was thrilled to pick up yet another DE Stevenson book Kate Hardy is clever and she has to be she is a famous author and the creator of the fearless Stephen Slade Everyone loves her books although she writes under an assumed name , and Kate s earnings permit her to buy the Dower House and settle in the village of Old Quinings Here she is beset by neighbors and small intrigues that don t allow her as much free time to write as she wishes Kate went into the morning room and sat down at her desk She began to think about Stephen It was not easy to get back into the atmosphere of her book after the excitements of the last few days, but she made a determined effort, and was just beginning to rekindle the flame when Martha looked in Miss Kate, said Martha, I thought I d just catch you before you started Walter Stack has come Did you want him to make shelves in the attic Kate is able to solve the mystery of the author of some poison pen letters and encourage a new friend, a returned decorated World War 2 hero, to find stability after returning home from the war There are old superstitions to be confronted in the unsavory character of Abijah Rannish and in between, Kate brings solace to a local schoolteacher, Miss Carlyle The unconventional circumstances of Richard Morven and his marraige allows Kate the opportunity to befriend his unusual daughter Susan Susan had read all the Slade Books now and she assured their author that they were very good indeed There s no silly love business, explained Susan I hate love, don t you Kate was not shocked by this unchristian sentiment she knew what Susan meant and was inclined to agree with her or at least to sympathise Too much love interest in novels was apt to be a little cloying D.E Stevenson always portrays life in a small English village so realistically and although not my favorite of hers, I still enjoyed reading this one and becoming familiar with some of the characters the formidable Miss Crease for one If Kate does seem a little too perfect to be absolutely genuine, her story was still a pleasant read.

  3. says:

    3 13 13 Definitely not one of my favorite D.E Stevenson books But it made me want to go re read Mrs Tim Flies Home , which also takes place in Old Quinings with some of the same people It is MUCH better And of course I can t start on the last Mrs Tim book, so I ll have to re read all of them Love me some Mrs Tim 3 12 13 What bliss a D.E Stevenson book that I haven t read There aren t many left out there Please don t bother me until I finish.

  4. says:

    Kate Hardy is than a light romance, it s social history Amongst other things D.E Stevenson focuses on the problems faced by men getting out of the forces after World War 2 It s a very enjoyable read.

  5. says:

    A few weird parts because of superstitious villagers Not D.E Stevenson s best, but easy light reading.

  6. says:

    This has taken the bad taste left by Angela Thirkell s Peace Breaks Out from my mouth That was published in 1946 this in 1947 that lamented the changes in the class system brought about by WW2 this celebrates them Thirkell writes a much wittier book than Stevenson, but Stevenson s books have much heart.

  7. says:

    Kate Hardy buys a country house unseen and makes her move from London to the dull quiet life so she can continue writing her popular hero action books Yet, life in the country is far from dull Strange letters, neighborhood soap operas, tangled romances, and irritating relatives visiting interrupt Kate s solitude And she doesn t mind one iota A thoroughly likable plot and heroine, the book would have garnered five stars except for the ending DES is terrible about her loose endings Everything comes crashing to a big finale but she tends to leave loose bits trailing in the breeze My hope is that Kate Hardy continues on in another book.

  8. says:

    This book is a completely independent sequel to Celia s House I liked it better than Celia s House because there is detail and the subplots were also entertaining Kate Hardy moved to the same small village to escape her evil relations She is an accomplished writer and successful career woman in spite of the just finished war I found her character engaging and enjoyed the little mysteries of life that she solved although they are quite predictable and solvable by the reader.

  9. says:

    How many favorite books can one have This is one.An independent woman of private means buys a house in Old Quinings She attempts to renovate the house during the austere post war times She hires a young demobbed veteran who has trouble adjusting to the village social schema after serving as a responsible army officer during the war He alone discovers that Kate is an author of mystery novels under a man s pen name.connections Mrs Tim Flies Home Old Quinings

  10. says:

    This story had possibilities a young professional woman leaving the hustle and smuts of London behind her and moving to an enchanting little home in Scotlandadapting to another way of life and type of people The references to old beliefs in pagan rituals as part of the story was overdone, however And the unappealing and rather unbelievable personality of the main male character relegates this particular book to the bottom half of my D.E favorites list.