Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D.E. Stevenson

Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is the first in a popular series of four Mrs. Tim novels and it revolves around Hester Christie, who is married to Tim, a military man. Hester leads a busy and stressful life and she has to take care of many things as a military wife. Since her husband Tim is often away, Hester has her hands full with her children, Betty and Bryan and then, there are her social and domestic responsibilities that keep our heroine busy. Thus, when she learns that her family will soon have to move to a new regiment, Hester is not really pleased, as she knows that her life will become even more stressful. From the troubles of settling in to saving a dear friend from making a disastrous marriage, Hester has to deal with many new predicaments and dramas in Scotland. And when the wealthy Major Morley enters Hester’s life one day, our heroine finds out that life is often unexpected and that it takes you by surprise.

Written in diary form, Mrs. Tim of the Regiment gives the reader an account of Hester’s daily events and it displays the hectic and stressful life of a military wife in the 1930s. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is very charming and wonderful and I really enjoyed reading this book. Since I loved Miss Buncle’s Book, I was eager to read about Mrs. Tim and her adventures and I am so glad that D.E. Stevenson has again managed to write such an amusing novel. Some books that are written in diary form are often boring, as the various daily activities and the limited dialogue often slow the story down, but this is not the case here. The author narrates Mrs. Tim’s story in an exciting way, entertaining the reader with detailed descriptions, action and some witty dialogue.

I really liked Mrs. Tim of the Regiment because it was interesting to find out about the life of a military wife and to read about Mrs. Tim’s adventures, troubles and dilemmas. The characters in this book were amusing and delightful and it was a pleasure to read about them. Overall, I find that Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is an engaging and lovely novel written by a talented and wonderful author. I am looking forward to reading more works by D.E. Stevenson in the near future!

Note: This review has been written for Nymeth’s 1930s Mini-Challenge.



9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    May 18, 2010 @ 09:55:37

    I generally enjoy books that are in a diary form. It is an easy way to really delve into someone’s mind. The downside is that you only get one perspective. Nice review!


  2. vivienne
    May 18, 2010 @ 10:49:08

    I am desperate to read this book as well as Mrs Buncle. They both sound so utterly fabulous. I really enjoy diary format, just as much as epistolary books.


  3. Lua
    May 18, 2010 @ 13:11:22

    This one sounds fantastic Andreea! I love stories written in diary form, they give me the feeling of secretly reading someone’s diary 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading both of the book.


  4. Aarti
    May 18, 2010 @ 16:55:03

    This sounds so lovely! I like diary/epistolary novels, and I like fun and amusing characters, too. Basically… I should just get every book in this Bloomsbury Group series!


  5. Kathleen
    May 19, 2010 @ 00:34:19

    We often forget about the wives of the men who serve their country. This sounds like a good read.


  6. Nymeth
    May 19, 2010 @ 07:49:23

    Both this and Miss Buncle’s Book are high up on my wishlist. They both sound like such a delight!


  7. Andreea
    May 19, 2010 @ 11:06:30

    Thanks everyone. These Bloomsbury books are really a delight and I highly recommend them to you, as I am sure that you will love them as much as I did!


  8. Alice Teh
    May 20, 2010 @ 03:06:38

    Hello Andreea! Thanks for highlighting this series. I read a lot of military books and this one sounds good! Since I’m back on my book ban, I’m going to put this on my wish list. 😀


  9. Simon T
    May 26, 2010 @ 11:48:52

    How have I only just found your blog?! You’re reading all the books I love… and if you enjoyed this, you absolutely HAVE to find E.M. Delafield’s Provincial Lady books (first one is Diary of a Provincial Lady) – very funny, and quite similar to Mrs. Tim (but better, in my opinion!)


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