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.

Andreea

The Brontes Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson

The Carne sisters, Deirdre, Katrine and Sheil have been making up stories since they were children. Now a journalist, Deirdre and her sisters still can’t resist making up these stories, including their talking nursery doll Ironface and their imagined friendship with real Judge Toddington, whom the sisters affectionately call Toddy. The Carne sisters live in a bohemian house with their mother, who likes to join her daughters in their creative game and together, they often tell stories of people whom they never met, pretending to know them intimately. But when Deirdre meets Toddy’s real wife one day, the Carne sisters are confronted with reality. Will this event now put an end to their childhood fantasies for ever?

The Brontes Went to Woolworths was such a delightful book and I am so glad that I read it. I must admit that I had some difficulties when I first started reading it. I don’t know what it was, but I found it hard to read on at first. Maybe it was the fact that I didn’t really know what was real and what was not as I first began reading this book, but once I read a few pages, it got better and I could really enjoy this wonderful book. While reading The Brontes Went to Woolworths, I had to laugh many times, because the Carne sisters and their made-up stories were so hilarious! The characters in this book are all witty, charming and funny and you can’t help but adore them. At times, I wished I could accompany the sisters on their journeys and adventures and while I read this book, I thought about how wonderful it must be to have sisters. I only have a brother, so I don’t really know how it is to have sisters, but sometimes, I wish I had sisters, because I imagine that it must be great, especially having sisters while growing up. Sisters can share intimate details with each other, they can talk about their feelings, emotions and other personal things, because they go through the same changes and make similar experiences while growing up. And that’s why I really loved this book so much! I liked how Rachel Ferguson depicted the Carne sisters and I loved the fact that they have such a special relationship. They care deeply for one another, protect and help each other whenever there is a problem; there’s just such a deep affection between the sisters and they have such a strong bond, which I really admire.

However, the Carne sisters are not the only likeable characters. The book is full of intelligent, amusing and engaging characters. Toddy, his wife Lady Mildred and Deirdre’s mother are just a few of them and you will long to find out more about them with every page you read. While reading The Brontes Went to Woolworths, you will find yourself transported to a London full of creative people who are smart, eccentric and hilarious and you will want to read on forever as you will delight in exploring a different time and place.

Although this book is very amusing, it is sad at the same time, at least that’s what I found. As the story evolves, you will ask yourself why these girls feel the need to make up stories and pretend to know people they have actually never met. Furthermore, you will learn how imagination can help people cope with various things and how it can make such a difference in somebody’s life.

Set in London during the 1930s, The Brontes Went to Woolworths captures a time that is long forgotten and an atmosphere full of charm and warmth. The reason why I love to read books that are written in the past is because they portray a different time, where people behaved in another way and where people had a different view on life.

I loved everything about this wonderful book –its eccentric and clever characters, the dated language, the setting and especially all those funny made-up stories! I highly recommend this book to everyone out there who is interested in Interwar Literature and to everyone who likes to read books set in the past.

‘The Brontes Went to Woolworths is part of THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP, a new library of books from the early twentieth century chosen by readers for readers.’ For more information, please visit Bloomsbury Publishing

Other reviews:

Things Mean A Lot

Serendipity

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

Andreea

The 1930s Mini – Challenge

When I heard about Nymeth’s 1930s Mini – Challenge, I didn’t know if I could take part, since I didn’t have any books to read for this reading challenge. However, I really wanted to join, since I love books that are set between the wars. I don’t really know when it all started; I just know that I love to read about this specific period, especially when these books are set in England. There’s just something so special about the 1930s (and about Interwar Literature in general) and I find it fascinating to learn more about these years. I have already read a couple of books that are set between the wars and I must say that I really loved them all. High Rising by Angela Thirkell, Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson and The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim are just a few of them and they are such wonderful, entertaining and lovely books!

That’s why I wanted to read more interwar books and luckily, I finally can, because I received some great books yesterday. Peter Miller from Bloomsbury Publishing has kindly sent me some books that are set between the 1920s and 1950s and I can’t wait to read them all! I wasn’t really expecting to receive so many books and I am really grateful for that! Unfortunately, only one of these books is actually set in the 1930s, thus I can only read that one for Nymeth’s reading challenge. However, I will enjoy reading them all, as they are set in the early 20th century and I love every book that is set in the past. And I think I will also be able to read a Persephone book for this challenge as well, namely, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson.

But now let’s have a look at the Bloomsbury books:

 

Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D.E. Stevenson (the author of Miss Buncle’s Book)

Love’s Shadow by Ada Leverson

A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz

Henrietta’s War by Joyce Dennys

Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker

The Brontes Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson (which I actually read but not reviewed yet)

Daphne by Justine Picardie (a literary mystery about Daphne du Maurier and the Bronte siblings – I have wanted to read this one since I discovered it last year)

So what about you? Have you read any of these books? (I know Nymeth has)! Also, are you going to join? If you want to learn more about this reading challenge, please click here.