A new copy received with faint edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a very short article by DES originally published in a US book club pamphlet about how she came to write "Music in the Hills".; The second novel in the Dering trilogy set in the "lovely Scottish Borderland". The first is 'Vittoria Cottage' and the third is 'Shoulder the Sky' (US) or 'Winter in Rough Weather' (UK). It was one of the author's favourites according to a letter DES wrote to an American reader in 1967.
; ""I like Mureth," declared Lady Shaw. "There's something about Mureth.""It does things to people," Mamie agreed.Lady Shaw considered this. It sounded silly, but was it really silly. People said that Mamie Johnstone was a fool, and it was true that sometimes she said things that sounded foolish ... but the things she did were wise.
Mamie Johnstone, sister of Caroline Dering whom we met in Vittoria Cottage, and her husband Jock are popular figures in the village of Mureth, not far from the town of Drumburly in the Scottish Borders. Jock and Mamie have no children to inherit their farm, so they have adopted Caroline's son James. But James arrives at Mureth a bit shell-shocked from having proposed to Rhoda Ware, a successful London artist he has loved for years, and being refused. James buries himself in farming with Jock, and takes comfort in the company of Holly Douglas, a niece of the local gentry.
Fortunately for all involved, there is Mamie to do wise things and ensure that all is put right in the end!" Cover matches stock image.
Fiction, British Woman Author, Scotland, Border Country, Novel