A new book received with a bit of 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".; DES said in a letter that this was her favourite book and that she felt she was most like the main character, Caroline Dering. This is the first book in the Dering trilogy. "Caroline opened the door and saw Mr. Shepperton standing on the step. "Oh, it's you!" she exclaimed in surprise."Did you--were you expecting someone else?" he asked."Only the Queen," replied Caroline, chuckling. "Don't mind me," she added. "I often go slightly mad."
Caroline Dering, a widow with three grown children, lives a cheerful, quiet life near the idyllic English village of Ashbridge. But things are about to liven up, as daughter Leda announces a problematic engagement to the son of the local squire, son James returns from service and pursues romance with the squire's independent daughter, and sister Harriet, a famous actress who latest play has bombed, retreats to Ashbridge for a break. Then there's Robert Shepperton, a charming widower recovering from the losses of war at the local inn . . .
These problems, as well as smaller challenges with an overbearing village organizer, the blustering Sir Michael, and Caroline's daily help ("who rejoices in the name of Comfort Podbury"), are resolved with all of D.E. Stevenson's flair for gentle humour, clever plotting, and characters who walk right off the page."; This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Cover matches stock image.