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Miss Buncle Married by D. E. Stevenson

Miss Buncle Married (1936)

by D. E. Stevenson

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Series: Miss Buncle (2)

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Miss Buncle/Mrs. Abbott is still charming in this second book and I enjoyed the English humor but it rambled a bit and wasn't as crisp as the first in the series, hence 3 stars. I still recommend it, though! ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson; Persephone, (#91); (4*)

This book is a follow up novel by Stevenson to her Miss Buncle. I enjoyed the second nearly as much as the first.
In this second of the series, Barbara Buncle has wed one solicitor, Arthur Abbott and thusly has become Mrs. Abbott. He has agreed to let her find a new home in the country and though it takes her much time to do so, she finally finds what to her is a desirable village house. Mr. Abbott looks at the house and sees a money pit but whatever his darling Mrs. Abbott wants he will furnish for her. She oversees all of the updating and upgrading of the home and furnishes it beautifully.
While walking in the gardens she comes upon two young children playing in the creek and upon it's banks. They get to chatting and tell her that they live just beyond the wood and they are worried that the new owners of the Archway House will not allow them to play in the wood and gardens but Mrs. Abbott assures that they are most welcome to play there as they have always done.
This second novel is just as fun filled as the first with many a surprising turn of events occurring. The joy of a life in a small village shines through the pages. These comfy, cosy novels remind me so of a mix of Angela Thirkell and Barbara Pym's books with just a touch of Elizabeth Taylor thrown in.
I highly recommend D.E. Stevenson's books. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Feb 2, 2019 |
D.E. Stevenson continues the story of Miss Buncle in Miss Buncle Married. In the foreword she writes that this sequel took much more planning and was more difficult to write than its predecessor, Miss Buncle's Book, but that she feels it is superior to that title. I'm not sure any comparison is needed; they are both highly enjoyable stories that are oddly hard to put down.

In this tale, Miss Barbara Buncle has married her publisher Mr. Abbott and they are settling into their happy married life together. To escape the endless rounds of boring parties and bridge amongst their friends, they move to the country and become involved in the village life there. By a laughable mistake at the lawyers' office, Barbara is mistaken for a local noblewoman and is given a draft of that lady's new will to read. The knowledge she gains suddenly matters later when the to-be heiress and the Abbotts' nephew become romantically involved.

I won't give anything else away, but be warned that an Elizabethan fancy dress ball costume comes into play. And trousers are stolen. And Barbara writes another novel! I do think I prefer the first one by half a star, but this was a fun sequel and I can't wait for my next Stevenson title! ( )
2 vote atimco | Jul 8, 2018 |
Perhaps not quite as good as the first book but Barbara Buncle, now Mrs. Abbott, still manages to see into the hearts of her new neighbors. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 21, 2018 |
Readers first met authoress Barbara Buncle in Miss Buncle's Book, in which she wrote thinly disguised novels about her neighbors in Silverstream under the pen name “John Smith.” In this sequel, Barbara has married her publisher, Arthur Abbott. The newlyweds move to the village of Wandlebury where their new neighbors prove to be just as eccentric as the inhabitants of Silverstream. A case of mistaken identity and Barbara's attempts to play matchmaker for Arthur's nephew, Sam, provide laugh-out-loud moments. The village setting and family conflict could have come from an Agatha Christie novel. The difference is the tone. Agatha Christie's village would have a sinister undertone. D. E. Stevenson's village is filled with warmth and humor. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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A Marriage and a Sudden Move to a New Town Won't Slow This Mischievous Writer Down!

Barbara Buncle: bestselling novelist, new wife...new neighbor?

In this charming follow-up to Miss Buncle's Book, the intrepid writer moves to a new town filled with fascinating folks...who don't even know they might become the subjects of her next bestselling book.

Miss Buncle may have settled down, but she has already discovered that married life can't do a thing to prevent her from getting into humorous mix-ups and hilarious hijinks.
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After getting married, Barbara Buncle has moved to a new town filled with interesting people who might just inspire her next book.

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