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Mrs. Tim of the Regiment: A Novel (The Bloomsbury Group) Paperback – April 13, 2010
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Dorothy Emily Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on the 18th, November 1892. She is usually referred to as D. E. Stevenson and during her lifetime she wrote over 40 novels, which were published on both sides of the Atlantic. She married Captain James Reid Peploe in 1916 and had four children. Her first book Peter West was published in 1923 but she did not really start to become a novelist until 1932 with the publication of her first 'Mrs. Tim' book. Dorothy Emily Stevenson died the 30th of December 1973 at the age of 81 and was buried in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland where she lived for many years.
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Summary: Mrs. Tim is the wife of Captain Tim, they have two children a boy and a girl and live with the Regiment in England. Mrs. Tim writes in her diary from the period of January to June detailing the daily life she lives paying particular attention to the eccentric characters surrounding her and the humorous events that can happen in simple village life. Then Mrs. Tim's life is unsettled as the Captain is transferred to a posting in Scotland to work away from the Regiment and Mrs. Tim finds herself living within a civilian community in a new country where she must start all over again (as is the way in army life) meeting new people and learning new ways.
Comments: This book is a treasure! I've read five of the six books in this publisher's series to date and this is by far my absolute favourite! The book was written in 1932, the time period of the story is never given and it is easy to assume the book is to be read as contemporary. Mrs. Tim is a wonderful character in her early thirties, friendly, caring, happy to get into innocent mischief and wonderful at bantering between the sexes with her husband. Captain Tim, himself, doesn't play a large part in the book. He is there often enough to be a fully defined character but he's off to work each day leaving Hester time to get up to her escapades or be caught up in someone else's.
Not too far into the book the move to Scotland is made and this is where the main plot of the story takes place. Hester meets all sorts of eccentric characters who are not too keen on befriending service people.Read more ›
Mrs. Tim was based on the diary that DE Stevenson kept; she was herself an army wife, and when she showed her diary to a friend, the friend suggested that she spruce things up and publish it. Therefore, Hester's "voice" is very much like what DE Stevenson was like--her wit sparkles, and her characters jump off the page (even the family car has a name and personality!). As Hester says, her sense of humor is "obstreperous,"--but obstreperous in a good way! Although written 70 years ago, the novel reads as though written just yesterday--it's that fresh and relevant even today. In some ways, Hester's diary reminds me of Bridget Jones's Diary, if Bridget had been a 1920s military wife...
The novel focuses on the daily, trivial things, but the climax of the book (if you can call in that} happens in June, when Hester takes Betty to the Highlands. There's almost a magical feel to the book as Hester both intentionally and unintentionally tries to fix things. Add in the legend of two long-dead lovers and a family feud (a la Romeo and Juliet), and you've got the makings of a memorable holiday. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is the first in a quartet, though the other three books are sadly out of print and ridiculously expensive to buy online. I hope Bloomsbury will get around to reprinting them soon, because Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is a wholly enjoyable book.
Mrs. Tim is a delightful woman, facing the challenges of the time on the pittance of salary her British Army officer/husband earned, adoring him and her children and beloved by the entire regiment and their wives (at lease most of their wives!). Tim seems to be an ADHD man, but she remains calm during his rants, which are funny themselves. Still, I think she enjoys the attention of Tony, her husband's fellow officer, although she never acknowedges this, even to herself.
Having been a career U. S. military wife myself, I can sympathize with the sadness of leaving friends, and the adjustments to the new life she feels. The descriptions of the Scottish neighbors she meets make such a picture that you must smile while reading them.
If you are looking for something different from modern fiction, give this little book a try.
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I did read the entire book, so two stars rather than one. The Mrs. Tim of the first half of the book charmed me and I kept looking for her in the second half, to no avail. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Music Lover from Wisconsin
The first half is a bit boring - daily journal entries about grocery shopping, packing up the house to move, house hunting and meeting new people. Ho hum. Read morePublished 6 months ago by amtmcm
I hav enjoyed all of D. E. Stevenson’s books that I have read. She is very good in describing what is going on in her books so that you can picture the situations in your mind... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carrie C. Adkins
Great author. I have a hard time putting the book down - not from suspense, but just good writing. Good moral values!!Published 7 months ago by J.L.
A splendid period piece about England in the 1920's -30's. Really gives insight into the life of an upperclass but somewhat impoverished army officer's wife. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elizabeth W. Schmid
D.E. Stevenson is now my new favorite escape. Her books are light but sincere. Her descriptions of people kind but honest.Published 9 months ago by harringtonhound
The sweet, engaging story of a military wife in Great Britain after WWI. I hated for it to end and was disappointed that I could not get the sequels on my Kindle.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wish all DE Stevenson's books were still available. Many of them I have been able to get from interlibrary loans but some have completely disappeared. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Helene Grosse Pointe
A book that transports the reader to another time, place, and mindset unlike anything we know today. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C.B. Pratt