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Product Details

  • Series: Bloomsbury Group
  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The writer’s unflagging humour, her shrewd, worldly wisdom, and her extremely realistic pictures of garrison life make it all good reading.”—Times Literary Supplement (UK)

About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

A perfect book for a rainy weekend.
Taylor Marshell
It is so easy to just keep reading one more entry until the next thing you know time has slipped away from you.
Nicola Mansfield
I only wish all of D. E. Stephenson's books were available.
Paulette C. Nuttle

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: I have been reading all the Bloomsbury Group series of books.

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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
Format: Library Binding
This book will take you to another world of small town life, simple pleasures and basically good people. Mrs. Tim (Hester) is an extremely likeable character who truly loves her husband and two children. When do you actually get to read an entire book about a successful marriage and happy family life! This story deals with the every day happenings that we all have to live with. If you like the idea of going to a more innocent world to escape from the pressures of today, pick up this series. This is the first of four books, all very wonderful!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Bell VINE VOICE on July 12, 2010
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Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is a novel about the adventures of Hester Christie, army wife and mother. The book covers a period of six months, starting with the family's move to Scotland (and all the headaches that that entails) and culminating with a fortnight in the Highlands, during which time Hester plays fairy godmother to a number of couples.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
Format: Library Binding
The book about Mrs.Tim is still fun and reads like a contemporary diary even 60 some years after its original publication in Great Britain. Its almost comforting to know that even though times change, people do not. I discovered this book when I was a teenager and still enjoy Mrs. Tim's (actually D.E. Stevenson's) wit and wisdom today
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tipper22 on November 14, 2010
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I had read and re-read the Mrs. Tim books at the library years ago and loved them. Her stories are told with an innocence and humor that is sadly lacking in today's fiction. However, the library did not have the first book in the series, so this was a special treat for me. I have loved every D.E. Stevenson book that I have ever read, and wish I could get them all on my Kindle. I am happy to see some of the books from that period being re-published. When life gets a bit too much for me, I can turn to her or Miss Read to escape.

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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