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Miss Buncle's Book Paperback – September 1, 2012
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"Miss Buncle's Book was a charming and funny book with a unique plot. Lot of shenanigans ensue that will crack you up." - Christy's Books
"Delightful, charming, warm, cosy those are the type of words I would use to describe Miss Buncle's Book. " - She Reads Novels
" It is a sweet story that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys light, cozy reads." - The Book Garden
"So thank heavens for Miss's Buncle Book: a darling little tome that pulled me gently out a literary funk called what is the world coming to and reminded me that once upon a time authors like D.E.Stevenson created stories designed to cheer our socks off, merrily leaving our knickers intact and thrilling us with the merest of chaste kisses between the middle-aged lonely hearts of a village called Silverstream." - Brocante Home
"Recommended as a cosy, comfortable and old-fashioned read." - Good Reading Guide
"I smiled, I giggled, I laughed out loud, I tsk'd tsk'd at some of the characters' antics but most of all I loved the book! I can't wait to read another" - Pudgy Penguin Perusals
"People who enjoy the humor of The Help by Kathryn Stockett or those who enjoy a look at a small town community, such as that in the much older Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, may also enjoy this book." - Rebecca Reads
" This vintage book, which was written in the 1930's, is an absolute charmer, like its main character." - book addiction
"I highly recommend this for readers of sweet romances. But I also recommend it for those who would like a change of pace, are looking for something light and amusing, or find appealing the promise of a book that has the charm of vintage photographs and the comfort of a hug." - Just Janga
"This was my first story by D.E. Stevenson and I wasn't disappointed. This story goes to show that real life can be mirrored from a story and become art." - Luxury Reading
"Miss Buncle's Book is total escapism. Sometimes that's just what you're looking for." - Alex In Leeds
"Miss Buncle's Book is a light-hearted, very English cosy type of story with a lovely old-fashioned feel to it ..... just right for those times you need to take a break from serious reading or want only to put your feet up with a cup of tea and relax." - Tell Me a Story
"If you like "Miss Pettigrew" or gentle books about bygone times which were actually written in those times and which take their time to set up the action, then this might be for you. Watch as Barbara Buncle blossoms and finds within herself the strength that's always been there, just waiting for its chance. RECOMMENDED READ " - Dear Author
"If you want to read a cute/funny, charmingly delightful book, pick up Miss Buncle's Book and devote an afternoon to reading. You will finish this book in that afternoon!" - Book Lovers Paradise
"Thoroughly pleasant" - Shelf Love
"Pour your tea and settle in because, from the opening pages, you'll be drawn into this small village, set somewhere in England, sometime between the wars. You'll probably stay the night. You'll definitely want a sweater. Because this book is hard to put down-and, despite what Miss Buncle may say, it is truly, truly imaginative." - History Undressed
About the Author
D.E. Stevenson (1892-1973) had an enormously successful writing career; between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the United States.
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Miss Buncle's book is the first of a series of 3 - Miss Buncle's Book, Miss Buncle Married - further adventures of the noted authoress, and the Two Mrs. Abbotts. Contrary to what a couple of reviewers have written, the book is set in PRE World War 2 England during the late 1920s /early 1930s. [It was first published in London in 1931]. Book 3 is set during WWII.
Miss Buncle's book is a book about a woman who wrote a book about a woman who wrote a book. As Miss Buncle admits to her publisher, she can only write about people she knows because she has no imagination. So, naturally she drew her characters from her fellow villagers. Of course, she never expected her book to be a runaway best seller, or any of her neighbors to read it.
What happens when the villager's attempt to discover the identify of "John Smith", and how Disturber of Peace impacts Barbara's life, makes for delightfull reading.
Yes, indeed, Miss Buncle has written the book herself, basing the characters on the real people she knows in her village of Silverstream. She "had got into the habit of watching people and listening to them", as they innocently continued to "produce copy" for her book. After meeting Miss Buncle, Mr. Abbott is pleased to publish the book under the pseudonym.
You can see where this is going. Though the name of the village has been changed to Copperfield and the names of its inhabitants likewise altered, when the book comes out EVERYBODY recognizes themselves, except that they are sure that the book is most unfair and egregiously uncomplimentary.
The interactions and machinations, especially as the villagers attempt to figure out who really is John Smith, make for some nice gentle reading, and humorous, too, because the naive Miss Buncle never imagined the problems. There is interesting psychology shown and some lovely portraits painted for your mind's eye. "Miss Buncle's Book" was originally published in 1934, and though it shows some of the emancipation brought about by the Great War, this is definitely a novel of a different time.
It was better than "okay" for me, 3.8 stars rounded up to 4.