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Sunlight On The Lawn (Beverley Nichols Trilogy Book 3) Hardcover – Illustrated, February 1, 1999
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“Delightful. . . . best read on a sunny day while lounging in your own garden hammock.” —Buffalo Spree
“The Nichols books are gardening classics; after reading one volume, you will want to read the others, so it would be best to buy all three at the outset.” —Journal of the New England Garden History Society
“I can think of no better book to start the new century than one that reflects the best of the old in such gracious, entertaining style.” —Hull Daily Mail
“First published in 1956. . . . it still holds great charm.” —Choice
“In his entertaining and inimitable manner, Beverly Nichols wraps up his trilogy on the renovation of Merry Hall and its garden.” —American Rhododendron Society Journal
“Garden vicariously with Mr. Nichols and expect to be captivated.” —American Rhododendron Society Journal
“This trilogy is consistently delightful, gentle, witty, and charming. Reading these books is like having your back scratched by your best friend. . . . it’s all so pleasant, you wish it will never end.” —Iowa Source
“The charm of Merry Hall, Laughter on the Stairs (mostly about the house) and Sunlight on the Lawn is undeniable, a mixture of the lyrical, the teasing, the understatedly witty and the self-mockingly camp.” —Daily Telegraph
This is the final volume in the delightful Merry Hall trilogy, the author's account of the renovation of his run-down Georgian mansion & garden.
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It is a mistake to read the foreword first - it casts an elegiac tone over the rest of the book. Save it for the end. Also putting a bit of a damper on things is the fact that we realize in this book that Our Beverley is something of a coward - he touches so lightly on the death of one of the characters (real people - this is memoir, not fiction) that the reader is left gasping, and spends the rest of the book wondering if he has mis-read. For these reasons I have knocked one star off of my rating for this book.
Having said that, if you have already read and enjoyed the first two volumes, you will be eager to spend more time in the company of this author, and see what his friends and neighbors are getting up to. Mr. Nichols is a keen observer of people, and with his deliciously dry wit (and unsparing of himself) he turns everyday situations and relationships into real entertainment.
Highlights of the book include the escalating but ever "civil" fued between Our Rose and Miss Emily, and how Bob helps extricate Miss Mint from a very sticky situation involving the tenants from hell.
I'm off to order more books by Mr. Nichols!