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A Double Affair (Barsetshire #26)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A Double Affair opens with the wedding of Vicar Choyce to family retainer Miss Dorothea ('Merry') Merriman. It closes with the double weddings of George Halliday and John Crosse to Jane and Grace Crawley, of suitable age, having suddenly made their appearance. Fortunately the young men promptly and obligingly fall in love. Along the way, the problem of Mrs Halliday, the ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Moyer Bell (first published 1957)
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Kris Larson
Thirkell kind of outdid herself with the double affair referenced in the title. "Hey, new ladies, want to have dinner with my friend and me? Awesome. Hey, dinner was great, wasn't itLET'SGETMARRIED LET'SGETMARRIEDRIGHTNOW." Sometimes I wonder what Thirkell thought marriage IS, exactly.

Obviously one does not come to Barsetshire for realism, especially in marriage, but I was hoping for something more substantial for these men, both of whom I'd gotten quite fond of. Oh well, at least they're happy
Nov 02, 2015 Jocelyn rated it liked it
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Oh, no! There are three eligible bachelors in Barsetshire but only one young unmarried woman. Angela Thirkell will have to hurry up and invent two suitable young women. Hence the double affair. That still leaves us with one unattached young man and one still-unmarried woman. What to do? Marry them off? Or complicate the situation with another young man?
Sep 06, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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Angela Thirkell will always be one of my favorite authors, I love the mild humor, the lovable characters, and the (mostly) happy endings.
Dec 28, 2015 Priscilla rated it liked it
I've missed you, Angela. Returning to Barsetshire was like coming home. Not her best, but entirely enjoyable.
hardbound,1957....Merry & Mr. Choyce, George, Mr. Crosse--3 weddings, not 2. Edith still alone at end.
Aug 09, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3½ stars.
May 06, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it
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A double affair it is indeed, and three weddings!
Jun 07, 2010 Cera rated it liked it
Still terribly written, still very satisfying.
Jul 28, 2014 Knitme23 rated it it was ok
As I mentioned in my Never Too Late review, I read this after NTL, and I think I'd over-dosed on the less-energetic Thirkell genre by then: this one felt overwritten and repetitive as a whole, although it does have some nice parts and is, after all, escapist Anglophilic Thirkell, regardless! It "forwards the story" but it's not her best.
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Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London. Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne-Jones the pre-Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows - seven of which are in St Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex. Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a ...more
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