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I've liked all the Gwendoline Courtney books I've read so far (many thanks to Audrey for lending them to me). However, I have to admit that this has been my least favourite. I think it's just that it's a book that chronicles everyday happenings without any huge rise in crescendo as we get towards the end. That's okay, and it was still a pleasant book, but all the same I found it less captivating than the others for that reason.
The Girl's of Friar's Rise is another domestic story about six sisters who refurbish a delapidated cottage. If you like lots of peaceful detail about painting woodwork and weeding (which I do!) this will be a soothing comfort read. It's not quite up the standard of Sally's Family, by the same author, which is the Best Domestic Comfort Read ever, perhaps because there is no romance, and perhaps because the six sisters are all (perforce) girls, so there's less variety. But still, nicely soothing.
Born near Southampton in 1911, Gwendoline Courtney was the daughter of antiques dealer Edwin Courtney, and his wife Joanna. She was distantly related to author and educator Arthur Mee, and first cousins with Phyllis Norris, who wrote a number of books for girls. The family moved to Wallasey when Courtney was young, and she was educated at Oldershaw High School. She worked for a time in her father’ ...moreMore about Gwendoline Courtney...