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The Bells of Burracombe (Burracombe Village #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  93 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The beginning of the beloved village series from Sunday Times bestselling author Lilian Harry.

When Stella Simmons comes to the Devonshire village of Burracombe to start her teaching career, she is alone in the world. Orphaned as child and brought up in a children's home, she was separated from her sister Muriel and has never been able to trace her.

Stella is soon caught up
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Orion (first published January 1st 2006)
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Elizabeth Ducie
Sep 13, 2015 Elizabeth Ducie rated it liked it
This is a wonderful recreation of another time, more than 60 years ago. WWII has been over for 6 years and Britain is starting to recover from the after-effects. The Great Exhibition is taking place in London, and the Devon village of Burracombe decides to make its own contribution to the nation's celebrations.

In the first of the Burracombe novels, we are introduced to a wide range of characters that will no doubt feature in the books to come. And the geography of West Devon is as much a part of
Dec 28, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing
Warm, easy to read. Liked the main character and the others she meets. Good historical references to the Festival of Britain. Interesting bits about the changing society just after the war.

For example one woman wants to expand her life, having had responsibility during the war. But on returning home her father expects her to keep house and look after him. Her brother should inherit the estate, but has no interest in doing so. The older brother, who had always expected to inherit, dies in the wa
Sep 01, 2014 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Loved it! Wonderful stories about Britain's post-war years, and that enduring spirit of resilience and "pulling together" that makes it such an admirable nation.
Definitely a must for Anglophiles...
Dec 07, 2015 Tarquilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good a read and full of historical facts as all of her books. This is one of the Devon/Dartmoor based books which really show her love of the moor.
Aug 19, 2014 Fi rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, & look forward to reading more of the same
Rather reminded me of Miss Read's books
Stacey Campbell
Dec 30, 2012 Stacey Campbell rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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Squinekat Beacher
Jul 31, 2014 Squinekat Beacher rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this book looking forward to reading the series .
Jan 06, 2015 Terena rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is the first book in Lilian Harry's series about the villagers of Burracombe, an idyllic village in Devon, set in the 1950s. Stella Simmons who first appeared in the April Grove series set in Portsmouth as a girl, who along with her sister Muriel, lost both parents in the war, has now qualified as a school teacher and gets a job at the school in Burracombe village. This is a lovely gentle story about all the villagers, and a good piece of escapism to simpler times.
Marion Granigan
Jan 09, 2015 Marion Granigan rated it it was ok
Shelves: crap
Didn't finish it. This was touted as a novel in the Miss Read tradition, but it falls far short. The characters are underdeveloped, the pace is glacial; I have too many good books in the wings to waste my time.
Apr 13, 2009 Susanna rated it it was ok
A pleasant and undemanding story, like reading a short story in a traditional women's magazine - but it lasts for a whole book! Nothing nasty or complicated, happy ending guaranteed. Very good when you're in the mood for that sort of a read.
Juliana Graham
Jul 30, 2011 Juliana Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this on talking book in the car - a pleasant enough story, I'll definitely read the next ones but quite light and fluffy!
Lian Tanner
Dec 31, 2012 Lian Tanner rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
The cosiest of cosies, but well-written and a good read, with an authentic sense of the fifties and the post-war period.
May 16, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A bit slow but pleasant read. Did skim through the last few pages though as it had to be back at the library!
Apr 15, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-new
Great series of stories. Good light read.
Book 1 in a series.
Nov 01, 2011 Helena rated it really liked it
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I will look for more of these delightful stories!
Kerry Deacon
Mar 16, 2013 Kerry Deacon rated it it was amazing
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really enjoyed this book.
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aka Donna Baker, Nicola West

Donna Thomson was born in Gosport, near Portsmouth Harbour, England, UK. Growing up during the terrifying years of the Blitz in a two-up, two-down terraced house, the youngest of four, she aspired to be a writer from an early age.

As a young woman she worked in the Civil Service and moved to Devon to be near her sailor husband. They had a son and a daughter. When the mar
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Burracombe Village (9 books)
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  • Springtime in Burracombe
  • An Heir for Burracombe
  • Secrets in Burracombe
  • Snowfall in Burracombe
  • Weddings in Burracombe
  • Celebrations in Burracombe

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