The Bells of Burracombe
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The Bells of Burracombe (Burracombe Village #1)

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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 in the life of the village, and especially in the plans for celebrating the Festival of Brita...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Orion Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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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 Good historical references to the Festival of Britain.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...more
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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
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
The cosiest of cosies, but well-written and a good read, with an authentic sense of the fifties and the post-war period.
A bit slow but pleasant read. Did skim through the last few pages though as it had to be back at the library!
Great series of stories. Good light read.
Book 1 in a series.
I will look for more of these delightful stories!
Kerry Deacon
really enjoyed this book.
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