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The Bells of Burracombe (Burracombe Village #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 Good historical references to the Festival of Britain.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
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...
I really enjoyed this book, & look forward to reading more of the same
Rather reminded me of Miss Read's books
Stacey Campbell
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Squinekat Beacher
Enjoyed reading this book looking forward to reading the series .
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
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.
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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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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