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A sweet little story about a girl and the summer that shaped her life. There's a gentle ghost, and a gentle love affair, and a gentle aunt. Well, you get the picture. A lot of the plots (and even the names) that Arthur would revisit more successfully in later works are in evidence here. If this had been the only book Arthur ever wrote, I would have loved it fiercely. As it is, it's more of a curiosity, something to read if you're a Ruth M. Arthur completist, but certainly not her best.
A sweet story set in the English countryside about a young girl's trans formative summer. I think it could still be read and appreciated by a younger audience, even though it doesn't have any "edge" or push any boundaries. There is a supernatural element--a ghost--in the plot, and I'm very torn about it. In some ways it felt unnecessary, but in other ways it played a symbolic role. The use of the symbolism left me dissatisfied with the ending.
I loved this book as a teen. I think the reason is that it begins with an adult returning to purchase a home remembered from her past. It continues to reminisce about the summer she spent there as a child. In my youth I fantasized about how things would be when I grew up. It often looked like this woman's life with a cozy cottage in the country. It is a good story with a gentle ghost and a wonderful cozy atmosphere.
Working name of UK writer Ruth Mabel Arthur Huggins, long active as a children's author, her career beginning with Friendly Stories (collection, 1932). Most of her early work, like the Brownie sequence -- The Crooked Brownie (1936), The Crooked Brownie in Town (1942) and The Crooked Brownie at the Seaside (1942) is for younger children, but with Dragon Summer (1962) and A Candle in her Room (1966) ...moreMore about Ruth M. Arthur...