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The Two Mrs. Abbotts (Miss Buncle #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  533 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Mrs Abbott is flustered at the thought of putting up a lady from the Red Cross, but is happily surprised when she turns out to be an old friend from her previous life as Miss Buncle, infamous writer.

Of course, she's now far too busy with her children to write, not to mention helping out in the lives of the villagers. And with a possible spy in their midst, evacuated famili
Hardcover, Large Print, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Ulverscroft (first published 1943)
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When I finished reading Miss Buncle Married – I felt I wanted to read the next book – The Two Mrs Abbotts right away. I found out that Persephone are probably publishing it at some point but I wasn’t sure I could wait. A quick look online revealed old copies fetching rather high prices – I know D E Stevenson books can be quite sort after these days. So I did a quick search on the Birmingham Library Catalogue – there was one book – I requested it. That was back in February – and I had almost forg ...more
This is the third book about Barbara Buncle. I love this series and reread it every year. Unfortunately D.E. Stevenson is disappearing from library shelves. Her writing is wonderful with humor and real understanding of human nature when influenced by a society of morality and ethics. I miss this foundation in current literature.

Barbara is a woman with many self-doubts who has learned how to put on a competent social facade. She tries to influence her family and friends, with humorous results.
Oct 18, 2014 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series, npl
Shelves: britmania, humoresque
Stevenson's books are like a cleansing breath in the midst of a chaotic world. They are charming and poignant yet full of humor and wise observations of human nature. And throughout there is a sense of calm and quiet.

This story is set during WWII. Life in the country goes on with some adjustments to the war effort. The focus shifts between Barbara Buncle's (now firmly Mrs. Abbott) home and her niece-by-marriage Jerry Abbot. Jerry's husband is serving in Egypt and her household has been opened to
What can I say? I simply adore Barbara Buncle/Abbott. My only complaint about this book would be that there was not enough of Barbara featured in the novel. Thankfully the other characters were just as fun and charming to read about as Barbara herself.
From the opening page I found myself smiling and laughing and enjoying this book as much as I did the first Miss Buncle book. The lighthearted tone, charm and humor were all present and accounted for.
This 3rd and final book in the Miss Buncle serie
3 1/2 stars

Long on charm, short on plot.
Barbara Buncle – the main character in ‘Miss Buncle’s Book’ and ‘Miss Buncle Married’ – now has two children. It is World War II and everyone is struggling with rationing and trying to make ends meet. Barbara’s old friend from Silverstream days – Sarah Walker, the doctor’s wife – is visiting to give a talk on behalf of the Red Cross. The two friends take up their friendship where they left off and Sarah rapidly becomes part of the local community for the length of her visit.

Barbara is now Barbar
I love all DE Stevenson and this is one of the better ones. Not as delightful as Miss Buncle's Book but better than Miss Buncle Married.
Mar 09, 2015 Claude rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: cozy, mb
It was good to learn about what had happened to the two Mrs Abbotts. I wish more of D.E. Stevenson's novels were available. I only gave it 4 stars maybe because I felt that the characters spent their time having tea and lunch, which was weird since the novel takes place during WWII.
Still, it was a very pleasant read. I saw somewhere that D. E. Stevensons novels were in the categorized as "light romance", but they seem to me to belong to the "cozy" category, sans mystery of course
I've been reading a lot of "cozy" books lately: they are the literary equivalent to comfort food when one has a head cold. I've been alternating between D.E. Stevenson and Elizabeth Goudge. Both depict children well: funny, charming, imaginative, ornery.

I collect (in my head) favorite proposal scenes. Barbara Pym has a rich one. After reading this book I have one to add to my collection: "He read it [a newspaper article—too complicated to say why] carefully—and then he looked at Jane. There was
What a find this author has been! This is the third book in the Miss Buncle series. Time has passed and WW II is upon England. As usual, D E Stevenson gives us gentle glimpses of small village life with a keen eye for human nature and a sly sense of humor.

The plots of the first two Miss Buncle books merged in this final installment of the series. It was pleasant to revisit the characters and locations of the first books, but the general tone of this volume was different. This book was originally published in 1943 and because of the war there is a somberness that was not in the preceding books. Although not nearly as charming as the first or even the second book, it was still fun to finish up with the characters in Miss Buncle's world, and there w ...more
Meraviglioso terzo capitolo dedicato a Barbara Buncle, ora Barbara Abbott. La seconda signora Abbott è la nipote del marito, ora sposata anche se il marito è al fronte (il libro è infatti ambientato durante la seconda guerra mondiale) e con la casa invasa da un battaglione dell'esercito.

Nonostante la guerra sullo sfondo (e tutta una serie di episodi legati ad essa) il romanzo riesce ad essere sempre leggero e piacevole. All'inizio del romanzo Barbara scopre che la donna che deve ospitare (una pe
D.E. Stevenson brings us the conclusion to the Barbara Buncle series, honestly I feel as if I am losing a dear friend. Barbara of course always completely charming and the colorful secondary players were equally appreciated, the entire series was absolutely delightful and amusing.

In The Two Mrs Abbott's Barbara's presence is shadowed by new and returning characters. In the midst of WWII Barbara and her husband now have two children but yet she still finds time to matchmake in her own Barbara

Barbara Abbott nee Buncle is back in this third volume. World War II is raging but Wandlebury hasn't changed much. The young men are off to war, except for Archie Chevis-Cobbe who is running a farm single-handedly. Barbara has settled into domestic life with Arthur, their two young children and of course, Dorcas. Barbara is still as honest and trusting as ever, making everyone want to confide in her. Her latest, and most unwanted, confidant is Lancreste Marvell. Barbara dislikes the Marvells and
Maybe not quite as strong as the first two in the Miss Buncle series, but still lots of fun. This one felt a little more episodic with a "Wait, who is Stevenson focusing on?" kind of feeling. The class snobbery was also more overt with this one. But I loved the details on WWII rations cooking. Markie's triumph made me laugh out loud, and the final scene made me cheer.
Sonia Gensler
Could not put this one down. Such a pleasure! (Though I did wonder at the total rehabilitation of Archie Chevis Cobbe since MISS BUNCLE MARRIED. I mean, I can understand that becoming a gentleman farmer might change him, but no one seems to remember what an ass he was in the previous book.)
Gabi Coatsworth
Not as good as the first two books in the series, but this one is iteresting because it's set during World War 2 and gives a portrait of life on the home front, without making it all about the war. A good book for passing the time, but not an essential read.
Kilian Metcalf
I wouldn't want to live in Wandlebury. As a foreigner, an American, I'd be an object of curiosity and endless speculation. But, oh, how I'd love to visit as a guest perhaps of Barbara or Jerry Abbott, the two Mrs Abbotts in the title. I would be cosseted and cherished and indulged. We would have wonderful fireside chats over tea and take long walks across the fields. There would be visiting American airmen for company and simple country goodness. It would be challenges, of course. There is a war ...more
The Two Mrs. Abbotts is the third book in the Miss Buncle Series. It re-visits several favorite characters and presents a few new ones. Jerry Abbott, who was introduced in Book Two is the main character and Barbara Buncle (from Book One) pops in occasionally.

The story takes place in 1942. Jerry's husband, Sam, is off to war and she and her friends are doing the best they can with the food shortages and child evacuees from London. There are no big adventures, just normal people coping and helping
Now comes D.E. Stevenson continuing Miss Buncle, married, two children, not writing, not missing it. SIGH. The first book was fabulous and so funny. The second, nice to be with old friends. The third, while a funny twist on writers in the plot, somehow just not satisfying. No question though that Stevenson has the genre down perfectly, light as a nightingale's song but not funny. Glad to hear Miss Buncle book reissued by Persephone Press was on NPR. And author still aluding to Jane Austen.
This is the third in the Barbara Buncle series. Barbara is now Mrs. Abbott and has two children; she has settled in a small town with her family. This book takes place during WWII and focuses more on Barbara Abbott's niece, Jerry Abbott and other members of the household. It has a very different feeling than the first two books in the series, as it was written at a very different time in Great Britain's history. There are soldiers living on Jerry Abbott's land, Jerry's husband is away fighting i ...more
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“Las dos Señoras Abbott” de D. E. Stevenson. El costumbrismo británico.

Después de leer el segundo libro de D.E. Stevenson, que continuaba las peripecias narradas en el fabuloso “El libro de la señorita Buncle”, no voy a esconder que no guardaba muchas esperanzas con este tercero. “El matrimonio de la señorita Buncle” olvidaba toda la parte literaria que supuso una mezcla deliciosa de ficción-realidad del primer libro, mucha metaliteratura que
If you’ve read the Miss Buncle series (“Miss Buncle’s Book,” “Miss Buncle Married”) then read “The Two Mrs. Abbotts.” If you haven’t read any of the series, then I don’t know what you’d think of this one. As far as the end of a trilogy goes, this is disappointing as it really doesn’t have much to do with our original Miss Buncle. The first of the series is a hoot, pertaining to the mishaps of our heroine as she anonymously publishes a book about her neighbors in a small English village. She even ...more
A delightful slice of life in Wandlebury around 1943. The characters are expertly drawn, especially Markie, and the dialogues are spot on! Barbara may be eclipsed by others in this novel, but it's all "jolly good fun", especially the incident involving the German spy.
Il primo libro della serie è brillante, il secondo grazioso, il terzo zoppica vistosamente. Innanzi tutto si nota un cambio di direzione rispetto ai volumi precedenti. Barbara, la protagonista dei primi due libri, è qui il personaggio minore di una vicenda corale. Inoltre il romanzo, ambientato durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, ha un tono leggermente dimesso. E fin qui nulla di male, anzi. Il problema è che questi nuovi spunti, apparentemente interessanti, non sono ben focalizzati. L’autrice s ...more
Wow! How is it possible that I hadn't read this before?! What a wonderful feeling to start a D.E. Stevenson book that you haven't read! That being said, it wasn't my favorite, but it was still very fun and uplifting. It is technically the 3rd book after Miss Buncle's Book and Miss Buncle Married . I do like my Miss Buncle, but she doesn't have quite the hold on my heart that Mrs. Tim does. It is interesting to be in Wandlebury again, because that actually ties you in to the last in the Mrs. T ...more
While this book hardly had Barbra Buncle in it I still loved the story. Really Barbra could have been left out for the amount she and her story line added to the plot. As a stand alone book one wouldn't even grasp a bit of her wonderful personality but would be able to follow the story easily. What I liked about the book was getting to know Jerry and Markie and the people living at Ganthorne. It's amazing how well Markie hears and conversations flow vs in Miss Buncle Married. Jerry and Archie se ...more
Kathy Vincenz
Not as good as other Miss Buncle novels, but still very good. Lots of secondary characters get more time than the original Miss Buncle, yet more Miss Buncle was why I read it. For example, for a while, we were in the desert with the second Mrs. Abbotts' husband. Then, we spent a lot of time with a young lady who was/then wasn't going to marry the son of the freethinking artists.

The first Mrs. Abbotts' children were adorable--good unique characters with their own viewpoints on the world. I could
In most respects, I loved this book--the setting and the characters and the stories were engaging. Based on the title, I knew that the story would likely focus more on Jerry Abbott and less on Barbara... but I was surprised by how little Barbara appeared in the book. In fact, I was surprised by how little Jerry appeared in the book. I loved the scenes of tea time in the nursery--those were the highlight of the book. But I was shocked by the inconclusive ending--several of the subplots were simpl ...more
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Full name: Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
Cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson

D.E. Stevenson had an enormously successful writing career: between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the States. Like E.F. Benson, Ann Bridge, O. Douglas or Dorothy L. Sayers (to name but a few) her books are funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable.
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