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Mrs Tim of the Regiment (Mrs. Tim #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  684 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Tenth May, 1934. At this moment I look up and see the Man Who Lives Next Door standing on his doorstep watching my antics, and disapproving (I feel sure) of my flowered silk dressing gown. Probably his own wife wears one of red flannel, and most certainly has never been seen leaning out of the window in it - The Awful Carrying On of Those Army People - he is thinking.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 1932)
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Donna Jo Atwood
Back when I was in High School I read a ton of D.E. Stevenson's books, but I don't remember reading this one, although I know it was in our library.
Anyway, if you like gentle reads with not much going on set in an England that is/was like none of my midwestern American life you might enjoy these. It is comparable to the Miss Read books. Or for a more contemporary author, Jan Karon. The perfect read with a cup of tea and scones.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I have been reading all the Bloomsbury Group series of books.

Summary: Mrs. Tim is the wife of Captain Tim, they have two children a boy and a girl and live with the Regiment in England. Mrs. Tim writes in her diary from the period of January to June detailing the daily life she lives paying particular attention to the eccentric characters surrounding her and the humorous events that can happen in simple village life. Then Mrs. Tim's life is unsettled as the Captain is transfe
rachael gibson
Aug 09, 2012 rachael gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few negative reviews of this book which claim that 'nothing happens' - but for me that's almost part of the appeal as it makes you focus entirely on Stevenson's writing.

It reminded me slightly of Denis Mackail's Greenery Street; another book set in a similar area which simply covers the day-to-day life of married couple without much in the way of a plot - again, it's all about the writing.

Mrs Tim, as you've no doubt read, is an edited version of the diary written by Stevenson herself
Oct 19, 2015 Beccie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read Jan. 2015
I need to clear the cobwebs from my brain with my dear Mrs. Tim.

Original Review
Thank-you, thank-you Bloomsbury group for re-issuing this book that has been out of print for many years! I can't even get it in my library anymore. Now if they would just reprint the rest of the Mrs. Tim books I would be a happy, happy camper. These are books that are based on D.E. Stevenson's own diaries of the days before and during WWII. They are the story of Hester Christie, her husband Capt
Feb 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mother, especially a SAHM
Shelves: favorites
I loved, loved, loved this dear book. It was also published under the title "Mrs. Tim Christie." It was written in 1936 yet the situations that the main character, Hester (Mrs. Christie) experiences are timeless and universal...and hilarious at times! The book is written in a diary format by Hester; she is the wife of an English military officer and her life and times as an officer's wife and mother of two in pre WWII England are just so interesting to me. I laughed out loud in the first page of ...more
A re-read.

I hadn't read this one in years and had forgotten how entertaining it is!

Mrs. Tim, (Hester Christie), a British Army wife, goes through ups and downs from life at the barracks to life in Scotland, as they are transferred and Tim gets a promotion. Her anecdotes about housekeeping, servants, organizing the home and dealing with new neighbors (in between raising her two children, Betty and Bryan), are so fun to read!

There are dinner parties, afternoon teas, awkward social situations, and
Jun 09, 2013 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realism

I believe this is an alternate title for Mrs Tim of the Regiment.

Stevenson's second "novel" is essentially her diary with the names changed. Not as polished as her later work (unsurprising since she wasn't allowed to get an education or write while growing up) it is still quite insightful, warm, and humorous.
Oct 16, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out on a high note and I was enjoying myself quite a lot. But then they went to Scotland and it dragged and dragged.

I think, because this book is based on her actual diary, that a good edit was in order for the second half. Because they were on holiday and her husband was posted away, there wasn't all that much going on and she wasn't even preoccupied with running her own household, so there were not as many of the amusing little episodes that sustained the first half.

Still, pe
1932 or 1934 (debatable? different dates in different places).

This was the beginning for Dorothy Emily Stevenson. Taken from her diary as an army wife, spruced up for publication of course. Very reminiscent of E. M. Delafield's "Diary of a Provincial Lady" in tone, similar sense of humor and scope. Delafield's was published two years earlier if the 1934 publication date is correct, but this diary was supposedly written years before that. I wonder if they read each other.

Thoughts. Not very inst
Jan 29, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I had never heard of D.E. Stevenson before randomly finding this book on Amazon as one of those "customers who bought that also bought this" selections. I am a little smitten by this book. So fun. It's not exciting but it is charming. It is full of domestic squabbles and concerns, quirky friendships, interesting characters and witty conversation and observations that bring Jane Austen's humor to mind. I only wish that the other "Mrs Tim" books had also been reprinted so that I could have a littl ...more
Ordinarily, this would be just my kind of book. I am partial to novels written from the 30's to the 50's that focus on the quiet lives of seemingly ordinary people. Nothing seems to happen, but small things take on great importance. And women have a very special, very limited place in their community.

So, this book (adapted from the diary of a regimental wife) written in 1934 sounded like something I would just revel in. But, even for my modest expectations, NOTHING happened. What was missing fo
Jun 15, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read all the D. E. Stevenson books years ago. Suggested by Goodreads because I read Green Dolphin Street.
I only discovered the books of D.E. Stevenson by sheer chance, but I am so glad that I did, because I love them!

A couple of years ago, I was browsing the Boxing Day sales in the Kindle store on Amazon, and saw a book called Miss Buncle's Book for $1.99.
The cover was pretty, and the blurb intriguing, so I bought it. I didn't actually read it until several months later, when I went away on a trip, and I adored it! It was funny and romantic. Now I buy any D.E. Stevenson book I can find!

Mrs. Tim of
Jenn Estepp
Not nearly as fond of this one as I have been of Stevenson's other works, although fond enough that I wish that some of the other Mrs. Tim books will be added to the re-issue list. Or, properly I should just wish that I stumbled upon dusty old copies of them in some random little bookstore. This one is tricky, as it's essentially two books (and I think may have been published as such?), so the first half is pretty straightforward diary sort of stuff (albeit very long-winded entries, but I do tha ...more
May 02, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat witty but mostly dull diary-turned-novel. This is my least favorite read of Stevenson so far for several reasons, the first being the absence of a decent plot. There was no real rising action or climax to speak of, which makes the journey unsatisfying and the ending lackluster at best.
A little over halfway through, I started skimming the long narratives by minor characters (i.e., any time Mrs. Falconer opens her mouth) and the overlong descriptions of irrelevant people and places, al
Pat Cummings
Apr 07, 2015 Pat Cummings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel by D.E. Stevenson is a sentimental period-piece, set in rural England and Scotland between the wars. The story is told entirely through diary entries in the journal of an Army wife as she copes with the vicissitudes of managing the help, raising her children, and supporting her husband, an officer in an Amy regiment, with his official duties.

The catastrophes of daily life that Mrs. Tim Christie (Hester) encounters are mild things, used chiefly as a way to point out the quirks and idio
Feb 13, 2008 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love most of D. E. Stevenson's work & especially the books about Mrs. Tim. Hester is a dear, & the other characters always interesting. The books bubble with engaging friends & foes, gentle humor & action agreeably sprinkled with food, clothes & housekeeping details that only improve the pleasure for the reader. Who can resist imagining their life with afternoon tea & a devoted helper in the house? Not me!
May 23, 2014 Kienie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pleasant read, but really that's about all I can say. Hester is at a very different point in her life from where I am right now. I like her, but her troubles don't mean much to me. What's more, I'm not sure why the book is named Mrs Tim of the regiment. Tim is hardly in it, though he is present in his marriage to Hester, making Major M's love for her unattainable. I wouldn't have minded if she was aware of his attraction and chose not to return it...or chose to return it, I don't care. ...more
May 23, 2016 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Tim is the most popular wife in the regiment, and her lively diary entries describing daily events, misadventures, and surviving on a budget make several fun volumes.
Carol Best
Jun 24, 2014 Carol Best rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was titled Mrs. Tim of the Regiment but I realize that it has been retitled. I couldn't put it down and now I have to hope I can find the next three Mrs. Tim books because I am absolutely delighted with Mrs.Tim and her life. The writing is charming, honest, witty and at times hilarious. Having lived a life as a policeman's wife, I can identify with the issues she faced even though my married life has been played out from 1969 on. It seems that things don't really change much. Won ...more
Hannah  Messler
Sep 14, 2010 Hannah Messler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! I love stuff my Mom recommends, it is so sweet.
Jan 11, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: Sherry
Shelves: finished-2015
I really enjoyed reading Mrs. Tim's 'journal'. I could see how this book wouldn't be to everyone's taste, because not that much happens, plot-wise. But the writing style is so readable, and Mrs. Tim is so likable, that I began to feel as though I was reading a chatty letter from a friend, rather than a novel. Her observations about people and their behavior in everyday social situations is quite hilarious, mostly because of what she *doesn't* say but you can infer by the *way* she doesn't say it ...more
May 18, 2016 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable book with a very slow start. A little like 'Bridget Jones's Diary' in both structure and airheadedness.

Not much in the way of plot but lots in the way of funny asides. For example, here's a fun metaphor about a rather large owner of a china shop:

"'I wouldn't have no small spry people about my shop, it's them as does the breakages,' Miss Edgar says, as she oozes in and out of the piled-up china like an immense boa constrictor." (110)

Two things that diminished my enjoyment:

1) Mrs. Ch
Aug 28, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
D.E. Stevenson was a English housewife with four children when she started to write novels. She was also a regimental wife. Her first novel was Peter West which was published in 1923. In 1932 she began the Mrs. Tim Christie series, some say, were based on her own diaries. Mrs. Tim of the Regiment is the first book of the series. It is a typical British book, dry humor with ample sarcasm. Written in a diary format, I loved her descriptions of daily trials and tribulations. The book really takes o ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Alisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was able to read this in Kindle format by borrowing it from someone for two weeks. The Kindle format sometimes misses punctuation, which can be distracting, but to a tolerable degree.
This book is technically two books put together, but I understand that they have pretty much always been published together, and there is nothing to indicate where one stops and the other begins.
Hester Christie is the wife of a military man, which means that her life can change at any moment if her husband is assign
Mar 19, 2011 Beccie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yearly-re-reads
Thank-you, thank-you Bloomsbury group for re-issuing this book that has been out of print for many years! I can't even get it in my library anymore. Now if they would just reprint the rest of the Mrs. Tim books I would be a happy, happy camper. These are books that are based on D.E. Stevenson's own diaries of the days before and during WWII. They are the story of Hester Christie, her husband Captain Tim and their 2 children. This one is set before the war and just tells about their life. It is s ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 10, 2012 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting something a bit sappy, but instead Mrs Tim of the Regiment turned out to be a perfectly delightful look at the peripetic life of a military wife. Except for the surfeit of servants, there's nothing to date this book, even though it was published in the 1930s and probably reflect experiences that occurred to author D.E. Stevenson shortly after World War I.

Hester Christie, despite her prim name, is a fun-loving and strong-minded young woman with some wonderful friends. She makes h
Darn! Again, Goodreads doesn't mesh with I listened to Christine Rendel's reading of this fluffy little novel and enjoyed it. The cover is the same as this one, but there's no audio choice. ANyway: I picked this novel as a mental break from anything challenging or intense, and I certainly got that. Lacking any real plot beyond "Mrs. Tim's" daily rhythm and routine, I had no idea when the book would end, or why--it's a bit like an Angela Thirkell novel, but less plot-driven and not a ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Kayli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kinda hard to choose what to rate this, probably 2.5 stars. It's a pretty non-memorable book, but I did laugh fairly often while reading it, and I suppose if I could just walk to the library and pick up the next one, I probably would, although I certainly won't order it. I thought that in some cases it really aptly captured married life (Mrs. Tim and her husband were married about the same amount of time my husband and I have been) but then I was disappointed because her husband pretty much went ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persephone Books just re-issued this novel, the diary of a British "regimental wife" in the year preceding WWII. I feel sure that Stevenson had read "Diary of a Provincial Lady" prior to writing this one; the similarities are too marked to be coincidental. But in this case, I much prefer the second novel to the first. The Provincial Lady is often annoying, with her foolish money ways and her apparently aimless life; Mrs. Tim seems much more vital, useful, and definitely more charming, than her p ...more
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Full name: Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
Her father was a 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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