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Mrs Tim of the Regiment: A Novel (Mrs. Tim #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  85 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.

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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.
rachael gibson
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
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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
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Jennifer
Feb 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Miriam

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.
Beccie
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
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Nancy
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
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Chelsea
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
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Michele
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!
Kienie
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
Carol Best
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
Yay! I love stuff my Mom recommends, it is so sweet.
Becky
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
Alisha
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
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Beccie
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
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
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Knitme23
Darn! Again, Goodreads doesn't mesh with Audible.com: 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
Kayli
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
Nancy
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
Ann
This book is written in diary form, and was apparently based on the diaries of the author. It follows the life of Hester Christie, wife of Captain Tim Christie. Her life (this is the 1930s) consists of dealing with her household, her children and the wives of other officers. That sounds very boring, but those readers who love domestic stories will enjoy it. For instance, there are the never-ending struggles with finding good domestic help - something that is so far removed from our daily reality ...more
Andie
This is the first volume in the absolutely charming series about the wife of a British Army Major as she follows her husband from posting to posting. In this first volume we meet all the characters who will play important roles in the subsequent books: Major Morley, an aristocratic officer who is clearly taken by our heroine, Hester, Mrs. Loudon, the rather gruff, but loveable Scottish widow who befriends Hester, Hester's children, Bryan & the irrespressible Betty, her ditzy friend, Grace an ...more
Holley
Adorable, charming book. Some of the language is a bit out of date, but for the people who complain that nothing happens, I would say that this book is about the simple day to day joy of being alive.

Fun read and it doesn't take itself too seriously.

Now I'm in book agony because I do not see that the remaining three books have been republished.
Katy
This is a delightful story written as first person journal entries, but the author is so adept at characterization and description I feel like I KNOW these people and have traveled with them to some of the most remote and beautiful places in Scotland. Can't wait to read the rest of the quartet of Mrs. Tim books and SO glad Bloomsbury had the smarts to reprint them. Classy AND classic!
Ormond College Library
Deb Hull: This could be dismissed as fluffy British nostalgia if it had not been written by the wife of a British officer in the 1930s. It is a novel in diary form and was, apparently, a lightly edited version of the author’s own diary. With a female perspective on a resoundingly male world, Stevenson recounts things that I have never read elsewhere, such as a how an army wife moves her three servants, four children and most of her worldly possessions from one army base to another by train and w ...more
Cheri Micheletti
I first read this series (there are four books altogether) in the seventies, and I loved them. The picture of life in the English military prior to and during WWII is fascinating, and there is a warmth and good heartedness to the books that makes reading them very satisfying. That said, even my teenage self recognized Mrs. Tim was being just a little too disingenuous when she described Major Morley and his behavior in such a way that the reader easily recognized that he was infatuated with her, ...more
Kathy H
This sort of daily diary of a 'housewife' popular in the 1930-1940s England isn't interesting for everyone, I suppose. I like the genre, especially it well written with more than a little self-deprecatory humour. Mrs. Tim Christie is an excellent read.
Carolyn
I love Hester. She is written from D.E. Stevenson's journals as a Scottish military wife - a slightly fictionalized biography. I love her humor, her complete well-rounded characters; her delightful look of everyday life. I could have read more about Hester than the four books in the series. When I need to chuckle, if not laugh, I reread these books.

D.E. Stevenson said that she became interested in Hester as a character and continued to write about her because of the interest of her readers. Two
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Miwa
The journal format was a bit hard to get into at first, so it took me a bit to get into this book. Overall though, it's another novel by D. E. Stevenson that I have enjoyed. She has a very similar style to Agatha Christie - without the murders involved.
Teri-k
I love this entire series. These are gentle, amusing books where not a lot happens, but you really get a good look into the lives of the characters, especially Mrs. Tim.
Susan
This is the entertaining story of day to day household life told by Mrs Tim in her diary. Mrs Tim is the wife of an English officer, mother of two, and manager of the cook and maid and other household matters in a 1930s middle class English family. Life has changed, of course, but the gentle humor and shrewd observations of family and neighborly foibles still make for enjoyable reading.
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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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