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Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson
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Jul 25, 11

Read from July 20 to 25, 2011

This is my first D.E. Stevenson book and my first Barbara Buncle. Miss Buncle Married is the second in a series, but I found it completely enjoyable as a stand-alone read. Steven did such a good job of creating the complete world of Wandlebury, where Arthur and Barbara Buncle Abbott start over, that I didn't feel I was missing background information. Instead, it was enjoyable to see Barbara's evolution as she finds out more about herself as she thinks and writes and lives among the people in the small village.

This is a lighthearted novel, but there are some heavier issues within this post-WWI story. It was a difficult time for young women and men at all social levels to determine their place in life. Old, upper crust families were diminishing and the younger generation was left to look at life differently. As great-granddaughter Fiona Bevan points out in the book's afterword, there was still an education gap that prevented many from seeking higher employment, particularly domestic staff and governesses.

D.E. Stevenson created a personal and easy character in Barbara Buncle. She is conversational, open-spirited, and an observer. The reader goes along with her as she people-watches and develops her thoughts. She is a less-exacting Emma Woodhouse (of Jane Austen's world). I thought of Austen's novel Emma throughout reading this novel and do feel many of Austen's fans will like Miss Buncle Married.
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SarahC Now Barbara Buncle Abbott, I DO like. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable Persephones so far. And with some nice depth in the story, that you aren't sure about in the beginning. I think Austenites would love her.

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