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The Tale of Castle Cottage

(The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #8)

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The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself! It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley
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Kathryn
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Beatrix Potter put down her pen, pushed her chair back, and stood up.

Favorite quote: De Parbis, grandis acerbis erit. Some translate this as "Do a little bit every day, and you will accomplish a lot." Or in the vernacular of the Land Between the Lakes: "Many littles make a mickle; many mickles make a mile."

This is the eighth and last book in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. They were all such fun to read and in this book Beatrix marries Will at the very end...the perfect
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Judy Goodnight
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
The coziest of cozy mystery stories, The Tale of Castle Cottage wraps up this series of mysteries that feature Beatrix Potter amidst the backdrop of her beloved Lakes District farming villages. In this tale, Beatrix has commissioned construction work on Castle Cottage, the residence she and her fiance, Will Heelis, plan to live in when married, if the marriage ever occurs. But the work is not proceeding very well and soon there is talk of malfeasance on the contractor's part and thievery of ...more
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Loved the historic details of intro regarding Lindisfarne and illuminated gospel. Beautiful sense of relationship between Beatrix and Will.

Inclusion of recipes particular to Lake District and era a lovely addition as are the historic facts of Beatrix Potter's life .

Charming series of relaxed enjoyment.



Sarah
As I've said before, I really loved the first 3 novels in this Cottage Tales series. Then the narrator seemed to take over, and spoilt the final 5 tomes for me. In the end I found myself skipping the animal chapters, grinding my teeth at the constant self-congratulatory intervenions of the narrator, and even swearing every time she started plugging her other novels ("If you'd like to find out the full story, you can read it in...")!!

This is unacceptable interference on the part of Susan Wittig
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Catherine
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author made me feel like I was there. Loved the animal chapters. How awesome to read about the protection and care that the animals ga e to Beatrix and their little village. The mystery was a bonus. The adjectives that were used o describe the area were refreshing. A nice relaxing read.
Miz Lizzie
Though I loved this series as a whole, I have to admit that this concluding volume was not one of my favorites. The narrative voice, which started out as a quaint and enjoyable intrusion in the books, rather dominated this last adventure, getting in the way of the story, slight as it was. Beatrix's story in this one was mostly one long wrap-up to her finally marrying Will Heelix with most of the drama actually being "off-screen" during her brother's confrontation with their parents. It was ...more
Denise
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The final entry in the delightful 'Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter' by Susan Wittig Albert. This series of gentle mysteries covers the time from the death of Beatrix Potter's first fiancé, Norman Warne (her publisher), when she first escaped her domineering parents and London (for short periods of time) by buying Hill Top Farm in the first novel, until her marriage to Will Heelis in this one. Here, Beatrix is renovating another farm, Castle Farm, hoping to live there once she and Will are ...more
Pamela Shropshire
This is the final book of the series and wraps up the ongoing courtship of Will Heelis and Beatrix Potter, while featuring a couple of village mysteries involving both the human and animal inhabitants of Near and Far Sawrey.

While it is true that the mysteries are exceptionally cozy (although there are a few murders along the way), and reading all 8 books one after the other is a bit too twee, I have still enjoyed them very much. They aren't books I will often reread, but they are well written
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Sue
Well, I finished the whole series. It is whimsical and charming but there are some writing quirks that get tiresome as the series progresses, such as the constant referrals to earlier books in the series by the omniscient author who often speaks directly to the reader and does an inordinate amount of reminding us what happened in earlier books. But it did make read a real bio of Miss Potter who had an interesting life, if a rather creepy childhood. This last book in the series has an actual ...more
Rachel Kopel
I am glad to have finished this series. I enjoyed checking in with the characters, but by this last book there is about 1/3 new material and the rest is filler, re-introducing previous characters, giving away the plots of previous stories, and much too much addressing us, dear reader, directly. My friends the animals have a good run of it, and after the story is finished, the Historical Note was particularly interesting. I am going to miss my visits with this community, but am really glad the ...more
Sarah
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a cute book -- it's a fun take on historical fiction. The narrator is engaging and rather whimsical. Although it took a bit, I ended up enjoying that some characters are animals from the village. The somewhat predictable twist halfway through the book really picked up the pace of the story. I enjoyed that there were three plot lines going along together -- took away any possible monotony. I'd recommend this book to people who were fans of Beatrix Potter as children and who enjoy whimsical ...more
Paulette
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The final of Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter series, THE TALE OF CASTLE COTTAGE as always pleases, especially when the animals tell the story. I will miss those characters more than the fictional human and nonfictional ones. Recommend highly, as I do anything Susan Wittig Albert writes. She is one of my favorite writers.
Goat Girl
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventures
This book is amazing! The book has several different story lines going at the same time but they all tie in together. I really like the mystery winded into a sweet fairy tale. I highly recommend this book!!!!!!!
Annie
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A heart-warming ending to a fabulous cozy mystery series!
Sherry
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: beatrix-potter
8th and final book of The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series commingling real life events with made up happenings and mysteries with real life people and made up characters, human and animals, some from from her little books between 1905 when her fiancé Frederick Warne died and she bought Hill Top Farm to 1913 when she finally is able to marry Will Heelis. The author’s Historical Notes flesh out the realities of the times. A delightful look at the Lake District and the times and focusing on ...more
Grace
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very strong ending to this charming series! While some of the books in the middle of the series got bogged down with too many animal characters and too much "talking" from the narrator, this book toned those elements down without entirely changing the voice and tone of the series.

While I was sad to see the end of this series, I thought the author chose the time very well - the series ends with Beatrix ceasing to be Miss Potter the children's author, and becoming Mrs. Heelis the Lakeland
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Andree
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Finished this series. I did like this one. I think this one does a better job with the overall character arcs. Nothing feels extraneous or unnecessary, and the plot-line around the animals is less intrusive and makes more sense than in some of these books I do like where the author chose to end Beatrix's story.

These aren't great literature, but they are generally fun easy reads.

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Dorothy
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful series

I have read all the books in this series. Ordinarily I’m not a fan of talking animals included in stories, but they fit into these stories beautifully... thank you to Beatrix Potter stories! This writer is a favorite of mine. Hope you enjoy them too. They are special.
Elaine
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful tale

I give this the highest rating because the author did a great job relaying how life was for Beatrix Potter, my favorite children's author. Colorful characters-human and animal, alike. All of the books in this series were most enjoyable. I recommend them to folks who enjoy whimsical, sentimental stories.
Julie
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, british
I love the writing style. Also appreciate that there’s a mystery for Beatrix Potter in the human community and a mystery that the animals need to resolve. Neither of the mysteries are incredibly complicated, but it’s an enjoyable read.
Julie
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved listening to this book on audible. It had so many details of Potter's life that I was interested in, even though it was fiction. Now I need to go back and fill in the series books in between that I haven't read yet.
Debbie
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: overdrive
I am sad to read the last book in this series. The fact that the books were based on the life of Beatrix Potter made them not only fun reads but a learning reads also. Thank you Susan Wittig Albert for doing all the work on these great books.
Donna
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not getting into the story so giving up
Ariadne Deborah Fassel
Overtones of Redwall. I'm glad I read the last in the series first. Won't bother with the rest, although this was well-researched.
Lindy MacLaine
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Glad to witness a happy ending for Beatrix and Will!
The Omniscient narrator started to weigh a little heavily by the end of this series.
Karen Hackett
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series of books!!! So enjoyable!!!!
Jan
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Good ending to the series which documents Beatrix Potter's life-story in a novel way.
Rebecca
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
Very sweet, but but the shift to fantasy is not to my taste.
Susan Reyna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely conclusion to the series!
Holli
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This was the last book of the series and I'm sad that it's over. The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter are the epitome of "cozy mystery." When my mom was sick with cancer, I read one of them aloud to her. It was very comforting for both of us.

One of the reviewers mentioned the intrusion of the narrator's voice--that it interfered with the story. I actually like Albert's use of the narrative voice--especially when she uses it to include the reader in the story. For me, it's reminiscent of the way
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