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The Lovers of Pound Hill
When city girl Molly Bonner arrives in the village of Lufferton Boney, she creates quite a stir. With her non-country-style boots, determined manner and alluring looks, she sets off a wave of intrigue that ripples through the lives of everyone there, from Julie the barmaid at the Holly Bush to antiques dealer Dryden Fellows and Montmorency the cat. Nobody knows exactly wha ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Hutchinson
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I don't like all of Mavis Cheek's books, though I think she's a very gifted writer - sometimes the themes just don't appeal to me. However, I LOVE the Lovers of Pound Hill. Not only is the prose Absolutely Brilliant, the characters are beautifully fleshed out and the outcome just makes me feel cozy. There are a lot of alleged "feel good" books out there, but most are by terrible writers like Jan Karon or Debbie Macomber. For some reason, more skilled authors prefer tackle depressing subjects. I ...more
I liked this book. It has an air of Midsomer Murders about it - a cosy English-village mystery, except that this is an archaeological mystery not a murder. It had a multiplicity of characters but they were all well drawn and therefore easy to keep track of. A nice easy summer escape.
Although I like the concept of this book I disliked the style of story telling. I cannot bear it when the author's voice is omnipresent; playing god with the characters, each personality completely summed up. It just made me dislike the characters and detached me from the plot.
Born in Wimbledon, now part of London, Mavis left school at 16 to do office work with Editions Alecto, a Kensington publishing company. She later moved to the firm's gallery in Albemarle Street, where she met artists such as David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and Gillian Ayres. In 1969 she married a "childhood sweetheart", Chris Cheek, a physicist, whom she had met at a meeting of the Y ...more