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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job

(Mrs. Tim #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Mrs. Tim Gets a Job is an amusing, entertaining story of Hester Christie's adventures in her first job. Old admirers of D. E. Stevenson will be delighted with this third volume in the series, and new readers will be charmed with Mrs. Tim's adventures.

With her husband still with his Regiment in Egypt, Mrs. Tim takes a job to fill the months before her husband's demobilizati
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Published 1980 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published 1947)
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: realism
Mildly amusing account of a military wife's employment at a hotel while her husband is stationed overseas and her children are away at school. I enjoyed this quite a bit while reading it, although it didn't grab me as much as some of the earlier books in the series. But it was nice to see Hester (i.e. Stevenson) in a different sort of setting, actually realizing that she has skills. I did not miss her friend Grace, who never grew on me.

There was a passage of sociological interest: a discussion b
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really love this series. I think each book is a little better than the last. In the background of the funny and insightful Mrs. Tim and her recounting of her days' events is the fascinating story of Tony Morley and his recurring presence in her life. I can't put these books down because I need to find out what happens to him and whether or not Hester ever figures out what is going on. She is innocently naive of his love and devotion - a beautifully selfless devotion, given that she is married ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How had I forgotten how enjoyable Hester Christie was? D.E. Stevenson's Mrs. Tim novels recount ordinary life -- if during trying times; consequently, not a lot happens in Mrs. Tim Gets a Job. But, I promise, it won't matter.

Naturally, as per the title, Hester takes a position as an assistant manager at a manor-turned-small hotel near Edinburgh. During the course of the novel, one marriage breaks up while another seems imminent, thanks to some help with what seemed to be a doomed romance. The Ch
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, happy-books
Hester's husband is stationed in Egypt (World War II is over), and her two children are safely off to boarding school. What is she to do to while away her days? A friend tells her that a woman named Miss Clutterbuck has been forced to turn her family home into a hotel to make ends meet, and she badly needs an assistant. Hester takes up the job, but with many misgivings. This book is a fun look at how she gets to know her eccentric employer, try to patch up the lives of Major Elden and Miss McQue ...more
Beth Bonini
3.5 stars for its gentle humour, delightful character sketches and the very lovable protagonist Hester Christie (aka ‘Mrs. Tim’)

The third book in the Mrs. Tim series jumps to the end of World War II, when Hester’s husband is stationed in Egypt and her children Bryan and Betty are both ensconced in boarding school. Feeling dull, and with time weighing heavily, Hester accepts a job in a country house hotel in the Borders of Scotland. Owned and ruthlessly managed by the fearsome Erica Clutterbuck,
Niki (nikilovestoread)
The Mrs. Tim series by D. E. Stevenson is one of my favorites. They are cozy reads of life in the past and I love the characters. In Mrs. Tim Gets a Job, Hester has found out she must move out of their leased housing. With Tim in service in Egypt and Betty and Bryan away at school, she decides it's time for her to find a job and do something useful. It's fun to see her flourish and to get to meet some fun new characters and catch up with some old favorites. I'm looking forward to reading the nex ...more
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another excellent story about Mrs. Tim (Hester Christie). Although not all previous favorites make it into this story we do get to see Pinkey Loudoun, Tony Morely and Grace.

The setting for 90% of this book is in Scotland where Hester has a job. Her children are off to boarding school and Tim is in Egypt.

Another hilarious and completely captivating story. How can the day to day life be so fascinating and interesting? It's the characters, it's the setting, it's the dialogue, the wit and charm and
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yearly-re-reads
Some favorite parts during this re-read:

Where Erica reads what the sewing group thinks is Jane Austen, but it is really nonsense she made up because she was annoyed by the women who claimed to "adore Jane!".

When the 2 American women were trying to see what makes British women tick. They said something about trying to find happiness in life and Hester asked them why they spend so much time trying to find happiness. The Americans are shocked and say it is in our Declaration of Independence. Hester
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, D.E Stevenson does NOT disappoint with the Mrs Tim series. I've been wanting to read the continuation for ages, and now that I have read this, I am happy to say that everything I loved about Mrs Tim of the Regiment continues in the rest of the series. I am completely happy, and I hope the other books arrive soon! ...more
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This third in the series is laced with the theme of "what is happiness" which only adds to the depth and breadth of what I already love about this author. ...more
2020 bk 357. The war has come to an end and Hester's husband is stationed in Egypt for at least 3 years. Her children are away at Boarding School and when she casually mentions the possiblity of a job to her neighbor, one is found for her. Being the assistant to the owner of a Scottish hotel would never have crossed her mind, and indeed, those who know her are at first horrified, but with the landlord wanting her house back, it seems easier to take this residential position, put their household ...more
Classic reverie
I am enjoying D. E. Stevenson's Mrs. Tims series, immensely! Book 3- "Mrs. Tim Gets a Job" is as fun as the last two books, though book 2 is more solemn because of the world war 2 years, humor is present in all these journal type books. It is 6 years later, post war years but still many soldiers are on active duty. Old and new characters bring more drama to Hester's life but in this story, Hester is without her children or husband. Tim is in Egypt; Bryan and Betty away at boarding school. Tony M ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The third installment of D. E. Stevenson's "Mrs. Tim" series is a pure delight. The novels are written in journal form, and in this one, Hester Christie impulsively decides to take a job assisting a gruff hotel-owner in the Scottish borderlands when her landlord in Winfield suddenly terminates her lease.

Initially, Hester regrets the move, but as she slowly comes to know Erica Clutterback, her employer, she understands that Miss Clutterback's bark disguises a much more sensitive and literary nat
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Scottish holiday - check. Fishing - check. A spot of match-making for a star-crossed couple - check. It’s all there.

Tony Morley pops up like a cheerful character device designed to liven up the middle section of a novel whose plot is temporarily marooned in a linen cupboard. Notwithstanding his usefulness as a plot device he is very much true to life with his slightly pompous military gent persona and his skill at dealing with all kinds of people, from irascible hoteliers to bereaved or abandon
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the third Mrs. Tim novel. I enjoy Mrs. Tim's stories because they are good friends. Every year when I read D. E. Stevenson's books I realize how much novels have changed. Her books are high on characterization and humor. Mrs. Tim's desire to be busy while her children are in school and Tim is stationed in Africa places her in unusual circumstances when she works as the assistant manager at a rural hotel. She 'sorts out' an abrupt, blustery boss, a lonely hero and a lonely, mysterious wom ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed it. couldn't wait to keep going even kept me up at night to read just one more page...She also discusses philosophy
"One way to achieve immortality is to have children another is to write or paint-but not everyone can achieve offspring or works of art.
If we go about the world giving bits of ourselves to people we's worth while having lived...we leave something behind us which goes on and on."
Tony Morland
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you read slowly towards the end because you don't want to finish it. You don't want the story to be over. Now I must locate a copy of the last book in the series. Biblio here I come. ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Splendidly funny, charming and delightful. As usual.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read close to 30 of her books in the past two months, they are balm for the soul of a reader, especially someone who would rather be in England, in the country side.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A gentle tale. Comforting but not amazing.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one which is set at the end of World War 2. Betty and Bryan are both away at school and Tim is still in the army, so Hester accepts a job as a housekeeper in a Scottish hotel.
Louise Armstrong
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book never fails to comfort me. I can enter into its world every single time. It's like falling through a pane of glass into the past.

June 2018 - enjoyed once more.
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Third book of Mrs. Tim series is post War, but Tim Christie is still serving in Egypt. Son Bryan is well settled into prep school, and daughter Betty heading to boarding school, Hester is at loose ends, so when landlord of their cottage says she must give up the house by the end of the month, Betty is packed off to school, and Hester accepts the job as assistant to Irascible, middle-aged Erica Clutterbuck, who most grudgingly is running Toucher House, her immaculately maintained old Border mansi ...more
Austen to Zafón
I really do love Mrs. Tim. She's such a real character. Kind and intelligent, yet she worries and fumbles and sometimes does the wrong thing. I first read Mrs. Tim of the Regiment when Persephone reissued it. But I had to mail away to the UK to get this sequel, as well as the next one, Mrs. Time Flies Home.

I will say though, that there is definitely some casual racism and sexism in the book, common for the period. Yep, nice people then and now are still a product of their time and environment.
Stephanie C
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people in a British mood, L.M.Montgomery fans
Of course I knew that Mrs. Tim was going to get a job, but I didn't really want her to get a job.

I felt very irritated with all the people at the hotel because I needed to read about them and I didn't care a whit about them, rather the same way I initially didn't care a whit about all the people that Anne meets in Anne of Windy Poplars. But in much the same way that I came to care about those insufferable Pringles, the residents of Tocher House grew on me and I eventually stopped resenting them
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This one felt more disjointed than the previous one, but perhaps that was my own state of mind. Erica’s character is so much fun! I love how she and Hester figure each other out and come to be so companionable. I also love the scene that breaks the ice for them. Of course Tony shows up, and I truly don’t know what to think of him. I love that he and Hester are such pals, but he is rather inscrutable. Is he a womanizer or not? I can’t quite tell.

I liked reading about Betty and Bryan now more tha
Kathlene Pettycrew
Excellent Gentle Read

As always, Ms. Stevenson is on the top of her field and Mrs. Tim is equal to her tasks. Ms. Stevenson doesn't exactly make you WANT to be a military wife, or live in England during WWII, but she definitely proves that people are ordinary people in some of the best and worst of times. And it makes ME want to be just a little bit better than I probably am in similar circumstances.
Jenn Estepp
My favorite so far! We are into the post-War years, which is a nice change. As was a shift in location - to a hotel on the border and away from the in's and out's of military/base life. I love the new grumpy old lady owner and the new adventures that Mrs. Tim has as a working lady. Some predictable turn of events, but in the best of ways. And true to form, as soon as I finished it, I started the final volume. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very witty and funny book about life after WW2 finds Mrs. Tim's husband still in the service of his country. When she loses her housing, she decides to take a job at an Inn. She has to deal with a gruff boss, a cranky broken car, her two children, and various characters who seem to go out of their way to make her days tiresome and full of strife, but in the end Mrs. Tim handles all with her charm and honesty. Very enjoyable. ...more
L.D.B. Taylor
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
D.E. Stevenson is one of my favorite 'comfort reads' writers.
Although "Miss Buncle's Book", which I first read a loooong time ago at age nine, will always remain my favorite, all of her books have a cozy, escapist feel.
Highly recommended for those chilly autumn or winter nights, alongside a cup of tea and perhaps a sweet or savoury treat or two.
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Dorothy Emily Stevenson was a best-selling Scottish author. She published more than 40 romantic novels over a period of more than 40 years. 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

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