The Four Graces
Little Women meets World War II in this heartwarming story from beloved author D.E. Stevenson
Mr. Grace is vicar of a country parish in World War II England. Blessed with four grown-up daughters, three of whom live at home, he has constant help tending to his regular duties and responsibilities toward the war effort.
Liz, Sal, and Tilly Grace have more than enough to k...more
Once again, we are back in the inimitable English countryside, in Wandlebury and in Chevis Place, the lovely settings for Miss Buncle Married & The Two Mrs. Abbotts.
In a way The Four Graces starts where The Two Mrs. Abbotts left off and we can witness the wedding of Archie Chevis-Cobbe & Jane through the eyes of Tillie (Mathilda) Grace, 3rd daughter of Mr Grace, the vicar of Chevis Place. But ...more
then, suddenly, everything happened at once and all the things that had seemed so stable dissolved and disintegrated before your eyes ... and life was new."
The story revolves around the daily lives of Rev Grace and his daughters -- three, in fact, the fourth is living in London and is only a minor character in this story. The characters from the previous books are secondary characters and only footnotes in some cases.
We see a ...more
The vicarage is a tight circle: The girls talked..., but their conversation veered to and fro in a manner which a stranger would have found bewildering in the extreme, but which the Graces found perfectly natural.
Not mu ...more
Since I have not yet read #3 (The Two Mrs. Abbotts), I'm putting this aside for now. (Darn it, I was really enjoying it!)
UPDATE: March 31, 2015
3 s ...more
This book can stand on its own, though it has extremely incidental references to a couple of characters from The Two Mrs. Abbotts. It's really not important to get the connection, though, as this book is about an entirely different family.
It's World War II, and the Graces are a family of four daughters and their father. They lea ...more
As I read it, I h ...more
It's a book that has no great adventure, no mysteries and no great secrets yet it's a very good read. Human nature is the thread running through the book. The characters were wonderful. The four sisters and their father were nice genuine people with out being boring. But I loved William. From the start I wanted him to find happiness and contentment ...more
Of course it was a good book. It always is. Touch of a meandering dream of course but I wouldn't have it any other way. What I would like to have is less cowardice on the ending style. -_-
The three of the four Grace girls (Liz, Sal and Tilly) are delightful in their own ways (feel the title is a little misleading as the fourth, Addie, is barely in the book) along ...more
1946. Published as if the war is not yet over.
So delightful. Can be read as "Miss Buncle #4" or can be read alone. I did enjoy revisiting some of the Buncle characters.
I'm going to experiment a little (I just found a library with LOTS of D. E. Stevenson). I want to know if the earlier works, especially the war years books, are substantially better than the later ones. So far, I agree with that.
I didn't LOVE "The Two Mrs. Abbots" (Miss Buncle #3) nearly as much as the first two. ...more
By sally tarbox on 27 July 2017
An absolute delight of a book - not great literature but intensely lovely and joyous without being in the least soppy and sentimental.
The Four Graces are the daughters of a country vicar; WW2 is on, and while Liz is a Land Girl and Addie living a rather more sophisticated life in London, Tilly and Sal focus on domestic and parish aff ...more
Stevenson is an excellent writer and tells a pleasant story. That's what THE FOUR GRACES is -- a pleasant story, with nothing too upsetting, a comfortable English setting and a HEA. But in my view, the tale wasn't weighty enough to fully reveal the four people of the title -- maybe really of only two? And for many rather obvious reasons (war time, four sisters ...more
Definitely recommended--and I'm keeping my eyes open for more Stevenson.
The novel was delightful and, as many others have said, had much in common with Little W ...more
The Four Graces tells the story of four sisters, their parson father, and the village that they call home. The family is very close, and although the four sisters are all quite different, they have a beautiful bond with one another and with their father. This ...more
The cover of the current reprint book I read ...more
My favorite discussion in the book: "I don't mind much," declared Liz. "I look forward to this all day--sprawling and drinking tea and saying whatever happens to come into my head. Heaven will be like this--not golden gates and harps."
"Some people want harps," objected Sal.
Thank you, Sal, for understanding that some of us would be incredibly bereft if we were deprived ...more
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 ...more