Mrs. Tim Gets a Job
Miss Clutterbuck would like me to run the bar—no, it can’t be that—run the car, which has seen its best days but is still useful for shopping. Grace has told her I am patient and tactful, so (as she herself is neither the one nor the other) she thinks I am the right person to look after the social side.
With husband Tim stationed in Egypt and her children at boarding-school...more
There was a passage of sociological interest: a discussion b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 meet...it's worth while having lived...we leave something behind us which goes on and on."
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Hester Christie does not *want* a job. But her do-gooder friend Grace decides that with Tim away in Egypt and the children at boarding school, that her good friend Hester needs something to do. So she sets up a job at a country-estate-turned-hotel in Scotland.
"Well, anyhow," says Grace proudly, "the long and the short of it is I've found you a job."
"Yes, Hester, a job. You said you wanted a job, didn't you? And of course I understood exactly ho ...more
I read this book online via the Open Library, a wonderful resource for these hard to locate, older authors whose books are still in copyright.
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 or Dorothy L. Sayers (to name but a few) her books are funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable ...more