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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job

(Mrs. Tim #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  32 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published January 7th 2019 by Dean Street Press (first published 1947)
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Niki Estes
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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gentle tale. Comforting but not amazing.
Louise Armstrong
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.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Splendidly funny, charming and delightful. As usual.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Liz C.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Mrs. Tim. These books are refreshing despite being written and set well over 50 years ago. The diary style doesn't feel forced like some books written in the style can, and it can make you wish you kept a diary yourself.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, series, kindle
Another enjoyable entry in the series.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like all DE Stevenson's books. I just have to remember not to read them too close together, there can be a sameness to them. Otherwise, enjoyable as always.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
again re-reading a lot of Stevenson and will post a link to a blog review when it is available.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
I thoroughly enjoyed "Mrs. Tim Gets a Job".

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."

"A job!"

"Yes, Hester, a job. You said you wanted a job, didn't you? And of course I understood exactly ho
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This third volume in the "Mrs. Tim" series about a British military wife and her family, "Mrs. Tim Gets a Job," was first published in 1947. The war is over, but Tim is still in Egypt. Children Bryan and Betty are both off at boarding school, and the lease on the family's home is being terminated by the landlord. Where will Hester go and what will she do? Fate intervenes in the form of a job offer, helping the prickly Miss Erica Clutterbuck -- a friend of Hester's friend Grace -- run a small hot ...more
Katharine Holden
Enjoyable sequel to Mrs. Tim of the Regiment (or, Mrs. Tim Christie). This one introduces a great character: Miss Erica Clutterbuck. She runs her ancestral home as a hotel, is rude to all the guests, eats her breakfast in the dining room with a screen up to prevent them talking to her, and has put notices in all the rooms that tell guests they must bring their own towels. Naturally, it's Mrs. Christie who points out that the guests won't see this notice until after they've arrived. There's a sap ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Mrs Tim, the wife of an English officer and mother of two, takes a job working at a Scottish manor turned boarding house. I enjoyed the Scottish setting and gentle humorous observations of character.

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.

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Full name: Dorothy Emily Stevenson.
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

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