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Mrs. Tim Flies Home

(Mrs. Tim #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sometimes it is difficult to see clearly in what direction one's duty lies (and especially difficult for people like myself with a husband in one part of the world and children in another) but Tim and I, talking it over together in cold blood, decided that I ought to go home.

Hester Christie, the delightful heroine last met in Mrs. Tim Gets a Job, has spent a blissful 18
ebook, 252 pages
Published January 7th 2019 by Dean Street Press (first published 1952)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should be very, very sad; after all, this is the final Mrs. Tim book. However, author D.E. Stevenson does such a wonderful job entertaining the reader that the book is over before one has the chance to turn melancholy.

In this (fourth or fifth, depending on whether one counts Golden Days: Further Leaves from Mrs. Tim's Journal as half of Mrs. Tim Christie of a stand-alone) novel, Hester Christie comes to the English countryside to await her husband's return from Kenya, where he is currently
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last of the Mrs. Tim books takes us to the years following World War II. Enjoyable as the rest of the series. Am writing a blog review for MadReads and will post the link when it is available.
Austen to Zafón
This was a pleasant read, but Mrs Tim gets rather silly and annoying in some ways. It’s hard to believe that a military wife, who has dealt with many moves and rentals in her marriage, actually *forgot* she signed a lease, or what a lease means. Also, how can she not see that Tom is in love with her? For that matter, how can her husband have not noticed after all these years?

While it was relaxing to bathe in the still waters of a rose-colored view of 1950s middle-class British village life,
Dec 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love to laugh at the human dilemma
Delightful as always.

Mrs. Tim flies home from Africa after a prolonged stay with her husband after the war's end. She rents a house in Old Quinings and unravels a mystery about her house and the town schoolteacher. She also traps a human bull by the horns. Hester's children are growing into adults and she discovers that a friend is romantically interested in her daughter Betty.

This is the fourth installment of D.E. Stevenson's pseudo biography character Hester. She started writing the series
Katharine Holden
Shallow post-war sequel to Mrs. Tim of the Regiment (or, Mrs. Tim Christie). In this one, Mrs. Tim seems to have lost all her oomph. At one point a landlord demands she vacate a rental house on short notice. We readers are supposed to believe that Mrs. Tim, an army wife and veteran of many a household move, is too helpless to remember she signed a lease agreement for the house. Also, Mrs. Tim Flies Home purports to continue the series' use of diary entries. But Mrs. Tim Flies Home is written in ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meadows
Not sure why goodreads is saying this is my second time reading this because I definitely haven't ever read it before BUT: having read it I'm very well prepared to look at it on my shelf and smile at it in a cunning way like we've had an affair because I feel like this series and I know a secret no one else does - mainly because hardly anyone else has read this series, and also because I very much doubt the kind of people who Have read it have come to the same conclusions about how the main ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth and final Mrs. Tim book and I am exceedingly sad to have it all come to an end. I shall miss reading about Mrs. Tim, all her exploits, friends and family. How I wish there were more!
Just an absolutely fun and charming group of books.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Tim becomes less and less competent and more and more silly, but there are some bits I liked very much. Her endless naivete about the guy who is in love with her still drives me nuts, though.
I try not to judge books from earlier eras from a twenty first century standpoint, but I find it hard to see the Christies as the model family the author would have us believe they are. The teenage children at boarding school have not seen their parents for 18 months; the wife is leaving her husband for six months to spend only a few weeks of that time with her children. Dysfunctional hardly begins to cover it, and the war is long over so that is not a factor. I agree that services families must ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
"Mrs. Tim Flies Home" is the fourth and final book in D.E. Stevenson's "Mrs. Tim" series, which began with "Mrs. Tim of the Regiment" (pre-World War II), followed by "Mrs. Tim Carries On" (set during the war) and "Mrs. Tim Gets a Job" (the immediate post-war era).

This book was first published in 1952, and was recently reissued in a new edition for the first time in many years. Like the other "Mrs. Tim" books, it takes the form of a diary kept by Hester (Mrs. Tim) Christie, while her husband
Niki (nikilovestoread)
Mrs. Tim Flies Home is the fourth and last book in the Mrs. Tim series. I have enjoyed these books so much and am going to miss the characters. I could relate to Hester in so many ways as she navigated married life with children. They are wonderful, comfort reads. This time round, we read Hester's diary as she travels home from Kenya where she has been with her husband to England where she will be spending the summer holidays with her children. I loved seeing the kids growing through the series. ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final installation of the Mrs Tim series, neatly wraps up and gives the reader closure. We met again all the familiar characters. I was especially interested to find out what had happened to Annie, Betty and Bryan, as well as Major Morley.

It is always fun to read Hester's diary, and I always feel that I should really start journaling again. If only I had the time!

If you haven't read any of DE Stevenson's books and you're thinking of starting, I would highly recommend you begin with this
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORE Hester Christie. What a fascinating creature. She's proper but not fastidious. She's lively yet mellow. She's unassuming yet discerning. I endeavor to be half the woman Hester Christie is! For a bit I was slightly bewildered about her ignorance of Tony's undying devotion to her. But if she realized it, or rather, if the character of her realized it, there would be instant awkwardness and a severing of ties with him. Then we would be bereft of the special banter and mutual affection ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction, kindle
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Stephanie C
I wish there were a 5th book; I want to see them finally settled in their own house. And I'm just starting to like her children, now that they're grown up.

I loved the reference to Mr. Grace and Chevis Green!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these thoroughly corny, old-fashioned British novels!
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bed-books
A very soothing read at the time, but a month later I don't remember much about it.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, light and enjoyable. Written as only DE Stevenson can.
Debbie Brown
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-fiction
I didn't realize this was book 4, but I enjoyed it.
This is the final book in Stevenson's "Mrs. Tim" series about Hester Christie, a young(-ish, in this one) British wife and mother. This installment begins with Hester "flying home" to England from Kenya, where her husband, Tim, an Army officer, is stationed. She's taken a house in the small village of Old Quinings for the summer and fall, and in the way of the series, the book recounts her "adventures" there in journal form.

As with all the "Mrs. Tim" books, this book is character- and
This final book in the Mrs. Tim series, was like the others, a light, pleasant and fun read!

Hester Christie has now returned from Kenya where Tim is stationed. She has leased a house in the village of Old Quinings, and, coincidentally, she meets a future neighbor on the train coming home from London. On her way back, Hester has a stopover in Rome and she also comes across their old friend Tony Morley there, which is to have dire consequences for her later on.

But meanwhile, there are the usual
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Rounds out the Mrs. Tim stories in a fairly satisfying way, although to me it wasn't as good as Mrs. Tim Gets A Job. This one is set in the early 1950's, and Hester's husband Tim has a military post in Kenya. As the book opens, Hester is just flying home from a visit to see him. When she gets back to England, she rents a house and proceeds to rather enjoy a bit of solitude, though she knows she wouldn't like it for too long a period of time. Soon enough she gets involved in the stories and ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the last in the series about Mrs. Tim, the wife of an English career army officer. Mrs. Tim leaves Tim and their temporary station in Kenya to return to England for a visit with their children. Visiting an old Army friend in Rome en route leads to rumors and possible complications with her husband. Once in England, Mrs. Tim gets involved with the people and life in the small town where she is residing. Mrs. Tim is a delightful character, and her adventures usually recounted in a lightly ...more
Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Actually I didn't read this book. I read one called "The Two Mrs. Abbots" by the same author, but none of the searches could find it. D. E. Stevenson is one of my favorite authors because her books are always safe. No one gets hurt, even in war time. In this one, a middle aged woman, an elderly school teacher, and a young wife have some interesting interactions with soldiers that make everyone seem human, even the enemy. Great fun.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read a series like this. I've gotten to know Hester and I like her. I'm sorry that there are no more books in the series and it is left to my imagination as to what the rest of Hester's life would be like. A delightful series of books.
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot, though I was sad that Hester didn't see much of Tim in this book. But, there were some good vignettes with new characters that I enjoyed very much. Sad to see Mrs. Tim go--this is the last of the series.
A Christmas gift from the Einolanders, thank you!!!
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light predictable and very fun. Great of this genre
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to finish this book, because I didn't want to be done with the series. This is the fourth and final Mrs. Tim. I highly recommend them all.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this book everytime I read it.
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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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Mrs. Tim (4 books)
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