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Mrs. Tim Christie

(Mrs. Tim #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  963 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Tenth May, 1934. At this moment I look up and see the Man Who Lives Next Door standing on his doorstep watching my antics, and disapproving (I feel sure) of my flowered silk dressing gown. Probably his own wife wears one of red flannel, and most certainly has never been seen leaning out of the window in it - The Awful Carrying On of Those Army People - he is thinking.Vivac ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 665 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by G. K. Hall & Company (first published 1932)
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classic reverie
I would love to read the rest of the Mrs. Tim series, waiting for the Kindle version. I started reading D. E. Stevenson around two years ago and fell in love with her stories, so I decided on Mrs. Tim, which even though there is humor in her other books, it mostly romance that drives the story forward but Mrs. Tim was humor in life and quite abundant. I noticed a quality of looking at life akin to Elizabeth von Arnim's Elizabeth series, which I loved. Being in diary form was not the reason for t ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I have been reading all the Bloomsbury Group series of books.

Summary: Mrs. Tim is the wife of Captain Tim, they have two children a boy and a girl and live with the Regiment in England. Mrs. Tim writes in her diary from the period of January to June detailing the daily life she lives paying particular attention to the eccentric characters surrounding her and the humorous events that can happen in simple village life. Then Mrs. Tim's life is unsettled as the Captain is transfe
Donna Jo Atwood
Back when I was in High School I read a ton of D.E. Stevenson's books, but I don't remember reading this one, although I know it was in our library.
Anyway, if you like gentle reads with not much going on set in an England that is/was like none of my midwestern American life you might enjoy these. It is comparable to the Miss Read books. Or for a more contemporary author, Jan Karon. The perfect read with a cup of tea and scones.
rachael gibson
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few negative reviews of this book which claim that 'nothing happens' - but for me that's almost part of the appeal as it makes you focus entirely on Stevenson's writing.

It reminded me slightly of Denis Mackail's Greenery Street; another book set in a similar area which simply covers the day-to-day life of married couple without much in the way of a plot - again, it's all about the writing.

Mrs Tim, as you've no doubt read, is an edited version of the diary written by Stevenson herself
Jess (Primrose)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It was one that I completely savored each bout of reading. Hester Christie is an absolute dear and an utterly intriguing woman. I found her to be witty, self deprecating, intelligent, and completely unaware of her worth. From the first glimpse into her initial diary entry, I knew she was a character I would eventually dearly wish I could be friends with. There are a handful of books in which I want to claim the characters as friend: Anne Shirley, Flavia de Luce, Nancy Drew, B ...more
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read March, 2017
Mrs. Tim had to be part of my road trip of books in preparation for my upcoming UK trip. We will be staying a couple of nights in Aviemore, so Mrs. Tim's vacation in the Highlands was perfect. Too bad I won't have a car so I could actually go to Avielochan.

Re-read Jan. 2015
I need to clear the cobwebs from my brain with my dear Mrs. Tim.

Original Review
Thank-you, thank-you Bloomsbury group for re-issuing this book that has been out of print for many years! I can't even g
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mother, especially a SAHM
Shelves: favorites
I loved, loved, loved this dear book. It was also published under the title "Mrs. Tim Christie." It was written in 1936 yet the situations that the main character, Hester (Mrs. Christie) experiences are timeless and universal...and hilarious at times! The book is written in a diary format by Hester; she is the wife of an English military officer and her life and times as an officer's wife and mother of two in pre WWII England are just so interesting to me. I laughed out loud in the first page of ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, because the first half of the book in particular is like a much less cynical version of E.M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady. While the Provincial Lady's biting wit can be extremely funny, Mrs. Tim seems to have more of a cheerfully humorous outlook on life and people in general, and to be rather a better housekeeper and more affectionate with her husband and children. It's refreshing to read a book where a woman reflects on how well she loves her husband (even if it's a l ...more
1932 or 1934 (debatable? different dates in different places).

This was the beginning for Dorothy Emily Stevenson. Taken from her diary as an army wife, spruced up for publication of course. Very reminiscent of E. M. Delafield's "Diary of a Provincial Lady" in tone, similar sense of humor and scope. Delafield's was published two years earlier if the 1934 publication date is correct, but this diary was supposedly written years before that. I wonder if they read each other.

Thoughts. Not very inst
A re-read.

I hadn't read this one in years and had forgotten how entertaining it is!

Mrs. Tim, (Hester Christie), a British Army wife, goes through ups and downs from life at the barracks to life in Scotland, as they are transferred and Tim gets a promotion. Her anecdotes about housekeeping, servants, organizing the home and dealing with new neighbors (in between raising her two children, Betty and Bryan), are so fun to read!

There are dinner parties, afternoon teas, awkward social situations, and
D. E. Stevenson IG read along hosted by @bagfullofbooks - January 2019
May 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat witty but mostly dull diary-turned-novel. This is my least favorite read of Stevenson so far for several reasons, the first being the absence of a decent plot. There was no real rising action or climax to speak of, which makes the journey unsatisfying and the ending lackluster at best.

A little over halfway through, I started skimming the long narratives by minor characters (i.e., any time Mrs. Falconer opens her mouth) and the overlong descriptions of irrelevant people and places, al
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realism

I believe this is an alternate title for Mrs Tim of the Regiment.

Stevenson's second "novel" is essentially her diary with the names changed. Not as polished as her later work (unsurprising since she wasn't allowed to get an education or write while growing up) it is still quite insightful, warm, and humorous.
Niki Estes
I'm not sure where to start with my review of Mrs. Tim of the Regiment except to day it has become an absolute favorite of mine. Hester, the narrator, is so delightful and I love reading her diary entries of her life. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions while reading it and even described some of the scenes to my kids and husband who all thought it sounded funny, too. The book consists largely of two parts (which makes sense as it was originally published as two books that were combined for ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was able to read this in Kindle format by borrowing it from someone for two weeks. The Kindle format sometimes misses punctuation, which can be distracting, but to a tolerable degree.
This book is technically two books put together, but I understand that they have pretty much always been published together, and there is nothing to indicate where one stops and the other begins.
Hester Christie is the wife of a military man, which means that her life can change at any moment if her husband is assign
Ordinarily, this would be just my kind of book. I am partial to novels written from the 30's to the 50's that focus on the quiet lives of seemingly ordinary people. Nothing seems to happen, but small things take on great importance. And women have a very special, very limited place in their community.

So, this book (adapted from the diary of a regimental wife) written in 1934 sounded like something I would just revel in. But, even for my modest expectations, NOTHING happened. What was missing fo
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting something a bit sappy, but instead Mrs Tim of the Regiment turned out to be a perfectly delightful look at the peripetic life of a military wife. Except for the surfeit of servants, there's nothing to date this book, even though it was published in the 1930s and probably reflect experiences that occurred to author D.E. Stevenson shortly after World War I.

Hester Christie, despite her prim name, is a fun-loving and strong-minded young woman with some wonderful friends. She makes h
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out on a high note and I was enjoying myself quite a lot. But then they went to Scotland and it dragged and dragged.

I think, because this book is based on her actual diary, that a good edit was in order for the second half. Because they were on holiday and her husband was posted away, there wasn't all that much going on and she wasn't even preoccupied with running her own household, so there were not as many of the amusing little episodes that sustained the first half.

Still, pe
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of D.E. Stevenson before randomly finding this book on Amazon as one of those "customers who bought that also bought this" selections. I am a little smitten by this book. So fun. It's not exciting but it is charming. It is full of domestic squabbles and concerns, quirky friendships, interesting characters and witty conversation and observations that bring Jane Austen's humor to mind. I only wish that the other "Mrs Tim" books had also been reprinted so that I could have a littl ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love most of D. E. Stevenson's work & especially the books about Mrs. Tim. Hester is a dear, & the other characters always interesting. The books bubble with engaging friends & foes, gentle humor & action agreeably sprinkled with food, clothes & housekeeping details that only improve the pleasure for the reader. Who can resist imagining their life with afternoon tea & a devoted helper in the house? Not me!
I quite liked the diary format and engaging heroine to start out, thinking it rather like Diary of a Provincial Lady in charm and humor, but with its own vivid characters and setting. However, the end rather fell off: the heroine becomes far too Mary-Sue-ish (with multiple men madly in love with her) and the tone more schmaltzy and less witty. I did generally enjoy it, though.
Marta Perry
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so delighted to see that the Bloomsbury Group was reprinting this title by one of my favorite British authors. This series of books about Mrs. Tim is different from Stevenson's usual novels, in that the books are in the form of a diary. There are four books in the series, and I have ordered used copies of the other three. They give such a wonderful portrait of England during World War II...just what it was like for ordinary people. Loved it!

Marta Perry
Julie S.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5) I loved this and giggled at
least once each page for the first half of the book. It was delightful because it was so ordinary-- just the day to day happenings of Hester Christie told with sharp insight into her fellow characters.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Read all the D. E. Stevenson books years ago. Suggested by Goodreads because I read Green Dolphin Street.
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Tim is the most popular wife in the regiment, and her lively diary entries describing daily events, misadventures, and surviving on a budget make several fun volumes.
Hannah Garden
Sep 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! I love stuff my Mom recommends, it is so sweet.
Jannah (Cloud Child)
I find that this author's books as softly comforting, they don't necessarily grab you by the face and order you to go down the twisty turns of the roller coaster with them, but they softly hold your hand and meander alongside you for a nice walk through the park or forest.
Anyhow the character of Hester or Mrs Tim Christie as she is known by her peers and community, gathered from the contents of her diary a seemingly very self conscious self aware woman, to the point of anxiety. I often related t
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Based on the author's experience as the wife of an Army officer in early 20th century. She loaned her personal diary to a friend whose daughter was engaged to an officer in a Highland Regiment and was wondering what military life would be like. "There was nothing secret in my diary so I gave it to Mrs. Ford to read." When the family returned the diary, they told the author that "we laughed until we cried" and suggested she turn it into an "amusing book." She did, after adding a few bits to "pep ...more
Even though this was the first book of the Mrs. Tim's series by D. E. Stevenson, it took me a while to find a copy of the book so it was in fact the last one I happened to read in the series. While I did enjoy reading it, I must say it was my least favorite, but then it has been quite some time since I read the other novels. Mrs. Tim appears from the language given to be a wife that is at her best when with her husband, but when she is away from him due to his work, I glean ambiguous activity as ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D. E. Stevenson books are comfort food for the soul. Mrs. Tim Christie, Hester, is the loving wife of Captain Tim. She is the mother of two children, a son and a daughter. The story opens with family life and army life, gracefully juggled. Hester is kind, thoughtful, a worker and a helper. She watches over her families (army and children) with love and tenderness. In the course of the story, she sends her young son to boarding school, moves the family to a new assignment, makes new friends,and s ...more
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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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