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The Abbey Girls in Town

(The Abbey Girls #15)

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124 pages
Published (first published 1925)
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Kerry
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 7, childrens
I did like this one more than the other one, as it didn't go on about Mary Dorothy as much. But it still did and I'll be glad when they leave that plot thread (but not the character) behind. ...more
Daisy May Johnson
Once you do an Abbey reread, you can't stop. Though I was much more intrigued by the middle-aged spy drama happening in the background of this cover, and disappointed that it did not appear in the actual text itself, this was pleasant. Pleasant! It's such an empty word and yet sometimes it's full of everything that something actually is. I could not tell you what happened here, nor could I really remember who is who and what was what, but I can tell you that Mary-Dorothy is a cabbage, Joy remain ...more
Clare O'Beara
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
By 'town' the author means, as women of her time did, London. Less well off people would have called the city the Big Smoke. In this book the young women Joan and Joy live in the country at a manor and abbey, but they come to London to learn country dancing. They've been doing these dances regularly but over the years and miles steps have altered and now they learn them the original way and new dances they hadn't tried.
This series is quite sweet but dated and the women marry very eligible men w
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Verity W
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not a big EJO reader, but this was quite ok. I suspect my version was abridged so I may not have got the whole experience. This centres on country dancing and the girls in town viewed through the eyes of a new arrival. I enjoyed it - although I was glad that there weren't too many in depth descriptions of the actual dancing! ...more
Caroline Bennett
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, orphans
I really want to read more of these. The plotting was strange, it felt more like real life than the plot of your standard "girl's book". I was far more interested in Mary and Biddy than in Joy and Jen, so I wished we'd spent even more of the book focused on them really. ...more
Avril
I love these mid-series Abbey books, with the girls "young and free", as Rosemary Auchmuty describes them in 'A World of Women'. Not only do they have Woolf's room of one's own, they have entire estates and fortunes of their own. Lovely escapism. ...more
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