Monday, October 28, 2019

Miss Hargreaves


I read a book that is so amazing and original that I am putting it on my list of 20 top favorite all time novels I've read.
"Miss Hargreaves" by Frank Baker.
Written in 1940 and set in England, a college age man named Norman and his friend Henry invent an eccentric old lady to explain their presence to a sexton in an old Irish church where they shouldn't be. As part of this lark they enjoyed making up all sorts of details about her. They decided her name is Miss Hargreaves (pronounced Har graves), she is 83, eccentric, travels with her talking parrot, dog, harp and a bath.
On a whim  Norman sends her a note inviting her to come visit him and his parents and sister, making up where to send it. The most amazing thing happens. Miss Hargreaves received the note and  arrives in town, causing Norman much fear and trepidation. She is sure they are old and very dear friends, which is pretty much impossible to explain to his family, his girlfriend, and circle of friends in town.
Miss Hargreaves establishes herself in town and amazing things happen.
I will say no more. I enjoyed reading it. Some reviewers didn't like it, as is always the case, people's reading tastes vary. I bought a used copy online and it is a keeper, one to loan to friends. In the comments Rita says she found online an audible copy, now that is one I would like to listen to.

35 comments:

Sandi said...

I need to read it, but I am guessing she is a lonely lady who leaps at the chance for adventure and pretends to be Mrs. Hargreaves...or dreams come true and they made her become real because books are amazing like that. ;-) Am I close?

Olga said...

Sounds good!

Kay said...

Thank you so much! I shall add it to my list.

Lark said...

This does sound like fun! Here's hoping my library has a copy. :D

Rita said...

Oh my! I found it online in an audio book for free! Thanks.
https://archive.org/details/MissHargreavesByFrankBaker

Susan Kane said...

What a crazy fun book!

Latane Barton said...

That sounds like so much fun to read. I am happy you shared it so I may put it on my reading list.

Nan said...

I know that Simon at http://www.stuckinabook.com/ loves this book, and I keep meaning to read it. I think your nudge is just what I needed!

Mari said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. I'm going to try to find it!

Ann Thompson said...

Sounds like a good book

Granny Marigold said...

I checked and our local library doesn't have anything at all by Frank Baker. Rats! I guess it's out of print by now. Sure sounds interesting.

Ann said...

It sounds wonderful and now I have to read it!!

kath001 said...

Now I'm so excited to read it. Just bought a used copy on Amazon. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

This sounds like a really fun book...I need something entertaining but not the 'beach read' sort of thing. I just started Olive Kitteridge at the suggestion of a friend. its a bit dated but I understand the author has a sequel. Have you read it?

Jane

Betsy said...

That does sound like a great book. I haven't been reading nearly as much as I used to. I'm addicted to U-Tube videos while I knit and crochet. I hope you enjoy the rest of your reading time.
Blessings,
Betsy

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Terra - it sounds delightful ... I've noted to read via the library ... cheers Hilary

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh that sounds so interesting. I must look this one up when I finally get my new library card. Since we moved recently I haven't gotten established yet at the library here...and I've been too busy to do much reading anyway...but with the onset of these "long winter nights" upon us, I will probably be doing more reading. This one sounds so intriguing. Thanks!!

Jeanie said...

I've never heard of this and it sounds delightful! Thanks, Terra!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll definitely look for this book! It sounds great and I've just finished a book that was a chore to get through. lol Have your read the Kopp sisters series by Amy Stewart? I'm going to read her newest book next...I can't wait! They are GREAT fun!!! You would love them Terra!

Barb said...

Hi Terra~

Always looking for a good book, thanks for telling us about this one, it looks like a great read!!

Hugs and Love,
Barb

Dee said...

Hello! And thanks for the info on the book. Because of Glaucoma, I'm only comfortable with e-books that I read on my iPad. I can enlarge the type and that makes all the difference. So I'll see if our library has the book. If not, perhaps Amazon will have it. It sounds like a delightful read. Peace.

DawnTreader said...

This tickled my curiosity, so I checked to see if it was available for Kindle, which it was. As I also had a gift card credit to use there, I downloaded it straight away! Looking forward to reading it soon. :)

Joanne said...

Oh my this sounds like a fun read! I will check it out!
Blessings, Joanne

Liz Hinds said...

Oh that sounds good. I'll have to look for it. Have you read Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

Liz Hinds said...

Okay, just ordered it for my kindle!

Little Penpen said...

I've GOT To find this book... sounds great!

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

Top ten of all times is a pretty impressive recommendation for a book. Sounds like a fun read.

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

Oops, top 20 but still impressive. LOL

Bijoux said...

I might have to check that book out. I love to read. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Sounds like a great and interesting read ... clever and original! My favorite kind of story. I will make a note of it. xoxo

Shelia said...

Oh, you've challenged me. I don't read a book very often any more but this sounds so good. Thank you for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I have never heard of this and it sounds wonderful!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I have never heard of this and it sounds wonderful! Will need to try to find a copy!

Saimi said...

Oh my goodness that sounds fun! I love to read but find it challenging. When I get into a really good book, all I want to do is read until I finish it and everything arounds me suffers as a result. So when you mentioned the audio version my ears perked up. I love audio books because I can keep doing what I do and enjoy a book at the same time. I'll have to look that one up.
Thanks for the review and a sneak peek!
Saimi

Little Wandering Wren said...

I love seeing what others enjoy reading as I'm in two book clubs and we are always being asked for book suggestions! Top 20 books that's a big call, you've got me thinking what would be in my top 20 now!
Happy reading.
Wren x