Sunday, November 15, 2020

Miss Plum and Miss Penny, set in a 1950s English village

 

This book is a delightful novel, so interesting that you may read it quickly, as I did. Such turmoil in a small quiet English village in the 1950s. Some bachelors and the unmarried Miss Penny lead a life of quiet pleasures, of ice skating and sharing tea, when Miss Plum bursts on the scene. She is a complete mystery and Miss Penny saves her from drowning in a pond and takes her home to recover. Miss Plum was trying to drown herself, she had lost the will to live. Miss Plum is rather young, apparently has no talents, no money, no family, and Miss Penny finds her a tedious house guest and can’t get her to leave. There is a possible air of menace around Miss Plum. Is she as clueless as she seems?

In addition there are potential love interests for Miss Penny, including a young man she loved 20 years ago, although the local bachelors find Miss Plum intriguing at first. Miss Penny is taking the occasion of turning 40 to consider her life, past and what she would like in the future. A fun tale. 

This book is brought back to print and Kindle by Furrowed Middlebrow Publishers, and they have a good list of novels from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. I am deciding which of their books to buy next, lots of them look great. I already purchased two: Vittoria Cottage by D.E. Stevenson and Family Ties by Celia Buckmaster.

23 comments:

Sandi said...

It sounds like a wonderful story!

Rian said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I will check it out on my kindle. Thanks for mentioning it.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

That sounds like a fun little book. I may have to "check that out" when I go to the library again. I've been kind of away from reading for a while because I've spent my extra time doing genealogy research, and now I am about done with that and will need to do some reading during the winter months. So thank you for the ideas!

Eileen T said...

Thanks for the review. I've now download it to my Kindle as one of my Christmas reads.

dori said...

Books can be best friends of the reading soul!

Kathy said...

This sounds good. I am going to have to check it out.

Ann said...

sounds like a fun read

Betsy said...

That sounds like a good book for my kindle. Thanks for the recommendation.
Blessings,
Betsy

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Sounds delightful and I love the cover

Mystica said...

Sounds delightful

Sue in Suffolk said...

All the Furrowed Middlebrow/Dean Street Press books are always straight onto my wish list!
Haven't read this one yet - I'm looking forward to it even more now

Margaret D said...

Seems a nice book to read.

Kathie said...

This went right on my Amazon list!

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The Feminine Energy said...

I just ordered this book for my Kindle, Terra. Thank you for the recommendation. I love them!! ~Andrea xoxo

NanaDiana said...

That sounds like a good read. I have only ever had one houseguest I couldn't wait to be rid of--a friend of my husbands. I had to be devious to get him out...lol. xo Diana

Inger said...

There's nothing better to read about that happenings in a quiet English village back in the day. Thanks for this review.

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LyzzyBee said...

I really enjoyed this for the dark undertones that sort of undermined the cosiness.

Pensive Pensioner said...

The book sounds like a lovely gentle read. I'll look out for it, thank you Terra x

Vagabonde said...

I am making a note of that book, thank you. Right now with all the problems we face reading about another time is relaxing. I just finished an Agatha Christie’s book written in the 1930s and it was enjoyable.

Liz Hinds said...

Going to have google this book.

Granny Annie said...

I check my books out of the library as e-books or audio books. This is a free service. No books were available by Dorothy Evelyn Smith. Too bad because it looks like a good read. You have a nice blog.