Thursday, December 5, 2019

Book Beginning: Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell



The owner of Laverings looked out of his bedroom window on a dewy June morning.

-- Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell. This country-house comedy was first published in 1939. It is part of a series, but the first one I've read. I keep seeing Angela Thirkell books on Instagram and wanted to read one at Christmas time because they looked charming and cozy.

From the publisher's description:
Jack Middleton likes to imagine himself a country squire. At weekends he retires to Laverings Estate with his wife, Catherine. He may be pompous, and they may seem ill-matched, but the couple are devoted to each other.

When Jack's widowed sister, Lilian, and her two stepchildren arrive to spend the summer in the neighbouring house, he dreads the intrusion to his idyll: Daphne, capable and ambitious, is too lively for his taste, whereas her brother Denis, a composer, he finds a crashing bore. But their wit and good sense charm the residents of Barchester, and they win over Lord Bond with an impromptu Gilbert and Sullivan evening. Even Jack begins to thaw.

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In the distance Mrs. Middleton could hear the stable clock chiming eleven from Staple Park and roused herself. There was shopping to be done in the village, the report of the District Nursing Association of which she was secretary to be finished, and a dozen small household odds and ends awaiting her.

20 Days to Christmas!

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