Being enamoured of English country life, I was delighted over the summer to learn of an older book by a Scottish author coming onto the Kindle format. I pre-ordered it from Amazon and it was available on Sept. 1. Within a few days, it quickly became a favorite.Written in 1934, Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson was a best seller at the time of publication. An Amazon review said:
Barbara Buncle is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara's bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel ... if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It's a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde's world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art?
Settle down on an autumn day and read this book for a captivating time with people you come to know as true neighbors.
I am currently reading Sarum (Edward Rutherfurd) on the Kindle app, enjoying his writing style and learning the history of England from his point of view. What are you reading?