Summerhills continues the story of the lives and loves of the Ayrton family, in particular that of Major Roger Ayrton M.C., his brother, and three young half-sisters. Roger has made the Army his career. Anne has settled down as housekeeper to old Mr Orme, the rector. Nell looks after the old house, and it is upon her that the comfort and well-being of the family depend. A new generation is growing up. The story begins as Roger flies home to Amberwell on leave, full of plans for his family and home.More
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A charming tale
A snapshot of a slower, gentler time
What can anyone say about D.E.Stevenson? Her writing is a nostalgic, gentle, glimpse of a vanished world that still existed in the 20th century, yet must seem incomprehensible to those who have known nothing but internet based high speed lives. I think it's so hard to describe precisely because it is so near in time, and not yet 'history' in the way Dickens and Heyer novels are accepted. Summerhills, the follow up to Amberwell, is a quiet relaxing listen, never wildly exciting, but comforting as an occasional alternative to faster paced stories. Of the 2 novels, Amberwell was better, but Lesley Mackie read both beautifully.