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Existing readers of D.E. Stevenson will already know that her writing of family stories are rich in characters and settings, ranging from Victorian to post-war times. Always absorbing and with an emphasis on family values, this book is a great example of a style of writing now out of fashion. She wrote with a direct simplicity and just 'tells a story' that keeps you engrossed and wanting to find out more. Relax and enjoy this gentle family story.
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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.
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These were really sweet novels. The author does a wonderful job depicting the secret world children build away from adults, the love of place that runs through generations for a family home, and bittersweet pain involved in having a "difficult" parent and living with the choices we make to escape that person....
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Would you listen to Summerhills again? Why?
Years ago, I read as many of DE Stevenson's books as I could find but they are
What was one of the most memorable moments of Summerhills?
In almost all of DE Stevenson's books, there is a moment when someone realizes they have been in love with someone else for a long time without knowing it, and this book is no exception.
What about Lesley Mackie???s performance did you like?
Lesley has a beautiful voice. Every word is clear and her accents are just enough to distinguish the different characters without going
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are a few very romantic moments that did make me cry.
Any additional comments?
This is a sequel to Amberwell, so it's best to read it after the first book, although it can stand on its own (all the characters and previous situations are explained). Also, I believe that DE Stevenson was related to Robert Louis Stevenson (a cousin?) so she came from a family of writers, and it shows.
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