Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Book Review of Miss Buncle's Book

Simply put, Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson is charming.  Originally published in 1936, the book has been recently reprinted to introduce modern readers to the delightful writings of Mrs. Dorothy Emily (Stevenson) Peploe who wrote over 40 novels between the 1920's and 1970's.

Miss Buncle's Book is the perfect summer read.  It's a light and simple tale of a small English village that is shaken to its core when one of its occupants secretly writes a novel about her fellow residents.  Drawing inspiration from the everyday happenings of her surroundings, Miss Buncle finds herself in a precarious position when her neighbors discover the book is about them.  What's fascinating are the reactions of the various characters when they begin to see themselves through someone else's eyes. Some characters don't even recognize themselves and others are highly insulted.  The results of each one's perceptions are a tiny case in human psychology!

I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the follow-up to this book which finds Miss Buncle Married.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

Vicki said...

I'll have to see if my library has this one!