What a fun book! Miss Buncle’s Book, by D.E. Stevenson, was a delight from beginning to end. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and I’m so glad I finally got to it. It made for a lovely reading weekend, and is highly recommended (by her granddaughter) as an antidote for stress and emotional exhaustion!
Or, as her granddaughter Wendy, who still lives in DE Stevenson’s home town of Moffat, puts it: the novels are ‘a soothing balm’ at times of stress and exhaustion.
Barbara Buncle has fallen on hard times financially, so she decides to try writing a novel. However, she can only write about what she knows, so she writes a book (using a pseudonym) about the little town she lives in. She has a keen eye and a talent for description as she writes about everyone in town. To her surprise, the book is published and becomes a best seller. It sells especially well in her hometown after neighbors realize the book is about them! Many are amused by it, but some are angry, and all want to know WHO wrote this novel?
It’s a delightfully humorous read, and I’m going to follow it up immediately with the sequel, Miss Buncle Married.