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Celia's House based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Celia’s House by D.E. Stevenson is a historical story set in Scotland starting in 1901. Celia Dunne is ninety years old in June 1901. Maurice Dunne and his wife, Nina have always thought that Dunnian House would go to them when Celia passed away. Celia has a different idea. She has decided to leave the house to Humphrey Dunne. Celia has certain conditions though. Humphrey could live in the house for his life and then the house would go to his daughter, Celia (Humphrey did not have a daughter named Celia). Miss Celia Dunne was certain he would have another child (a girl). Since Dunnian House was not entailed, Celia could leave to whom she wished. Humphrey was a navy man who spent most of time away from home. Humphrey was sure his wife, Alice would love have a permanent home for her and the children. Celia Dunne lived until September of 1901. Maurice and Nina were livid when they found out that they were not getting Dunnian House (they had such awful plans for the beautiful home). Alice loved the home and staff. Humphrey’s oldest son, Mark loves Dunnian House. He was saddened when he found out that it would not go to him (Mark became a doctor instead). Humphrey and Celia did have another daughter whom they named Celia (and she happened to look a lot like the elder Miss Celia Dunne). The book follows the family (Humphrey and Alice as well as their children as well as their young cousin, Deb) as they grow up and live at Dunnian house through 1942. Celia’s House is a charming and pleasant story. The book was written and published in 1943 (which you can tell from reading the book). I give Celia’s House 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a sweet story that does not contain sex, foul language (maybe a word or two), or violence. I wish I had discovered this book when I was younger (it is the type of book that I would have read and appreciated when I was 12 or 13). The book has a nice flow, but it lacked something (hard to explain). The book needed something more that would grab the reader and hold them. I received a complimentary copy of Celia's House from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.