P.S. Don'T Tell Your Mother

P.S. Don'T Tell Your Mother

by Margo Bates

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P.S. Don'T Tell Your Mother 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thewrittenword More than 1 year ago
This story has it all. Humour, family values & ties, easy to read, set in a simpler time of life, dynamics between a variety of characters, touching, attention to detail, nostalgia; yet underneath serious themes. I believe the more you read it the more you get out of it. I was spellbound from the first. It is the kind of book you don't want to put down until you finish it. If you have ever lived in a small town in the 50's/60's, this story will have you reminiscing. It gave me the warm fuzzies....actually, just writing this review, I think I will go pull the book off the shelf and read it yet again!
Ms_Marlena More than 1 year ago
P.S. Please Don't Tell Your Mother was entertaining, heart-warming and funny. It brought back memories of my own childhood and I found myself laughing out loud at the hilarious antics of Nana Noonan. I highly recommend this book.
WhoSaidThat More than 1 year ago
With so many books in the world, I generally reserve my repeat reads to certain timeless classics. An exception to that rule is P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother by Margo Bates. I've read it three times thus far and it occupies a permanent place on my "favorites" shelf. , Margo Bates is a gifted writer and a natural story teller with a phenomenal memory for detail. Her colorful characters and the relationships between them make for both rich and relatable reading. The story takes place in the late '50's and early '60's and will strike a chord with anyone who grew up in that time. The Northern British Columbia setting is different enough (for us non-Canadians) to add interest while reminding that life and trouble in other places and times is not all that different. I love the way the author sneaks in little bits and pieces of the story through the (sometimes naïve) narrative of young Maggie, and in the letters between her and her wacky-but-loveable Nana. Crack shot, Nana, sometimes lets her Irish temper get the better of her. That's especially true with respect to "That Damn Jehovah" who keeps trying to save her. Oh My. This book will appeal to anyone who misses the sweet innocence of another time. To those who like slightly off-center characters, and to anyone who loves to laugh. It's a charming, fun book with carefully disguised depth - and you'll probably recognize a relative or two along the way. I hope we'll see more from Margo Bates. She stands a very good chance of being ranked as one of our great contemporary authors.
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dharris More than 1 year ago
You don't have to ever have lived in a small town to enjoy the characters and amusing scenarios that take place in this book. P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother is a light read about the relationship between a granddaughter and her eccentric & prejudiced grandmother as she encounters the most comical dilemmas. Being a fellow Irish Anglican who spent some of my youth in the small Village of Telwka, and now as an adult once again living in a small Village, I relate to the characters and amusing scenarios that take place and can't seem to stop laughing out loud. The events and characters (especially that damned Jehovah) are so much a part of small town life and this book will make anyone who has ever spent time in a small town, laugh and laugh until tears are flowing. What a lot of great 'Nan' memories you have re-created Margo!
ellisRP More than 1 year ago
Not only have I read this book once, but have actually read it several times. Having grown up in the same era as the main character, Maggie, I can relate totally with her young "wisdom". As well, my father grew up in the northern area where she lives so the towns and areas she mentions bring back memories for me of summer holidays long since past. Margo's story telling style makes her book easy to get into and stick with until the end. It is full of the hi jinx that Nana Noonan gets into with that irritating jehovah and the "all knowing" Maggie's opinions and ideas. There are several other characters that get into the act in one way or the other too, all creating a book I am sure most anyone would enjoy.