Pretty, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a guest of her Aunt Agnes at the magnificent wooded estate of Rushwater, falls head over heels for handsome playboy David Leslie. Meanwhile, Agnes and her mother, the eccentric matriarch Lady Emily, have hopes of a different, more suitable match for Mary. At the lavish Rushwater dance party, her future happiness hangs in the balance . . .
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About the Author
Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) wrote many works of fiction and non-fiction, including twenty-nine 'Barsetshire' novels, which won her great popularity and acclaim. The first of these, High Rising, was published in 1933. Her relatives included Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, and her godfather was JM Barrie. She was twice married and had four children.
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Wild Strawberries based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is basically a re-working of the plot of Mansfield Park in a 1930s setting, but it's none the worse for that. A jolly country house romp with some splendid comic characters and a butler called Gudgeon: what more could you want? Well, a bit of quality control from Moyer Bell would have been nice. Far too many OCR errors in this reprint, yet again.
Comparing this to the first Thirkell I read, August Folly, I'd say I enjoyed the characters much more but I found the story line to be slow-starting. Lady Emily and Madame Boulle are hoots but the whole thing didn't have much momentum until a bit over halfway through it.