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5.0 out of 5 starsDealing with a lonely child
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2020
A very interesting story showing how being a wealthy child but a lonely one is no substitute for having a loving family. This story also has its roots in the 2nd World War and how Austria fared.
2.0 out of 5 starsMy least favorite DE Stevenson book
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
I look forward to seeing DE Stevenson books that I haven't read. I enjoyed Sarah Morris remembers so I couldn't wait to read the final book in the series. In book one, Sarah & her brother Willy had a joke about the shepherds wife who whatever they asked said you'll have to ask (my husband). I felt like Sarah following her marriage turned into the shepherds wife. In book one, Sarah was capable. She decided to leave school and study languages and history and she did it. She traveled to France to live with a family and learn the language better. During the war she showed how capable she was in helping to run a bomb shelter & in fashioning her own career as a translator in a department store. Imagine how sad it was in book two to see this capable woman unable to make a decision without her husband. I'll have to ask Charles, I'll have to speak to Charles, I wish Charles was here... right down to making a decision about her own grandmother having an appendectomy or not. As much as I liked Charles & Sarah together in book one, it was sad to see Sarah disappear in book two. Maybe I'm viewing it all through 21st century glasses, but I felt like in other DE Stevenson books the women kept their personalities. They stayed capable. I didn't feel that way here.
2.0 out of 5 starsRead the good ones first; there are lots
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
I'm a dedicated DESsie, and am filling in the last few books to have a complete collection of her works. I'm thrilled that so many of them are being reprinted or coming out on Kindle, and am happy to have this one now. Some of her lesser books have kind of a boring drone to them, they're just not that much fun, as if she was depressed when she wrote them or something. Sarah Morris Remembers and Sarah's Cottage are two of the worst in that way, and even then there's nothing really wrong with them. They have their moments. Would I want to have tea with Sarah Morris? Nope. Sorry. So I've only reread this one a few times :-).
This is an enjoyable sequel, although as others have noted, it's nowhere near as good as Sarah Morris Remembers. It's a nice way to spend a bit more time with the characters. The plot meanders here and there, and it feels like the author eventually got tired of the story and decided to just end it right then and there.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy it! It's cozy and sweet and the characters are lovely (although Sarah is less interesting here than in the first story).
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
I have been a fan of DE Stevenson's novels for many years. My mother and I discovered these books when I was in high school in the 1960s, and I have loved them since that time. I was delighted to see them become available for Kindle readers. They are easy and pleasant reads--light and fun with characters any reader would enjoy meeting. They are all a look into a bygone age, but a pleasant time to be had in those pages.