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Summerhills | [D. E. Stevenson]

Summerhills

Summerhills continues the story of the lives and loves of the Ayrton family, in particular that of Major Roger Ayrton M.C., his brother, and three young half-sisters. Roger has made the Army his career. Anne has settled down as housekeeper to old Mr Orme, the rector. Nell looks after the old house, and it is upon her that the comfort and well-being of the family depend. A new generation is growing up. The story begins as Roger flies home to Amberwell on leave, full of plans for his family and home.
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Summerhills continues the story of the lives and loves of the Ayrton family, in particular that of Major Roger Ayrton M.C., his brother, and three young half-sisters.

Roger has made the Army his career. Anne has settled down as housekeeper to old Mr Orme, the rector. Nell looks after the old house, and it is upon her that the comfort and well-being of the family depend.

A new generation is growing up. The story begins as Roger flies home to Amberwell on leave, full of plans for his family and home.

©1955 D. E. Stevenson; (P)2008 Soundings

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    Marina Green Northern California USA 12-26-11
    Marina Green Northern California USA 12-26-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "Excellent sequel to "Amberwell""
    Would you listen to Summerhills again? Why?

    Years ago, I read as many of DE Stevenson's books as I could find but they are


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summerhills?

    In almost all of DE Stevenson's books, there is a moment when someone realizes they have been in love with someone else for a long time without knowing it, and this book is no exception.


    What about Lesley Mackie???s performance did you like?

    Lesley has a beautiful voice. Every word is clear and her accents are just enough to distinguish the different characters without going


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are a few very romantic moments that did make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a sequel to Amberwell, so it's best to read it after the first book, although it can stand on its own (all the characters and previous situations are explained). Also, I believe that DE Stevenson was related to Robert Louis Stevenson (a cousin?) so she came from a family of writers, and it shows.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09
    Julie Le Center, MN, USA 04-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved this entire series"

    These were really sweet novels. The author does a wonderful job depicting the secret world children build away from adults, the love of place that runs through generations for a family home, and bittersweet pain involved in having a "difficult" parent and living with the choices we make to escape that person....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri United States 05-23-10
    Jerri United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful followup."

    I very much enjoyed listening to this sequel to Amberwell. Lesley Mackie's voice is perfect for the series. I very much enjoyed following the continued lives of the Aryton family and their friends. I love books about Scotland and this one is high on my list.

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-03-13
    sharon san diego, california, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2007

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "Wonderful Sequal to Amberwell! Don't Miss this One"

    To Everyone who loves DE Stevenson Summer hills a sequel to Amber well is a must. Back are most of the characters in the first book.This book follows Anne ,Nell and Roger.
    It is gentle story of a Pastoral English country house and a way of life that was radically changed by the War.
    The narration is excellent and draws you in right away even if you did not listen to the first book, Amber well. I hope Audible offers more DE Stevenson Books to a new audience of fans.

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    "A charming tale"

    Existing readers of D.E. Stevenson will already know that her writing of family stories are rich in characters and settings, ranging from Victorian to post-war times. Always absorbing and with an emphasis on family values, this book is a great example of a style of writing now out of fashion. She wrote with a direct simplicity and just 'tells a story' that keeps you engrossed and wanting to find out more. Relax and enjoy this gentle family story.

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    "A snapshot of a slower, gentler time"
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    What can anyone say about D.E.Stevenson? Her writing is a nostalgic, gentle, glimpse of a vanished world that still existed in the 20th century, yet must seem incomprehensible to those who have known nothing but internet based high speed lives. I think it's so hard to describe precisely because it is so near in time, and not yet 'history' in the way Dickens and Heyer novels are accepted. Summerhills, the follow up to Amberwell, is a quiet relaxing listen, never wildly exciting, but comforting as an occasional alternative to faster paced stories. Of the 2 novels, Amberwell was better, but Lesley Mackie read both beautifully.

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