Crafted by the creator of the beloved Mrs. Pollifax series, this little gem of a novel sparkles with romance and intrigue. The story whisks you to the enchanting rural abode known as Thale’s Folly, whose occupants are anything but fools. As you get to know these charming people and their magical home, a delicious scent of mystery infuses the fresh country air.
Andrew Thale is not exactly thrilled when his overbearing father sends him on an errand to assess the property inherited from an eccentric aunt. Andrew is intrigued though, when he finds the house fully occupied. Its odd and interesting residents have a calming effect on him, especially the beautiful young woman named Tarragon. But his arrival seems to have set a series of mysterious events into motion. Narrator John McDonough’s engaging performance lets you share in the excitement and camaraderie. Like Andrew Thale, you will want to linger in this mellow country haven.
©1999 Dorothy Gilman Butters (P)1999 Recorded Books
I loved and cherished every moment of this book. James McDonough narrated it and it was such a joy listening to him. He is like an old friend as he narrated the Mitford series by Jan Karon.
Dorothy Gilman wrote the Mrs. Pollifax series which I also loved and adored. What a gift she has for transporting me to another place and time, to help me experience the story as if I were surrounded by it...I cannot wait to read more of her books, so I do not remain depressed since this book ended too quickly.
Thales Folly was a joy, and I have bought the paperback book so I can share it with everyone. This book demonstrates the beauty of a simple, innocent life far away from the bustle of "reality" and worldly greed. The life these lovely people built, living off the land, and being in touch with nature, and their inherent knowledge that each person comes into your life on purpose, to help you fulfill your purpose and theirs, nothing happens accidentally, and your future cannot be what it will, without your past...all simple lessons, and ones we should be reminded of often.
If you like the feeling of curling up in front of a fire with a good book, then this is that sort of book. It is a charming mystery with little twists. It inspired me to make evening tea with fresh thyme I was growing in a pot on my porch; and I will never smell thyme again without remembering this story.
This is not a violent or graphic novel. The plot and characters are interesting. Mr. McDonough's narration is wonderful. Overall, a nice, light listen with engaging characters and great narration.
I was drawn quickly into the story and my attention was held captive until the end.
I like his voice, he doesn't try to change for each character, but still reads so each person is distinct.
No, but I looked forward to the times when I was able to listen.
This is one of the best books I've listened to by Dorothy Gilman. I've been a fan of the Mrs. Pollifax series (read by Barbara Rosenblat) for the last year and decided to listen to others by Ms. Gilman. However, my enjoyment was greatly enhanced by the reading style of John McDonough!
I really enjoyed this book. Learned lots from all the odd characters and their love for each other and their lot in life.
The surprise ending with the haughty father and death of the favorite lady,
I appreciated the subtle underlying sovereignty of God. It encouraged me.
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