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Marriage to her publisher, Arthur Abbott, has done nothing to stop Barbara Buncle from involving herself in the lives of her neighbours.

After leaving Silverstream and moving to London, Barbara and Arthur are enjoying their newly wedded bliss, but not the city life. The only solution to their problem? Returning to the country. Silverstream is out of the question, but Barbara eventually finds the perfect candidate in the town of Wandlebury.

After falling in love with the town, and the run-down Archway House, the Abbotts move in and make it their home. Barbara doesn’t intend to get mixed up with those around her, again, but can’t help falling into those scrapes, often with humorous consequences!

©1936 D. E. Stevenson (P)2010 Soundings

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A comfortable story

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This book is a very comfortable tale of Britain between WWI and WWII. The narrator does an excellent job supplying a variety of voices to add depth to the characters. I enjoyed hearing about daily life in the 1930s. That said--this is a continuation of an earlier DE Stevenson book --Miss Buncle's Book. The reader needs to be aware that it picks up where that book ends. However, they are very different books. I found the first book to be very funny. The exchanges between the characters and their reactions to life in the village of Silverstream were at times laugh out loud hysterical. In this book the character development and exploration were more superficial and spotty. For me the humor missed the mark. It was, as I have said before, a comfortable story but a bit plodding. Less quirky and in the end less entertaining. I had expected and looked forward to a continuation of the story telling style of the first book, it just never happened. Still--all in all --a pleasant listen.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Constance
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 02-18-11

Charming, funny, gentle yet witty story

This charming English village story is only a very little less witty than the first book of the series, Miss Buncle's Book, which sets the bar almost unfairly high for this genre. Elegantly crafted, delightful and amusing story chronicles Miss Buncle's happy marriage to her publisher from the previous book, a village romance, and the interactions of various quirky folks in Miss B's circle. It is a "nice" story but NOT insipid! If you like Jane Austen and Mrs. Gaskell you will enjoy this well-narrated tale.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Even better

I very much enjoyed the audiobook version of Miss Buncle's Book, so was delighted to find Patricia Gallimore's reading of the sequel, Miss Buncle Married. I was delighted to discover that she did an even better job reading this book than the first in the series! The characters come to life, and take the listener to the English Village of Wandlebury, where we and Miss Buncle, now Mrs Abbott, get to meet her new neighbors and experience village life to the full.

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  • Harriet
  • Westlake, OH, United States
  • 06-03-12

I love Miss Buncle!

This is just a great fun story! THere is a little romance and just good clean english fun. Life in a small village. Ms. Stevenson really does a great job with character development. I found that once I start listening I don't want the story to end. I think Miss Buncle is someone that most of us can sort of identify with. This is a book that the children and I can comfortably listen to while working together on some kitchen project or riding along in the car. I did have to buy the next book in the series almost immediately to find out what happened next.

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  • Holly
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 07-25-10

Delicious prose...

This delightful narration of a book that actually makes me laugh out loud comes warmly recommended. The narrator does a superb job at capturing male and female characters in a convincing manner. The plot is fun and the setting is quintessentially English. I wish I could spend my summer vacation in Wandlebury with the Abbotts coming to tea.

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Miss Bunkle/Mrs. Abbott series

I adore the entire Miss Bunkle series. There is an innocence in these books that I find refreshing. I get so tired of foul language, violence and sex, that seems to have in all books, t.v. shows and movies now. I love finding a series of books that I find interesting and fun, without all the yuk. D.E. Stevenson's books are a real joy and I plan on working my way through all of her books.

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Engaging at times

I found this book to be much the same as the first in the series ... Engaging at times, but, for the most part, nether here nor there. Some interesting character ideas, but never really gets off the ground. I would not recommend this series, even though I do read books of this time period.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 08-29-13

The Second book in the Miss Buncle Series

Wonderful book great narration Read Miss Buncles Book if you can first as the characters continue the story in this sequel.

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A Disappointment

I was looking forward to the second book in the series as I enjoyed "Miss Buncle's Book" very much. This book lacks the plot movement which kept the first book interesting. I bored of it by half-way, and barely finish the book.

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  • Philip
  • 03-08-12

A bad sequel

I must admit I haven't got through more than 1/4 of this- but I have to say it's a crashing disappointment as a sequel to 'Miss Buncle's Book'

It lacks 'fun' and lightness of touch and all charm. The 'nice' Miss Buncle has turned, beyond all recognition into a woman who effectively threatens to leave her husband unless he moves to a new location of her own choosing. She then, with monstrous improbability, gets to read someone else's will...

It was at this point that I felt that wherever the plot was going to go it was going to be a great waste of time and I gave up.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 08-26-14

disappointing

What was most disappointing about D. E. Stevenson’s story?

after enjoying miss buncle's book, the first in a trilogy. where she wrote a story about the people where she lived, changing their names, which became a best seller this was a run of the mill story of married life in the 1930's. it was very predictable, didn't have the humour of the first book and some plot lines were just silly. the ending was alright.needless to say I won't be buying the last book in the trilogy.

Have you listened to any of Patricia Gallimore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

as far as I remember only the miss buncle's book. she performed both books well bringing the characters to life.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

the first book yes, but not this one.

Any additional comments?

read Miss buncle's book as a stand alone book don't bother with this one.