Published in 1929 in Scotland
This was a wonderful book that I really hated to come to the end of! Set in Scotland. It is about the Rutherfurd family. They must leave their beautiful country house and all their lifelong friends on Tweedside after Sir Walter dies of a broken heart over losing his sons in the war. Lady Jane and optimistic, friendly daughter Nicole, and Barbara, the niece Lady Jane raised, settle in the little Fife sea town of Kirkmeikle. They purchase a lovely home called the Harbour House right on the water. They rapidly make a niche for themselves and feel that Kirkmeikle is their ‘proper place’. Full of wonderful characters, good deeds, a wee boy to warm your heart and a house that is one of the main characters! This book has a sequel to it, ‘A Day of Small Things‘.
Here are a few quotes from the book…
‘They have everything that any reasonable being could desire, a house where love is, good health, good books and a good fire.’
‘It was very nice, but oh! how glad I was to creep back to our own funny little house.’
‘That’s so like you, Nikky. She said ‘you never expect to receive evil things, but if they come you immediately discover in them some lurking good. That’s why you’re such a comfortable person to live with.’
The ladies do a lot of reading. I don’t know about you but, I love when they mention books they are reading in a book I am reading. I looked up several of them and they are all available on Project Gutenberg for free in digital format. Here they are…
1905 ‘That most dependable story teller, Mr. Stanley Weyman, has chosen for this romance not a French but a Georgian English setting. The absence of the frills of Latin chivalry does not, however, deprive the tale of the qualities which distinguish Mr. Weyman’s work from that of the herd of his imitators.’
The Good Comrade by Una Lucy Silberrad
(1907)Fiction- Addresses the issue of female emancipation and discusses differences between societies following the Church of England and social circles influenced by Calvinist teachings. Again, the narrator treats both sides ambivalently. The irony, however, rests more on the restrictive, Calvinist-inspired family the main character Julia works for during her stay in Holland.
The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
1902 The Just So Stories for Little Children are a collection written by the British author Rudyard Kipling. Highly fantasized origin stories, especially for differences among animals, they are among Kipling’s best known works