The Native Heath

The Native Heath A widow at an age when birthdays are best forgotten with no children to occupy her mind can be very lonely Julia Dunstan knew she was fortunate than most widows not merely because she was prospero

  • Title: The Native Heath
  • Author: Elizabeth Fair
  • ISBN: 9781911579373
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • A widow, at an age when birthdays are best forgotten, with no children to occupy her mind, can be very lonely Julia Dunstan knew she was fortunate than most widows, not merely because she was prosperous as widows go but because she had always taken an interest in other people.And from the moment Julia moves to Goatstock, where she has inherited a house, there are pA widow, at an age when birthdays are best forgotten, with no children to occupy her mind, can be very lonely Julia Dunstan knew she was fortunate than most widows, not merely because she was prosperous as widows go but because she had always taken an interest in other people.And from the moment Julia moves to Goatstock, where she has inherited a house, there are plenty of people for her to take an interest in For a start, there s cousin Dora, who might just as easily been left the house herself and who instead becomes Julia s companion.Then there s Lady Finch, the local expert on Fresh Food and the victim of a deception so dastardly that even her attractive but irreverent niece, Harriet, is indignant This distracts Harriet for a while from the rather thankless task of planning the futures of her friends, Marian and Robert And all are concerned with news that the village will be made into a New Town However the old values, at least those of Elizabeth Fair s fiction, remain wit, charm, and romance.Furrowed Middlebrow is delighted to make available, for the first time in over half a century, all six of Elizabeth Fair s irresistible comedies of domestic life These new editions all feature an introduction by Elizabeth Crawford Where she breaks with the Thirkell school is in her total absence of sentimentality and her detached and witty observation of her characters The Sphere Miss Fair makes writing look very easy, and that is the measure of her creative ability Compton Mackenzie

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    1. I liked this book a lot, though not as much as her other novels. There seemed to be a lot of characters to keep up with, and I didn’t have time to read it straight through.

    2. My review for all of the Elizabeth Fair books I've read so far (and I just started a new one and then have only one left to go) remains the same. Charming, "gentle read" book told with wit re the daily domestic lives--including gossipy neighbors, threatened-to-be-thwarted budding romances, vicars and tea parties--which make me want to sit and sip my own cup of tea while enjoying every minute as I'm being transported to an earlier place and time.

    3. So many hilarious lines! But I didn't really love any of the characters, hence the three stars. Here's a sampling of the deliciously funny writing:"No one contradicted this statement, though no one agreed with it."“First we’re going to be swallowed up, then we aren’t,” she said. “It makes one wonder what will happen next.” Life was like that, Mrs. Minnis declared; it sometimes seemed as if one was living on the edge of a volcano, didn’t it? Mrs. Prentice thought for a moment and th [...]

    4. The Best So FarI am working my way through Fair’s books and have also read the only one of her aunt’s books I have been able to find. I really like these delightful tales of life in England in the 1950s, as they give a peep into a time that many think of as the end of a way of life, before the world roared into the 1960s of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.We meet the widowed Julia Dunstan, and her first cousin, Dora Duckworth, who haven’t seen each other for many years. Julia has invited [...]

    5. Probably my least favorite of the Fair's I've read. It's still a nice, pleasant little book, but it didn't particularly resonate and lacks the little something that makes it a true delight.

    6. Glimpses of the author’s flair here in her usual milieu of the English village (gossips, scheming widows, spinsters and batty, impoverished minor aristocracy) but I found the central character a rather smug do-gooder - yet the way her selfish household trespassed on her kindness and good nature was more dreary than funny. The engagement finale was a slightly different couple than initially expected, though not really a great twist. Altogether less enjoyable than earlier Fair novels.

    7. Reissued by a press called "Furrowed Middlebrow", this charming story takes place mid -century in a small British town. Widowed Julia has inherited a lovely home, to which she brings along a companion, Dora. They become quite involved in the town- socializing, gossiping, and arranging marriages. An extremely pleasant and sometimes quite funny look at small town life.

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