I read Mrs. Tim of the Regiment and really enjoyed it. Readers should know that this edition is a combination of Mrs. Tim and the sequel Golden Days. D.E. Stevenson improved on this series by dropping the diary format of the first book which was fun in some ways because it was very much like her own diary as a British Army Officer's wife and you felt you were hearing her thoughts about events - some very funny wifely thoughts.
Mrs. Tim Carries On is even better. It picks up just before World War II begins for Britain. Everyone is very much aware that the situation looks grim and they really do not want another war after WWI. But Hitler seems to determined to continue taking over Europe. Hester's husband and his men are sent to France. The other military wives face the immediate future in their own ways but Hester's friend asks her how she deals with the fear. Hester responds she skitters over the surface of life like a water beetle. When her friend criticizes her seemingly shallow response and calls it cowardly, I love Hester's response. She says with honesty and in effect that her family needs her not to be a raving lunatic and if she really thought too deeply about what might happen she would become a raving lunatic. I can relate to that though the words were written more than 70 years ago.
Mrs. Tim Carries On has moments like that but also humor that made me laugh out loud and often. Because she writes about human situations and responses, the silly things we do even when life is not funny at all. And the way we love our families, our friends and try to take care of the important things even when world events seem poised to take all control away from us.
I love this book. If I could find a copy to buy, I would buy it. It's a treasure. I love Hester Christie, (Mrs. Tim) and I am so grateful to Dorothy Emily Peploe for writing books like these that we can enjoy decades later. She was a treasure, too.
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