Marling Hall (Virago Modern Classics, Book 666)

October 30, 2020
Marling Hall (Virago Modern Classics, Book 666)

'You read her, laughing, and want to do your best to protect hercharacters from any reality but their own' New YorkTimesMr Marling, of Marling Hall, has begun to accept - albeitreluctantly - that he will probably never be able to pass hiswonderful old estate on to his children. The Second World War isbringing an end to so many things, but the Marlings carry on asbest they can in the face of rationing and a shortage of domestichelp.Into their world arrive Geoffrey Harvey and his sister Frances,who have been bombed out of their London home. Bohemian andsophisticated, they rent a local house, and it is not long beforethey begin to have an effect on their neighbours. Geoffrey beginsto court Lettice, the Marlings' widowed daughter, but he finds hehas rivals for her affections in dashing David Leslie and CaptainBarclay. Observing everything and quietly keeping events on an evenkeel is the Marlings' sage old governess, Miss Bunting.'The novels are a delight, with touches of E. F. Benson, E. M.Delafield and P. G. Wodehouse' Independent on Sunday