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Even Jack begins to thaw Before long Daphne and Lord Bond's son become attracted to each other but each believes the other is attached to someone else Can disaster be averted before she marries the wrong man First published in Before Lunch is a sparkling comedy from Angela Thirkell's much loved classic serie. These Carol Graf reprints had much better editing than the recent editions

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Before Lunch

Jack Middleton likes to imagine himself a country suire At weekends he retires to Laverings Estate with his wife Catherine He may be pompous and they may seem ill matched but the couple are devoted to each other When Jack's widowed sister Lilian and her two stepchildren arrive to spend the summer in the neig. A delightful readTold with wit and charmIf you ever need cheering up this one is perfectWho will end up with who I wonderI loved it

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Hbouring house he dreads the intrusion to his idyll Daphne capable and ambitious is too lively for his taste whereas her brother Denis a composer he finds a crashing bore But their wit and good sense charm the residents of Barchester and they win over Lord Bond with an impromptu Gilbert and Sullivan evening. Mrs Stoner and her grown step children Denis and Daphne have come to spend the summer with Mrs Stoner s brother Mrs Middleton Mrs Stoner and her sister in law Catherine Catherine Middleton soon become fast friends Denis also befriends Mrs Middleton whom he believes to be long suffering and also becomes close with Lord Bond who IS long suffering Daphne makes new friends too Mr Cameron the law partner of Mr Middleton and CW the son of Lord and Lady Bond She soon makes herself indispensable to the local gentry and falls in love with cows Lady Bond and Mr Middleton are incensed that someone would build a garage on a historic piece of land and are determined to DO something about it As the summer goes on no one wants anything to change but change must happen sooner or laterThis story is relatively simple for Angela Thirkell It took a few pages to figure out all the characters but once I knew who they were I got into it The romantic plot is slightly complicated than I expected I dislike love triangles as a rule but this one was interesting and I wasn t sure who would end up with who There is one romance that borders on emotional affair but it is never acted on The social satire of the novel centers around Mr Middleton and isn t laugh out loud funny but it is the sort of thing Jane Austen would have picked up on and made fun of in her novels Angela Thirkell also skewered the gluten free health craze I know certain people CAN T tolerate gluten but here we have a hypochondriac who can t eat starch or ice or anything else really She has a special diet bread that she eats and makes her hosts track it down for her Miss Starter would be right at home in Jane Austen s unfinished Sanditon I loved the bucolic countryside and the uirky people of the neighborhood except Mr Middleton He s a prosy bore and completely self centered most of the time Once in awhile he would surprise me by being very sweet He s sort of a intelligent Mr Collins Pride and Prejudice while his wife is too kind and good to be married to such a man They make it work somehow and are very fond of each other I simply adored all the old men in this book Lord Bond is especially sweet and I felt very sorry for him to first be lorded over by his mother and then his wife at one point BOTH He seems a very dear man who has few pleasures in life Another funny character is Ed who is a bit simple but knows everything about cars and naughty old folk songs His driving made me cringe want to be sick and laugh all at the same time Mr Pucken is also hilarious with his cows and his knowing eye The secondary women were also great characters Lady Bond is frightening Lu Pucken the maid named for Lady Bond Lucasta is silly romantic and clumsy but somehow endearing I felt bad for her having to work under her mother s hyper observant eye Mrs Pucken is pretty funny unintentionally on her part Flora the dog even manages to be funny despite her master s insistence on her devotion to him As for the main female characters I wasn t crazy about any of them I did not like Daphne at first She seemed ditzy and sounded like she was going to be an annoying twit like Rose the Dean s daughter Daphne surprised me I loved the way she handled bullies I grew to like her because of it and because of her fondness for the country and cows Mrs Stoner Lillian is gentle and kind but kind of silly at times and her speeches were always rambling and incoherent I wasn t crazy about the way she smothered Denis though she did what she felt was right Her story ends in a surprising way I didn t see that coming Mrs Middleton is in a tough spot but she went into her marriage as an adult and knew it wasn t ideal She s the Charlotte Lucas character of this book Catherine is kind and caring but her nerves wear down listening to her pompous idiot husband I could not stand being married to him but she is fond of him in her own way and he of her The main male characters were not uite as appealing Denis is a musician and also a semi invalid I wanted to tell him to throw away the doctor s medicine eat healthy and exercise and he would be fine He s not a hypochondriac he s just been fussed over too much and made to believe he s sickly and sensitive He s astute than the rest of his family and a little gentle and kind Mr Cameron is a nice enough chap but completely blind to anything except what he thinks he is feeling CW is a wonder considering his mother He is not at all spoiled or affected and will make a great lord of the manor someday if he survives I liked him best of the younger menThis is a simple sweet book It s not uite Angela Thirkell s best but it s a very typically English countryside set novel I plan to read of the series


10 thoughts on “Before Lunch

  1. says:

    A delightful readTold with wit and charmIf you ever need cheering up this one is perfectWho will end up with who I wonder?I loved it

  2. says:

    25My least favorite of the Thirkells I've read thus far and indeed I found most of the book crushingly boring It had some charm I liked the youthful composer of modern music so good naturedly playing Gilbert and Sullivan to old Lord B

  3. says:

    It was underwhelming and slightly colourless compared to the sparkling witty Pomfret Towers but a light entertainment nevertheless

  4. says:

    Haven't read Thirkell before so wasn't too sure what to expect A gently moving novel the path of true love doesn't run smoothly A bittersweet ending which was unexpected Very British

  5. says:

    Mrs Stoner and her grown step children Denis and Daphne have come to spend the summer with Mrs Stoner's brother Mrs Middleton Mrs Stoner and her sister in law Catherine Catherine Middleton soon become fast friends Denis also befriends Mrs Middleton whom he believes to be long suffering and also becomes close w

  6. says:

    Yes It is extraordinary how many things can happen before lunchThis book hadwas British charm witty dialogues wise observant eye of Angela Thirkell smart and funny satire of British society living in countryside perfectly ch

  7. says:

    Appeared to be very easy to read simple to understand and straightforward to form an overall picture in the head book about software architecture A lot of wisdom good examples celar structure This book is good for a wide range of audience I would even recommend it to managers It will help to avoid some stupid technical decisions

  8. says:

    Not my favourite Thirkell but still sweet and funny I love Daphne and Cedric Denis Lilian Cameron even Lady Bond But poor Catherine Middleton Never thought I'd ever write those words ;

  9. says:

    These Carol Graf reprints had much better editing than the recent editions

  10. says:

    I'll admit up front that I sometimes complain about books that don't have enough going on Most novels reuire a fair amount of plot I think and some are very lacking I wouldn't make that complaint about a Thirkell novel however In her novels not much happens slowly with humor and insight and great delightTake t