*I'd like to teach the world to sing/
In perfect harmony*
April 8, 2012
[I must warn you that there are SPOILERS in this review, but since the book was published in 1998, it's kind of fair game at this point, don't you think?]
So, the second of the Mitford books, and our sweet, kindly, fusty little vicar is engaged, of all things! Or at least, by the end of the book he is, but there's an extraordinary amount of hemming and hawing about it before he and his lovely next-door neighbor finally get it sorted out. In other words, when it comes to romance, Fr. Timothy is a scaredy cat!
Of course, you can hardly blame the man, as he's highly distracted by the machinations of a nauseating female parishioner. She's recently widowed, and as she was never very fond of the poor blighter who was stuck with her for all those years, she's now determined to drag the poor old vicar into her bed by any means necessary! Naturally, he would rather eat carpet tacks, and on top of everything else, he also has to find some way to keep her from driving the local diner out of business. Never a dull moment for the harassed, well-meaning clergyman.
Honestly, these books are about 6 parts Mayberry, USA, 3 parts tent revival, and only one part believable plot, but they're soothing to read. They're not total escapism--the characters do actually have some problems and heartaches--and though I didn't like this one as much as the first, I can still recommend it to anyone who needs something as cozy as an old bathrobe and fuzzy slippers after a long day in a busy, care-worn world.