Review 1575: Nothing to Report

Best of Ten!
The circumstances by which I came to read this novel were a bit different from usual. I received Somewhere in England by the same author as a review copy, but when I sat down to read it, I realized it was a sequel to Nothing to Report. So, I immediately sent off for this novel so that I could read them in order.

Mary Morrison, Button to her friends, is an unmarried middle-aged woman living in a village near London in 1939. She has been forced to sell the family home, which is now a school. From her cottage, she seems to be at the center of village life, often being called on for advice, running a woman’s society, and living a busy social life.

Her childhood friend, Catha, Lady Rollo, and her family have returned from years in India and want her to help them find a house. Catha’s youngest son, Tony, a surly university student and would-be revolutionary, is hanging around Mary Morrison’s house trying to avoid his family. Mary’s widowed sister-in-law, Marcelle, has just announced her plans to vacate London and move in with Mary, bringing her daughter Rosemary. Rosemary, in preparation for the move, has shipped her piano to Mary’s house. Mary herself has been trying to organize gas mask training. Finally, Catha’s daughter, Elizabeth, is preparing for her debut to society. In short, things are chaotic. Slowly, events work up to World War II, of course.

I was delighted to read this novel, which I found charming. It has some very funny scenes, such as Lady Rollo’s preparations for going to Ascot, and is at other times quite touching. I loved this book.

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6 thoughts on “Review 1575: Nothing to Report

  1. ilovedays November 9, 2020 / 6:39 pm

    Sounds like a great novel to take you to another time and way to live – very welcome right now.

  2. Davida Chazan November 10, 2020 / 9:41 am

    What a treasure trove Dean Street Press has. Sounds lovely!

  3. Izabel Brekilien November 24, 2020 / 10:53 am

    As soon as I saw the cover, I guessed it was from Dean Street press, their books are irresistible from the outside, but it’s good to know they’re good inside too šŸ™‚

    • whatmeread November 24, 2020 / 10:57 am

      Yes, I’ve enjoyed every one I’ve read. Some more than others, but they’ve all been good choices.

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