Review 1631: Mrs. Tim Gets a Job

It turns out that Mrs. Tim Gets a Job is part of a series. Unfortunately, because I’d rather read series books in order, I never find this out until I mark that I’m reading it in Goodreads. Luckily, the novel seems to stand perfectly well on its own.

The Second World War is over, but Mrs. Tim’s husband is still stationed in Cairo and won’t be getting home anytime soon. Mrs. Tim’s two children are off at school, and she finds herself at loose ends. So, without really consulting her, a friend arranges a job for her at a hotel in Scotland. At first, Mrs. Tim is inclined to turn down the job, but then she gets a letter from her landlord giving her notice to move out.

With trepidation, she sets out to work for Miss Clutterbuck, who she understands is a difficult person. Miss Clutterbuck has been forced to open her family home to the public, and she has a rude manner. Mrs. Tim finds that part of her duties is to talk to the guests, because Miss Clutterbuck can’t bear them.

This novel is written in a light style as a diary, reminding me very much of the Provincial Lady series except gentler and with less overt humor. We follow Mrs. Tim’s progress as she grows to appreciate Miss Clutterbuck, learns how to deal with a housemaid who hates her, and straightens out a guest’s love life. I enjoyed this book very much.

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9 thoughts on “Review 1631: Mrs. Tim Gets a Job

  1. Helen March 18, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    I’ve enjoyed some of D.E. Stevenson’s other books and I would like to read this one, but I’ll probably try to start with the first in the series if I can.

    • whatmeread March 18, 2021 / 2:57 pm

      Yes, if I had realized it was a series, I would have done that, too. I may look up the order and try to read the rest that way. D. E. Stevenson is always pleasant to read.

  2. piningforthewest March 18, 2021 / 4:15 pm

    I think I first read Mrs Tim of the Regiment and then went on to read the others. I really like them and have since started reading anything by Stevenson that I can get a hold of fairly easily, or should I say cheaply, some of her books are very expensive nowadays.

    • whatmeread March 18, 2021 / 4:29 pm

      Yes, I just found that out with Mrs. Tim of the Regiment.

    • whatmeread March 18, 2021 / 4:30 pm

      Dean Street Press is coming out with a whole bunch of her books, I think. Furrowed Middlebrow is the imprint.

  3. Liz Dexter March 18, 2021 / 4:35 pm

    I loved this but read it as the end of the series – you don’t really need to have read them in order though as they’re all very gentle and enjoyable. I hope you can get hold of the rest and then enjoy them.

    • whatmeread March 18, 2021 / 4:42 pm

      I can get all but Mrs. Tim of the Regiment from Furrowed Middlebrow books by Dean Street Press. Mrs. Tim FTR is problematic. I can get it on a CD, but I hate listening to books, on an ebook, probably, but a paperback is going to cost.

  4. Davida Chazan March 20, 2021 / 4:13 am

    Gotta love Dean Street Press books! This series sounds like fun!

    • whatmeread March 20, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Yes, I love everything they print!

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