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Book Review: Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D. E. Stevenson

Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D. E. Stevenson Among the Bloomsbury Group books I was working my way through, Mrs. Tim of the Regiment by D. E. Stevenson was another one I had high hopes for, after picking it up at the library. Unfortunately, it was somewhat boring to me, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I might.

The book is written in the style of a diary — based on the author’s actual diaries — kept by “Mrs. Tim,” the wife of a military man in the UK. She writes about everyday things, as well as what it’s like being married to the military, so to speak, especially as the family is uprooted and sent to Scotland.

I sometimes like reading about everyday things, but in this case, I wasn’t all that interested, possibly due to the behavior considered normal at that time. Tim doesn’t seem like the nicest of husbands, and is wife seems to cater to his every whim. She is essentially a housewife, but she has hired help to do the cooking and cleaning and raising her children, so I don’t know what she does other than organizing everyone.

Very little seems to happen in the book, aside from some silly drama here and there, but it’s not really that dramatic in and of itself. I read the whole book, and yet I didn’t feel like I got much out of it, so I don’t know that I’d recommend it. (Or, presumably, the other books in the series.)

Book Review: Henrietta’s War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys

Henrietta's War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys I read the first Henrietta’s War book earlier this year, and I liked it well enough. Though it was a sequel, I didn’t feel like I missed a lot, but I did want to read the first book, just in case.

Henrietta’s War: News from the Home Front, 1939-1942 by Joyce Dennys is a series of letters written by Henrietta, a housewife in England, to her childhood friend who is fighting in WWII. Henrietta writes about everyday things, per her friend’s request, and it shows a different side of the war, especially in a smaller town. Rationing and other preparations are becoming common, and Henrietta writes about how the people in town react to this new way of life.

Oddly, I almost didn’t like this volume as much as the second one, and I ended up wondering about characters not mentioned until the latter book. It’s still a nice book though.