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 Post subject: The New House Mistress
PostPosted: 24 Sep 2015, 15:55 
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I recently bought a copy of this in a charity shop. Having looked it up in detail once I came home, I saw it described as one of EBD's worst books.

I cannot think why! It wasn't exactly a rip-roaring read, but I found it quite enjoyable. Does anybody know why it might have been described in such a bad way?


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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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I haven't read it for years, but I don't remember it being that bad!


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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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It's not great - rather predictable - but OK.

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I used to have a copy of this. I gave it to a friend when she became a Matron at the local private school as she was worried about the fact she was replacing a popular Matron! I didn't feel a huge wrench at handing it over, and as Sellenger said, the plot is rather predictable. Not EBD at her best I'm afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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I remember hating this and being so disappointed because I had been really excited about my first EBD hardback. However I haven't read it since so if I'm honest I can't remember why I disliked it so much.

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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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I just found it very weak and predictable - disappointing from someone whose writing could be so wonderful. It was an OK read given that I got it for free, but I'd have been very annoyed if I'd spent a lot of money on it.

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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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Another one here who was really disappointed by it, and quickly passed it on to someone else. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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I've just read it today - can't think of anything particularly bad about it, but it was a bit short, so there wasn't a huge amount of character development. Maybe it is just because it's so similar to a Chalet book but isn't, people don't tend to like it.


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It's a very long time since I read it, but I vaguely recall it seeming more dated than the CS books, and much more sentimental. When was it published, does anyone know? I wonder if it was something EBD wrote early on, before she'd really hit her stride, but which was published later

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 Post subject: Re: The New House Mistress
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JayB wrote:
It's a very long time since I read it, but I vaguely recall it seeming more dated than the CS books, and much more sentimental. When was it published, does anyone know? I wonder if it was something EBD wrote early on, before she'd really hit her stride, but which was published later
Published by Nelson in 1928, so yes, an early one.

I have a copy and have certainly read it, but remember nothing about it at all...


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