Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree


Daylight savings time begins at midnight tonight!!!  You must remember: SPRING FORWARD! 

Finally my friends, it's that time of year again. I'm almost unreasonably happy that after tonight we will be getting an hour more of sunshine to enjoy in the evening time. Then it's on to looong summer days. Oh, I can't wait!

So, remember to set your clocks an hour forward tonight and don't get caught arriving anywhere an hour late!

Alright, so here it is. The purpose of the post. I completed book #2 of this weeks reading list.

"Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree"

An edge of the seat, bite your fingernails, thriller it's not... but "Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree" is going to keep your brain turning over and over. It's not so much a "Who dun it" as it is a "What the heck is going to happen next" sort of read. 

The main character is likeable, although maybe a bit drab. The characters around her make up plenty for that, though! 

The author Nancy Atherton throws the reader directly in to a quaint but quirky little town where all the residence are self proclaimed busibodies, know it alls, and spies! On top of that if you throw in a giant ruse meant to pull the wool over EVERYONE'S eyes to protect an odd but lovable woman's romantic life, and two suspiciously perfect, and oddly mismatched,  new house employees then you've got yourself a gloppy pot of shenanigans.

Atherton writes with such rich language that it's no difficult thing to imagine the English village of Finch with its rolling hills and cottage homes. But, to be honest, I wasn't convinced that I was going to really enjoy this book the first few chapters because the same use of that language made the set up chapters a bit dry. I didn't really start getting into the actual story until somewhere close to the middle of the book. 

Then all of the sudden I was laughing out loud, holding my breath, and heaving huge sighs of relief at every turn. 

It's a fantastic read for a relaxing, cozy day. Rain or shine!

All in all I enjoyed this New York Times Bestseller, and I give it an 8/10

Read Read Read! 

Until next blog, 

Read on! 


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing a review of this. Sometimes I'm in the mood for these kinds of mysteries, mostly for their atmosphere of small English villages and as you seem to be describing here, a colorful ensemble of characters.