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Bel Lamington duology by D.E. Stevenson

Bel Lamington - D.E. Stevenson Fletcher's End - D.E. Stevenson

These two very light, old-fashioned romances are available on Kindle Unlimited. Originally published in 1961 and 1962 in combination, they tell the story of Bel, young and somewhat impoverished woman living and working in London, and her travails. The first book gets her married off, and the second book deals with the purchase of a first home, renovation, a tiny bit of drama, and the romantic life of her best friend, Louise.

 

There isn't a lot of substance to the pair of books, but they are extremely sweet and I liked all of the characters a lot. The friendship between Bel and Louise is quite lovely and is unmarred by the sort of jealous nastiness that can sometimes pass for tension in books of this sort. Bel is a working girl when the books begin, and she is extremely capable at her job. While they were published in the early 1960's they had a more old-fashioned feel to them to me, more 1950's or even 1940's in atmosphere. There wasn't any real focus on the rapid social change occurring during the 1960's.

 

These two simple little books don't offer the same though provoking social commentary as something like South Riding, but they were free and a pleasant way to while away a few hours reading something entirely unchallenging. 

 

Stevenson is having a bit of a renaissance these days, between her Miss Buncle and her Mrs. Tim series. Neither of those are available for free, so I haven't dipped into them yet, although I do plan to read them at some point. I suspect that they are better than the ones that I have read, which are enjoyable, if a bit pedestrian, light romance. They are very comfortable books.