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More village life in Turnham Malpas with familiar characters and a surprise new one … plus plenty of trouble. Comparison: Miss Read, Erica James.
The eleventh instalment from the village of Turnham Malpas sees the residents facing life without their rector …Rebecca’s novels contain more drama than the average soap – for gossip, scandal and secrets there’s nothing better than curling up with a Rebecca Shaw. Comparison: Elvi Rhodes, Miss Read, Maureen Lee. Similar this month: Mary Jane Staples.
If you are new to this series the books do stand alone but there are recurring characters so you may well want to start from the beginning before or after reading this one. A lovely tale of village comings and goings and the arrival of newcomers in the close knit community sets tongues wagging. Gentle, cosy entertainment.
October 2011 Book of the Month. Village life, gossip and scandal continue in the 15th Turnham Malpas saga. This time a handsome and charming newcomer brings mixed fortunes to the village. Highly readable cozy but not too sweet. Turnham Malpas series:1. The New Rector2. Talk of the Village3. Village Matters4. The Village Show5. Village Secrets6. Scandal in the Village7. Village Gossip8. Trouble in the Village9. A Village Dilemma10. Intrigue in the Village11. Whispers In The Village12. A Village Feud13. The Village Green Affair14. The Village Newcomers15. A Village Deception
This lovely author writes two series, Barleybridge which are veterinary orientated, and this one, a Turnham Malpas novel centring on the church. They are gentle, warm, full of gossip and very infectious. Also available as an audiobook in CD or Cassette format.
This is the second in the Turnham Malpas series and Shaw develops the characters from the first as well as bringing in new intriguing ones. She is a very good story teller which is why you find yourself so immersed in the lives of these characters and glad that there is another book to read afterwards.
Rebecca Shaw’s books are a like an updated version of the Miss Read novels. Life revolves around the village of Turnham Malpas, this first follows the arrival of the new rector and his wife and although these novels have the gentleness of Miss Read they are slightly edgier with some of the subject matter. Luckily there are plenty to keep you going as once you finish the first book you want to immediately start the next in the series.