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A Lesson In Love: A Little Village School Novel (Book 4) by Gervase Phinn

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List Price: £16.99


Hardcover: 416 Pages.

Published: 12 March 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1444779354

EAN: 9781444779356

Love is in the air in the little village of Barton-in-the-Dale. Anyone can see that Ashley Underwood and Emmet O'Malley are made for each other. They've just got to admit it to themselves . . . But as the saying goes, the course of true love never did run smooth.

While romance blossoms on one side of the village, an angry young boy struggles to believe in love. But when tragedy strikes, he learns that comfort and care can come from the most unexpected of places.

Meanwhile, head teacher Elisabeth Stirling faces a new challenge for the start of the school year. An eccentric teacher joins the staff, and there's also a worrying case of potential negligence to answer. In the village too, a puritanical new vicar stirs up trouble. But as always, mixed in with the drama there's plenty of gossip, laughter, friendship - and love - in Barton-in-the-Dale.


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Slightly Disappointing

This is the latest book in the "Little Village School" series. This series centres around the village of Barton-in-the-Dale a small village in the Yorkshire Dales.

There is no doubt that Gervase Phinn is a skilled writer. He creates wonderfuly three dimensional characters with extensive personalities which we can all recognise in people that we have known. We have gossipy older women, pushy Mums, grumbling old men as well as hardworking and caring individuals and any combination of these! In this book the new Vicar is an excellent character as he is seen as being very dominant and set in his ways but later we see another side when he takes young Danny fishing and again later when he realises that some compromise is essential in a small village.

I did enjoy this book but I did feel somewhat disappointed. The story threads in this book are poor in comparison to other books by this author. There are lots of small happenings but no main thread which holds the rest together. The consequence is a book which has lots of small happenings but no real structure or plot.

This is an enjoyable read from a man who is definitely an excellent storyteller. It is amusing in places which excellent description of very vivid characters. Unfortunately this book just lacked a good, solid plot to hold everything together. Hopefully Gervase Phinn will have rediscovered his structure for the next in the series - this book hasn't put me off & I will certainly be looking out for the next one.

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