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Tenth May, 1934. At this moment I look up and see the Man Who Lives Next Door standing on his doorstep watching my antics, and disapproving (I feel sure) of my flowered silk dressing gown. Probably his own wife wears one of red flannel, and most certainly has never been seen leaning out of the window in it - The Awful Carrying On of Those Army People - he is thinking.

Vivacious, young Hester Christie tries to run her home like clockwork, as would befit the wife of British Army officer, Tim Christie. However hard Mrs Tim strives for seamless living amidst the other army wives, she is always moving flat-out to remember groceries, rule lively children, side-step village gossip and placate her husband with bacon, eggs, toast and marmalade. Left alone for months at a time whilst her husband is with his regiment, Mrs Tim resolves to keep a diary of events large and small in her family life. Once pen is set to paper no affairs of the head or heart are overlooked.

When a move to a new regiment in Scotland uproots the Christie family, Mrs Tim is hurled into a whole new drama of dilemmas; from settling in with a new set whilst her husband is away, to disentangling a dear friend from an unsuitable match. Against the wild landscape of surging rivers, sheer rocks and rolling mists, who should stride into Mrs Tim's life one day but the dashing Major Morley, hellbent on pursuit of our charming heroine. And Hester will soon find that life holds unexpected crossroads...

Mrs Tim of the Regiment is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.
«Se hablaba con más libertad sabiendo que, a esas horas, había que estar en la cama y durmiendo.» D. E. Stevenson

Cerca de Wandlebury, el pueblo en torno al cual gira la saga de la señorita Buncle y Las cuatro Gracias, hay otro pueblecito, Ashbridge, donde la gente «tiene algo isabelino» y es «sencilla y valiente». En las afueras se alza Villa Vitoria, que un capitán mandó construir «después de luchar en la batalla de Vitoria y contribuir a la expulsión de José Bonaparte de España». Ahora esta romántica casa de campo es famosa por su jardín florido y por la hospitalidad y buen humor de su residente, Caroline Dering, viuda de un hombre a quien solo se recuerda por su antipatía y fatalismo, y madre de tres hijos. Corren los tiempos de la inmediata posguerra: las heridas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial aún no han cicatrizado, el racionamiento limita la vida e impone el ingenio o la resignación, y el pueblo sirve de refugio a seres atormentados por la reciente experiencia, como el señor Shepperton, que se instala en la posada del pueblo con un trágico y misterioso pasado a cuestas. El señor Shepperton hace buenas migas enseguida con la señora Dering ... pero ésta no cuenta con que la llegada de su hermana Harriet, célebre actriz de los escenarios londinenses, pueda complicar las cosas.

En Villa Vitoria (1949) volvemos a encontrar el gusto de D. E. Stevenson por la comedia campestre y por las «dificultades» de pequeños personajes que «se parecían mucho a las del ancho mundo, pero vistas desde el otro lado del telescopio».

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