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  • Title: Celia's House
  • Author: D.E. Stevenson
  • ISBN: 9780030204418
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Celia s House, filled with effervescent warmth and cheer, is the story of Dunnian a spellbindingly lovely family estate in Scottish Border country and of the generations of Dunne family that live in it and love it dearly Beginning in 1905 with ninety year old Celia Dunne, it delightfully portrays the bustling life of her heir and grand nephew, Humphrey Dunne, and hiCelia s House, filled with effervescent warmth and cheer, is the story of Dunnian a spellbindingly lovely family estate in Scottish Border country and of the generations of Dunne family that live in it and love it dearly Beginning in 1905 with ninety year old Celia Dunne, it delightfully portrays the bustling life of her heir and grand nephew, Humphrey Dunne, and his family of five rambunctious children It follows the family over forty years through their youthful antics, merry parties, heartbreaks and loves and marriages, as each in turn comes to maturity and an understanding of the enduring satisfaction Dunnian gives to their lives.

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    1. $2.99 Kindle sale, May 9, 2017.Celia's House, written in 1943 by popular Scottish author D.E. Stevenson, is a cozy, charming read, a little old-fashioned, with some lovely moments. Readers who like nostalgic books with some light romance, like The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, will probably enjoy this book. Also, about half of this novel is a 1920s retelling of Mansfield Park, so how you feel about retellings generally and that Austen novel in particular will affect how well you like Celia's H [...]

    2. I hoped – in fact I expected - that I would fall in love with ‘Celia’s House’.It promised things that I love, and things that I know D E Stevenson is very, very good at:•A Scottish setting•A big house•The history of a family.I did fall in love with the story as it began, but sadly I fell out of love again before very long. I found things to love, I found moments to love, but it wasn’t the same. Because the spell had been broken.Let me explain.The story opens early in the twentiet [...]

    3. Dunnian is a Scottish estate that has been home to the Dunnes for generations. The story begins at the end of the 19th century with the elderly Celia and takes the family through WWII. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    4. Celia's House. The funny thing is that I read this as a teenager, and I've often tried to think of the title through the years. I knew it had something to do with Celia. Well, a friend in my bookclub requested to read it. Andyou guessed it.I rediscovered a book I read probably 30 years ago. How fun is that?The book is an old-fashioned, comfortable read from 1943. So, I guess people were wanting a pleasant book to escape from the war. Celia Dunne decided to change her will to leave the family est [...]

    5. Celia Dunne has lived 90 years at Dunnian. She was born the day after Waterloo and has lived into the new century. Now she's elderly and dying and knows she has to leave her beloved Dunnian. There have always been Dunnes at Dunnian, even before their house was built. Her nephew, Maurice, and his wife Nina are dying to get their hands on Dunnian to make "improvements," but Celia has other plans. She summons her great-nephew Humphrey, on leave from the Navy and determines he loves Dunnian as much [...]

    6. This book covers about 40 years of one family's history. In 1905, old Celia Dunne is deciding who should inherit the family estate. She settles on her great-nephew, Humphrey Dunne, after she assures herself that he really loves the place like she does and would settle down there and raise his family. Her condition is that even though he already has 3 children, he must have another daughter and name her Celia, and that daughter must be the next heiress to the estate.The Dunnes move in, years go b [...]

    7. 1943. So, MID-2oth century women's lit rather. Historical interest. Written by a woman, in the midst of WWII Britain (or Scotland). So sweet. But not TOO sweet, and not too fluffy. Sure, it's a charming little romance that well beguiled my Sunday afternoon, but it also had a few little thoughtful moments. Stevenson does relationships pretty well. She also does slightly to quite broken heroines pretty well (and helps them become whole again in a fairly realistic manner). And she always (okay in t [...]

    8. Another delightful book by D.E. Stevenson. I didn't want it to stop, ever!Loveable characters and a great plot in which the family house is almost a character.I can't wait to start reading Listening Valley. Although I do know it's not exactly a sequel.

    9. This is only the second D E Stevenson book I have read, most of her books are now out of print, and they are hugely sort after and very difficult to find. Therefore even though this is a registered bookcrossing book, I am keeping it for now - instead of passing it on ( bad bad bookcrosser!) and if I do come across another copy I will then let it travel on.I absolutley loved this book. The book opens in 1905 with the first Ceila Dunne - 90 year old owner of Dunnian house. She informs her astonish [...]

    10. I really liked this book. The tale of a grandmother leaving her house to her namesake granddaughter instead of the oldest son. Very untraditional back in those days. However, what Celia wanted, Celia got. The story steeped in traditions was about a family of 7 and a cousin all growing up in Dunnian. It was a very entertaining story with laughter, joy, love, jealousy,sadness and strong family ties. A time when there were several maids and a Gardner and a cook, only they were workers, not slaves s [...]

    11. Forty years in the life of a family and a house. . . in 1905 the elderly Miss Celia Dunne is visited by her grandnephew Humphrey and tells him, contrary to the expectations of her oldest brother's son, she's leaving the house to him, and after him to his daughter Celia -- even though he has only a son and two daughters, neither named Celia.This meanders into a tale of the family growing up; the son Mark getting his feeling for the place and being told by the gardener that he could eat the apples [...]

    12. This was so adorable. Like Rainbow Valley meets Rilla of Ingleside meets Mansfield Park. I really enjoyed it, especially the first half, with Humphrey as more of a character and when the children were small. The Mansfield Park retelling in the middle was a little overdone--I would have preferred a more subtle retelling than the scene-by-scene retelling we got--but even still, I was willing to stay up very, very late finishing it, because it was just so sweet and I liked it so much.

    13. Reading "Celia's House" is as comforting as sipping a cup of Earl Grey tea while looking looking out into a wildflower garden. Re-issued from its original printing in the 1940's, the book covers several generations of the Dunne family residing at at the Dunnian estate in the U.K. When the book opens, we meet Celia, the elderly, unmarried auntie who will choose Dunnian's fate when she passes on. Bucking convention, she makes a very unusual choice, setting the book's plot in motion.Stevenson inclu [...]

    14. Some have compared this as a rewriting of Austen's Mansfield Park, yet I don't totally see it being so. And if it was it was badly pulled off since there are too many characters, some which add nothing to the plot and quite superfluous. What DES does provide, is what she is quite adept at doing-creating a family saga centering around a beloved family estate.What doesn't work is the fragmentation of plot by skipping from one character focus to another. It overall had a sense of needing some more [...]

    15. Enjoyed this historical read where history was in the progress of being at time of significance since it was written in 1943 during world war 2 but the book starts at 1905. A family history of Dunne's live in this house built long ago by a past family member & all the drama that goes with friends & family. It was hard to put this book down & I wanted to start this one before reading more of Listening Valley which while reading even though they say the stories are different many chara [...]

    16. Another lovely book by D E Stevenson. My only regret is that I read it AFTER "Listening Valley", but one really should read it BEFORE, so that the people and events are placed in the proper chronology. The story starts in 1905, skips over WWI and ends in June 1942. I didn't find it quite as good as "Listening Valley", but it was a very comfortable experience and I enjoyed reading about the Dunne family, their lives and their relationships. It conjures up very well what home life was like in the [...]

    17. I don’t think anyone can claim that D E Stevenson is a great literary talent, but what she can do – write gentle undemanding family stories - she does very well indeed. I really enjoyed this uncomplicated tale of a house and its occupants, set in Scotland, over a number of years, and with all the ups and downs of family life amidst a middle-class environment. No great dramas, no great tragedies, no literary devices or modernist twists, just a lovely tale to relax with.

    18. I really loved this book this time through. It takes many aspects of Austen's 'Mansfield Park' - without copying it. There were a few story-lines or characters we wished she had told us more about - but a very satisfying story, that centers around an estate in Scotland. The house really is almost a character in the story, and I enjoy this type of book.

    19. Generations of a happy family living in a big country house in Scotland? Starting in 1905? It's ever so sweet and comforting! EVER. SO! Seriously, I love these kinds of stories. Charming, warm, predictablemetimes it's just the thing.

    20. A clever retelling of Mansfield Park, if you pay attention to the way the characters follow the story Mark is Edmund, Debbie is Fannie, Tessa is Mary Crawford, Ect. However, the whole plot is not the same, and Celia has her own fresh story. Quiet good.

    21. Another winner from D.E. Stevenson. Like Amberwell, it highlights a home in the country and the various generations that live there. No huge plot. Just her trademark cheerful conversation and interesting relationships.

    22. Celia Dunne is nearing her end. Shes lived in the the large family house the "Dunnian" and grounds all her life and wants it to go to safe hands. Her nephew Maurice just will not do. Her great nephew Humphrey on the other hand She presents to him her will but with one condition, of all of his children the house cannot go to the oldest son but her namesake yet unborn Celia. And so begins the family saga of the Dunnes, their loves and lives. Their newcomers, intruders. Absolutely lovely warm book. [...]

    23. This was what I can only call a "pleasant" book. I liked the first third or so of this novel the most. I kept expecting bad or dreadful things to happen, some gothic tale set in the early to mid 20th century, but this isn't that sort of book at all. I realized that well before I had finished the book, but I still couldn't quite get that thought out of my mind. It reminds me most of something that Lucy Maud Montgomery might have written, only this is set on the English Scottish border. The novel [...]

    24. Another lovely book from DE Stevenson. I really enjoy these old fashioned stories. The characters feel real, but nothing really terrible ever happens. A great escape from the political world of today. It is wonderful to see these coming back into print. Thank you to Sourcebooks, NetGalley and Edelweiss for giving me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

    25. Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:I’m really appreciating the number of lesser known classic books that are being rereleased as e-books at the moment; while a fair few are also available in limited edition from specialist British publishers, those books are pricey as well as pretty, so it’s good to be able to sample new-to-me authors in a less expensive way first. I’ve reviewed D.E Stevenson here before, but this was quite a different sort of book from The Young Clem [...]

    26. I've heard of Scottish author D.E. Stevenson, but receiving "Celia's House" for Christmas was the first time I was able to read her for myself. In a style that reminded me strongly of Lucy Maud Montgomery, this is the story of a Scottish estate and its residents from 1905 until the middle of World War II. Humphrey Dunne was shocked when his elderly aunt named him to be the heir of her family estate. Dunnian is full of history and is a beautiful, charming place in which to raise his family. Aunt [...]

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