Publication Date: This edition 2012, Originally 1934
From the publisher:
Who knew one book could cause so much chaos? Barbara Bunde is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara’s bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel … if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It’s a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde’s world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art?.
This was just utterly charming. The book Miss Buncle writes when she needs money is based on her observations of her neighbors in her small town. They are so thinly disguised that everyone is soon ready to hunt down the author. Chaos ensues.
It’s just a lightly funny story that’s filled with funny and interesting characters. Some of it is a bit predictable but there are also surprises.
Even though it was originally published in the 1930’s the story and the humor are fairly timeless.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Silverstream/Copperfield. If you need a break from heavier books this book is just a lovely little vacation. There is a sequel I’ll be putting on my library wish list.