Over to Candleford by Flora Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have been reading this in tandem with watching episodes of the BBC series. The book is full of endearing scenes of village life for Laura and her family in the hamlet of 1880's Lark Rise, as well as the nearby town of Candleford.
I discovered that the expression "a pretty kettle of fish" comes from the fact of having a lovely oval pan used for cooking fish, NOT that the fish were pretty!
We meet Dorcus Lane, postmistress of the Candleford Post Office who offers Laura the opportunity to work for her there as an apprentice.
This book serves as a sweet record of a time of simple village life that has long since passed but should be remembered. A time when families enjoyed each day despite how little they sometimes had.
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