Another happy series by Mary Scott. Not as long as the Susan & Larry series (find all my other reviews here), "only" a trilogy but the story of the Standish family is just as nice as her other books.
You can tell that the novels were written more than half a century ago, that the author more or less writes about a life almost a century ago. In this episode, we can read how people thought about separated couples, not divorced, just separated. Quite different to the view most people have today.
But nevertheless, we can visit the outback of New Zealand again and meet some more lovely young people. Bill, Shelagh, Angela and Freddie might not be the normal kind of kids one would have come across at the time but they are all lovely and kindhearted and have a wonderful holiday with their friends Nick, Stephen & Jonathan. Also their father and Anna, Nick & Stephen's aunt, and some other adults are around to help them find their way into the world.
Another nice little story. They remind me of my youth when I first started reading them.
From the back cover (translated): "A father, a mother, three daughters and a son - but no family.
In a country house close to the New Zealand coast, a father, three young, pretty and lively daughters and a successful son meet at Christmas time. Alicia, the mother, a beautiful, spirited Irishwoman who is interested in anything but her family, fortunately decides to stay away from the idyll, and Maxwell Standish is a charming, but not exactly a responsible father. So far, the children have preferred to go their own ways, and everyone anticipates this unusual family reunion with mixed feelings."
Scott, Mary "Families are Fun" - 1957
Scott, Mary "No Sad Songs" - 1960
Scott, Mary "Freddie" - 1965
Unfortunately, the books are out of print and only available second hand. I have heard in the meantime, that you can buy some of them as ebooks.
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