Monday 29 June 2015

Scott, Mary "Pippa in Paradise"

Scott, Mary "Pippa in Paradise" - 1955

Another delightful novel by Mary Scott who has been writing so much about her beloved countryside in New Zealand.

Pippa is a young woman without a family who inherits some money and invests it in a small library in a little seaside town. Something every reader dreams about. But Pippa has other dreams, as well. She wants to change people's lives as the heroine in one of Robert Browning's poems "Pippa passes". She might have some influence on a few of the character but, true to Mary Scott's style, she mostly changes her own life.

Humorous, lovely, nice, an easy read, a feel good novel.

From the back cover: "Here is the third novel set in New Zealand by the author of Breakfast At Six and Yours To Oblige which have delighted so many readers. Pippa, like her poetical namesake, aims to make people happy. When she is left a little money, she decides that a small country library should provide a pleasant and sufficiently profitable occupation and, above all, be a likely centre for meeting people and brightening up their lives for them. There are some light stains down the spine and light foxing along the page edges but overall a tidy copy."

Unfortunately, Mary Scott's 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, like this one here.


  1. thanks for the reminder about her books. We can get them from the library. Cheers from Carole's Chatter
    ps it would be great if you added this to the new Books You Loved collection

    1. My pleasure, Carole. I meant to put something on your list every day this month but was not too well and therefore didn't do muh else than write my posts. Will try to do it today.

      I am glad I found someone who knows and loves Mary Scott, as well.

      Happy Reading,