The author of Peter Rabbit and other tales, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults worldwide. In this first Cottage Tale, Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover and Good Samaritan with a knack for solving mysteries. With help from her entourage of talking animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawrey, where she's just bought an old farm--and plans to stay.
Susan Wittig Albert
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As a child, I was a huge Beatrix Potter fan. I even nagged my mother to change my name to Beatrix (she refused). I still remember the corner of our huge old public library where the "little books" were kept and I borrowed them again and again and again. As an adult, I've read numerous books about Beatrix Potter and introduced her and her books to my 3 children.
When I learned that there was a series of mystery books featuring BP as a character, I was thrilled. First, I gave a few of the books to a relative who had visited Hill Top. Then I received the first book, the Tale of Hill Top Farm, as a gift from my husband. Since then, I've been addictively reading my way through the whole series.
Susan Wittig Albert has achieved a really remarkable feat. Her Beatrix Potter character is exactly as I would have imagined her, along with the Lake District scenery and inhabitants. She manages to convey the world, thoughts, and conversations of the animals, who have...
The blurb on the back cover of this novel has this information, "But when a villager dies unexpectedly, with allegations of foul play, Sawrey turns out to be anything but quiet....." I read this and expected to get a novel where Beatrix Potter would play a Miss Marple type character in a cozy English village setting with murders left and right. That book description sentence was constructed in such a way as to allow me to get the wrong impression. Thankfully the novel was a very good reading experience for me, but not until I had completely readjusted my expectations and accepted what was actually written.
This is a very charming, warm, sensitive story of Beatrix Potter arriving in Sawrey village in the Lake District and her efforts to finalize the purchase of Hill Top Farm. There are many decisions which need to be made about the farm, especially since there is a farmer and his family in residence there and provisions must be thought out for how to handle the problem...
This book was a different read for me but decided I was going to give it a try because I have read many of Susan Wittig Albert's books over the year. It took me a little to get into it but I really got into it as I read. I well be reading more of this series. I liked the little history lesson on Beatrix Potter at the end of the book.
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