Listening Valley

Listening Valley Toni Melville who retreats into her own listening valley to seek solace is the absorbing subject of this very well written novel A companion book not a sequel to Celia s House set in World War II

  • Title: Listening Valley
  • Author: D.E. Stevenson
  • ISBN: 9780441484706
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • Toni Melville, who retreats into her own listening valley to seek solace, is the absorbing subject of this very well written novel A companion book, not a sequel, to Celia s House set in World War II England and Scotland, it can be read on its own Tonia s story is utterly compelling and returns the reader to the enchanted Listening Valley in Scotland, along the way.

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    1. What a little gem of a book! I have just finished reading it and am feeling a little sad, because I would have liked it to go on and on for a lot longer: but all good things must come to an end, as the saying goes D E Stevenson is definitely one of my all-time favourite authors, and I disagree with reviewers who write that this is not one of her best: for me, that discribes "Mrs. Tim Christie". It takes all sorts!I especially loved the main character, Antonia, with whom I could relate totally (c [...]

    2. I loved this endearing story of Tonia Melville as she emerges from her repressive cocoon and takes wing through the love of her older husband. Their relationship is very sweet and he is key to her finding herself. Her friends and neighbors that she surrounds herself with are interesting characters especially the Scottish people! This is one of my favorite books of D.E. Stevenson.

    3. Lou and Antonia Melville live in an ordinary house in the city. They spend their days in the nursery with Nannie except for a daily walk. During those walks the girls spy a walled garden they long to see inside. One day while Nannie is out, the two sisters take off on an adventure that will change their lives. Lou, always bold and daring, marches right up to the mysterious house and rings the bell. A kind lady answers and brings them in for tea. They have the most marvelous time eating eclairs a [...]

    4. Another score from a small library near my son's house that hasn't tossed out all of its older books. I'm a huge fan of Stevenson's Mrs. Tim stories, I own them all, but it's hard to get her others if you don't want to buy them, and I'm trying to downsize my home library, not increase it. So I was very happy to see this book on the library shelf. Unfortunately I didn't love this book like I do her Mrs. Tim and Miss Buncle stories, though I did basically enjoy it. The problem for me was the MC, a [...]

    5. Listening Valley is sort of a sequel to Celia's House. The young American that is introduced in the last page of the first book reappears in Chapter 20 of Listening Valley. Many of the allusions to family names in Listening Valley make more sense if you've read the first book. BUT Listening Valley can be read as a stand-alone because the story line is completely different. It is not as satisfying as many of Stevenson's other titles because it is not as light-hearted. It was published in 1944 and [...]

    6. 1944. Lovely companion to "Celia's House." I was glad to see a few of the characters from that book again. Beguiling, charming, well-done and satisfying comfort food. Instead of a green smoothie (that can be hard to get down but is very nutrient-dense and we should all have more of that, but just don't do it often enough, right?) this is more like homemade chicken pot-pie with wholesome veggies and lots of buttery crust. Still good for you, but perhaps not if it's all you lived on. Maybe. I'm su [...]

    7. I was excited to see that “Listening Valley”, another D.E. Stevenson novel, is being republished and released in January!Here is the first paragraph from my (old, hardback) copy:“Most people, looking back at their childhood, see it as a misty country half-forgotten or only to be remembered through an evocative sound or scent, but some episodes of those short years remain clear and brightly colored like a landscape seen through the wrong end of a telescope. It was thus that Louise Melville [...]

    8. What a gem of a book!! Tonia is as dear a heroine as you can find. And, of course, Scotland is a character as well. All of this set against the backdrop of WWII, and the struggles and joy in a small highland village. Wonderful romancewish I'd known about it when I was younger. Would have loved this even as a preteen.

    9. This book is not one of D.E. Stevenson's best, but may still be of interest to readers wishing to read about the experience of England during WWII. The story starts with two girls, Lou and Antonia, who live a rather neglected life in Edinburgh with a grumpy father and bridge-obsessed mother. Lou, the more independent and striking sister, elopes with an officer and moves to India. That leaves Antonia to mope around, escaping into her inner dreamworld she calls "listening valley" as a coping mecha [...]

    10. Listening Valley takes place in Scotland just prior to World War II. Tonia and her sister Lou grow up thick as thieves in a world apart from their extremely detached parents and the other kids in town. Tonia particularly is dreamier and more sensitive than the gregarious Lou. Whenever things become too much, she retreats to that quiet and calm place in her mind she dubs Listening Valley. There she can suss things out on her own time and make sense of them. When Lou runs off to get married at 18, [...]

    11. The novel began with lots of promise, with frail, quiet Tonia and her lively attractive sister Lou growing up within a dysfunctional family and exploring the world around them. When the more vibrant Lou marries young and leaves Tonia to deal with her distant parents by herself, no one expects Tonia to marry, let alone make "a good match"! Spoiler ahead:But unexpectedly Tonia meets a kind, wealthy older man who is enchanted by her, and wants not only to marry her but to help fill some of the gaps [...]

    12. Poor Antonia. From the very beginning she was treated as a soft unworkable little thing always needing to be helped by others, always seeing herself as less. The story follows her adventures with her more daring sister Lou, the press of her absent parent, her strange first marriage, her freedom in her legacy and finally a troubled romance. Lovely warm and sweet. Such a delightfully comfortable book to read.The characters are sketched nicely but the thing I feel lacking is the deepness and attach [...]

    13. A companion to Celia's House, yet it's not until much later in the story that the family of Dunnian is trotted out. Nevertheless, it's Antonia and her sister who are the main portion of the plot at the beginning, and there is much about their symbiotic relationship until Lou runs off with Jack, which leaves odd little Tonia bereft.Fortunately, our dear little heroine is rescued by a (much older) prince of a fellow who helps her gain confidence. Antonia must deal with leechy relatives, spies, and [...]

    14. It pulled me in and kept me reading, but it is still not among my very favorites for this author, although I know it is for my daughter and other friends. I like Tonia, the main character, very much. I like her marriage to an older man, who carefully builds her up from the neglectful and careless upbringing of her parents. It really is a good book.

    15. Read this book after reading Celia's HouseI liked this book better than Celia's House, but I was glad I read it second. Many of the characters in CH come up in this book. It's delightful!

    16. Another easy but enjoyable read by this author. I did find it a little tedious and drawn out for the final third of the book. Perhaps I just need to read another author for a while; I’ve been on a bit of a DE Stevenson marathon lately. I did find it interesting to read about people’s experiences of the war year from an author who actually lived through them and likely heard soldiers’ and pilots’ accounts first hand. At times, I feel her portrayal of interpersonal relationships are a bit [...]

    17. Another gem by Stevenson! It started out a bit dark but I started loving it about a third of the way through. Read "Celia's House" first as some of the same characters make an appearance in this book as well.

    18. I am so happy to see D E Stevenson's books being reissued in electronic format. I first read her gentle romances when I was high school 50 years ago, and it gives me great pleasure to discover that they have not lost their charm over the years.This book, as so many of hers written during the years of WWII, don't give the h/h the HEA they deserve because the war wasn't over. No one, including the author, could know how things would turn out. They could only hope, and they were hoping against hope [...]

    19. Readers who discovered Katherine Wentworth and Alec MacLaren in Katherine Wentworth will be delighted to learn more about this lively pair. Those who are meeting them for the first time will find that this romantic story stands independently and beautifully on its own.The story opens with the honeymoon of Katherine and Alec at Ardfalloch in the idyllic Scottish Highlands. From there, the plot moves swiftly to Edinburgh and then to Limbourne, the Wentworth's ancestral mansion in the south of Engl [...]

    20. I did not want "Celia's House" to end - it was such a wonderful story! When I saw that "Listening Valley" was a companion book I quickly found a copy. This was a true love story. Tonia Melville becomes the person she was meant to be when Robert Norman recognizes her beauty both inside and out. She had been overshadowed by an outgoing older sister, her parents ignore her and think she is simple minded. Their short marriage takes them into WWII. Serving his country as a top financier takes it's to [...]

    21. Originally written in 1944, this is one of Stevenson's best novels. Like so many of her works, Listening Valley could be considered a romance but is more a character study, the story of a young girl growing up and finding her place in the world.Tonia and Lou grow up in Edinburgh, isolated by their neglectful parents. Tonia is very dependent on her slightly older sister, so when Lou suddenly runs off to get married, Tonia is even more alone. Then a colleague of her father's takes an interest in h [...]

    22. Antonia and Lou are sisters and are very close. Lou is definitely the leader; Tonia is seen as clumsy and shy. But when Lou gets married and moves away, Tonia begins to expand her own horizons. She marries an older man who helps her learn to 'live life'. In London during the Blitz, she begins to learn and realize her strengths. When she moves back to Ryddelton to a house left to her by her old nanny, she makes new friends and learns to love living on her own. Some of the characters from *Celia's [...]

    23. D. E. Stevenson lived and wrote in the time around WWII. In this book, she takes her heroine through the London blitz; she becomes tired and generally run down after her husband dies. His relatives want to live off her husband's money, but she more or less runs away to a home she inherited in Scotland. We move from a war zone to a pastoral setting where the war is farther removed but it is still very much in evidence. In spite of the war, it is a peaceful read about a young woman discovering wha [...]

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