A Tale of Two Families Author:Dodie Smith A thoroughly engaging novel about delightfully nice people and the events in their lives during one spring and summer of country living. — May and June are devoted sisters, married to the devoted Clare brothers. After 25 years of their marriages, the four still enjoy each other's company. May's husband, George, is a highly successful businessman;... more » June's Robert is a far from successful writer. May and George are ever generous, and when they move from their London flat to a country house they persuade June and Robert to accept, rent free, a cottage on the place, which is in a park of a great decaying house whose occupants are enigmatic.
The two families, thoroughly enjoying their new experiences, are joined by two likable and appealing grandparents. The young people come down on weekends from London, and the three generations share idyllic weeks complete with lilacs, nightingales, and the creature comforts May Clare provides. A problem puppy and an awkward girl from the great house underline the delights of living. But there is a hidden danger in the close proximity, for the first time, of the families, and an unwelcome aunt proves to be both a catalyst and a fairy godmother in reverse.
Dodie Smith has created in her two families people far more interesting than in many of our own and who will go on living in the readers' hearts long after the book is finished.« less