Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This series is so gentle, cozy, and I enjoy visiting with the people of Finch. There are no great mysteries, no stormy romances, no involved plots. Finch is a tiny village in the Cotswolds which has been bypassed by modern progress. There are no supermarkets, or malls, no tourist attractions, or even a school. It's peopled by caring, nosy, involved villagers who love to gossip and advise their neighbors, especially Lori, an American who inherited a small cottage in the village where Lori and husband Bill have been raising their family. Lori also has inherited Aunt Dimity, a spirit who communicates with Lori through a journal. Aunt Dimity is usually the voice of reason, and has helped Lori find her way in Finch. In this installment, Lori is intrigued by Arthur Hargreaves who owns a large estate bordering her father-in-law's home. As she gets to know Arthur, she discovers the existence of an ancient village feud and the reason why Finch's old-timey culture has been preserved.
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