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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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"We must be very nice to him," said Mrs. Braithwaite, looking up at her daughter with large blue eyes. "Nice to him!" echoed Miss Braithwaite in some surprise. "Well, of course we'll be nice to him. I mean, why shouldn't we?" It's the spring of 1938, the threat of war looms across England, and widowed, slightly dizzy Sophie Braithwaite and her daughter Wynne await the arrival of a distant cousin, Franz von Heiden-from Nazi Germany no less. Franz turns out to be a stiff, formal young man whose father (unbeknownst to the Braithwaites) is a personal advisor to Hitler and has sent Franz to observe English attitudes, but they do indeed welcome him nicely. Soon nicknamed Frank, his defenses are broken down by the kindness, informality, and humour of his cousins-particularly the charming Wynne. But when the dreaded war breaks out and Franz returns to Germany, Wynne must wait in suspense to learn his fate. First published in 1940, in the early days of World War II, The English Air is one of D.E. Stevenson's best works-by turns atmospheric and entertaining, poignant and funny, tense and romantic. This new edition includes letters-never previously published-between D.E. Stevenson and her publishers, which provide a striking glimpse of the historic moment at which the novel was first written and published. Also included here is an autobiographical sketch by the author. "Miss Stevenson has her own individual and charming way of seeing things." Western Mail
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Yay! My summer reading for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub arrived!

Cathythoughts Yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
LeahBergen Wonderful!! 👏👏 1mo
Ruthiella Excellent! 😃 1w
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Our July read (and @catebutler ‘s pick for us) is The English Air by DE Stevenson. Our September read ( @elkeOriginal ‘s pick) will be A House in the Country by Ruth Adam. I can hardly wait!

Here is our new rotation of picking and voting. I added our two newest members on to the end (I hope that‘s okay with you all?). Please excuse the handwritten post: my PicCollage was glitching. 😆


elkeOriginal What a handsome group! 1mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen I believe this is the first commitment on my calendar for 2024! 🎉🥳📕📗 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah , you‘re great! All the way to 2024 … we are going places 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Ruthiella Thanks for keeping us organized Leah! 😃 1mo
batsy Thank you, Leah 💜 It's so nice to see a list planned going into 2024...the little things to look forward to! 1mo
batsy I just realised that's your notepaper—how lovely 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Aren‘t we though? 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Kimzey And mine, as well! 😆😆 I couldn‘t quite believe it when I was writing it out. 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Just imagine all the books we will have read by then! 😄 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella No problem at all! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I like to look forward to these things, too! And the notepapers does look like little middlebrow ladies, doesn‘t it? 😆 1mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Imagine all the books we will BUY by then! And that DSP will newly publish! 1mo
CarolynM Thank you Leah😘 @elkeOriginal I am eyeing off the Susan Scarlett (AKA Noel Strreatfeild) titles they're bringing out later this year. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ wonderful 👏 Exciting times! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I saw the cover reveal of three of them so far, they look awesome! Coming out in August I think. I‘m looking forward to see them being added to our pool of choices. @LeahBergen 1mo
Tamra Thanks for tagging me! Off to download! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m glad my turn to pick comes after all those Susan Scarletts come out! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @batsy Adorable little middlebrow ladies. 😍 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I know, right? I was looking at their tweets about those books and adding it to my wishlist 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @batsy The covers for the new Susan Scarletts are AMAZING! I own a couple of them already, republished in paperback by Greyladies, and I‘m trying to convince myself that I don‘t need these prettier editions. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 👏👏 1mo
willaful Yes! There were already a few of her adult books reprinted and the covers are just so blah, like they're saying these books can't possibly be interested to anyone nowadays. FM's covers state firmly, yes we are! 1mo
LeahBergen @willaful That‘s so true! These new covers will really garner some new attention for her books. 1mo
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Dear #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub readers,
Here are the choices for July 2022. I went with a summery/holiday theme. 🕶☀️The English Air is one of the latest FM recent releases, I adore Stevenson and her writing, so I‘m sure this won‘t disappoint. And, Seaview House sounds perfect with a family hotel, a peaceful setting and a dash of romance. It‘s also been on my FM TBR for ages! I‘ve linked the synopsis for SH below in the comments.

Ruthiella Both seem perfect picks for the summer. I‘ll vote for the D.E. Stevenson title. 1mo
Kimzey The English Air would be my choice, but both sound good. 1mo
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batsy I've had my eye on both! My vote is for 1mo
LeahBergen I love DE Stevenson but I‘ve yet to read any Elizabeth Fair, so my pick goes to 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, and the way we‘ve been doing our voting is to have the core group of members vote on the options that the other members offer up. We all get our chance to propose reads in sequential order. I think it makes it easier and quicker for tallying votes! I see other people voting here (which is very welcome, of course, and anyone can read along with us!). If you would like to “join” 😆 the group, just let me know and I‘ll add you to our rotation. 1mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee and @Kimzey This message ☝️ is for you as I see you are both avid Middlebrowsers, too. 😆😆 Let me know if you‘d like to be added to the rotation. 1mo
CarolynM Since I have a copy thanks to @LeahBergen I'll vote for 1mo
quietjenn I love both authors! My vote is for 1mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen I‘ve only been in on the last two selections, but plan to keep going. Feel free to assign me a month and I‘ll check what‘s been read previously and come up with two new choices. 📗📕 1mo
elkeOriginal I love DES and have not yet read this one so my choice is 1mo
LeahBergen @Kimzey Great! We‘ve finished our first rotation and will be starting from the first person again, so I‘ll tack you on to the end. Is that okay? 1mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Sure, that works! Thanks! (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I own this one, so I pick 1mo
Cathythoughts … I‘m off to order both 😃 , but I‘ll vote for 1mo
Jess_Read_This Count me in! I‘m happy reading either one! 1mo
LeahBergen The votes are all in and it looks like The English Air has won! As I said on @elkeOriginal ‘s book choice post, I‘ll write out our new rotation for picks and make a post. @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen 👍 Thanks again. 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😘😘 1mo
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