THE PAVILION by Elfrida Vipont


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A sequel only because Kitson genealogy reigns rampant--the generation of Kit's nieces and nephews. She herself is long married and hardly in evidence as a new crop of cousins copes with Sue, a ""poor dear""-relative who's visiting at Cove House. Sue initiates their efforts to preserve an old music room, now used to store stock for the waning family business; with a nearby lane of historic dwellings the Pavilion will be skyscraped unless it's proved worthy of preservation. And it is: when a storm floods the local museum where the memoirs of Grandfather Cathcart, a composer, are housed, the cousins and a friendly curator restore the Pavilion as their shelter. Some sub-plots intervene--the saving of a dog, the reconstitution of the quaint lane, the relationships among the children and among the grownups--but at the end Aunt Kit reappears singing songs of Hugh Cathcart from the Pavilion over BBC. Mediocre unto itself and complicated by a family tree in need of pruning, this lacks the skillful personal portraiture of the Lark books; as a follow-up it's a let-down that reads like an after-thought.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1970
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston