BIDE ME FAIR by J. Harvey Howells


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Nicely written, an intimate epic, Bide Me Fair will certainly appeal to the wee Scots among us. It's the turn-of-the-century story of the Boyd family. There's Robert and Harriet; their courtly romance and marriage with Robert the incurable Victorian and Harriet the more daring contemporary--she becomes a suffragette sympathizer, later secretly becomes the darling of the children's hour on the wireless as ""Aunt Flora"" with tales of the mythical hero Johnny Morey. She is also the one who encourages daughter Kitty to get an education, and does her best to cope with son Willy the charming irresponsible of the liberated generation. But perhaps best loved is the baby Duncan, a late child with an imagination and daring as deep as the heather. This covers the World War 1 years and the Boyd family survives intact-- Kitty eventually marries an M.P.; Willy becomes a successful actor. Then it follows Duncan and his growing pains, two false starts before he finds a fine lass and they become lovers to his mother's dismay. A panorama of events and incidents, a changing landscape as Scotland moves into the twentieth century bringing along her eager sons and daughters and rather reluctant elders. Aye and it's bonny.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Simon & Schuster