The Bettanys on The Home Front

1914, and the Bettany family fourteen year old twins Madge and Dick and their little sister Joey are enjoying a seaside holiday with their guardian But the news is disturbing and their happy time is cut short by the announcement that war has been declared Back home in Taverton, Madge is faced with a rapidly changing world With Guardian away on war business and Aunt Josi1914, and the Bettany family fourteen year old twins Madge and Dick and their little sister Joey are enjoying a seaside holiday with their guardian But the news is disturbing and their happy time is cut short by the announcement that war has been declared Back home in Taverton, Madge is faced with a rapidly changing world With Guardian away on war business and Aunt Josie preoccupied with her own family, it falls to Madge to hold the household together without neglecting the all important world of school and the challenge of a new form which seems to have no place for her But what is Nanny s mysterious secret, and is she a proper person to care for Joey
The Bettanys on The Home Front and the Bettany family fourteen year old twins Madge and Dick and their little sister Joey are enjoying a seaside holiday with their guardian But the news is disturbing and their happy time is c

  • Title: The Bettanys on The Home Front
  • Author: Helen Barber
  • ISBN: 9781847452
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Bettanys on The Home Front”

    1. This is my first reading of a “new” Chalet school book, and it’s a great place to start for anyone who loved Chalet School novels as a child (though I’ll have to read Helen Barber’s earlier books soon as well!). Home Front is a pleasing novel for lovers of Downton Abbey too, as it takes place at the start of World War I and convincingly depicting English village life, from landlord to teacher to tradesman to orphaned child.Future founder of a famous (Chalet) school, Madge Bettany is in [...]

    2. Oh this is brilliant, truly flawless and utterly absorbing. If you have yet to dip your toe into the world of CS prequels, don't deprive yourself a moment longer. Come and meet 14 year old Madge Bettany and her family and there will be tears, and also laughter, along the way.

    3. Fascinating depiction of the life of the you Bettanys during the beginning of the First World War. Madge and Dick are fourteen when war breaks out, and Joey not yet three. Orphaned a couple of years earlier, they are looked after by their guardian and two aunts, but none of these people live with them constantly. In addition to the housekeeper, Sarah, there is Nurse. But when she leaves, a new Nanny comes, who causes some upsets with Sarah. Dick goes to boarding school, while Madge attends the l [...]

    4. I quite enjoyed this. The style felt very EBD-esque and the Madge-at-School plot worked well. The trouble with all these books is that it's hard to come up with interesting plots that aren't so exciting/important that they wouldn't have been mentioned later in the series and thus mucking up the continuity/illusion that it might be part of the series. And this does suffer from this slightly - as not a lot really happens. But it does have some nice detail about the Great War on the Home Front and [...]

    5. Of all the authors who have played in, expanded and added depth to Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's Chalet School Universe, I'll admit that I'm partial to Helen Barber. She has a way with words and characters that really recalls the series in style and tone. I especially enjoyed her first prequel book - The Bettanys Of Taverton High - in which she imagined Madge Bettany in the days before she resolved to open her own school in Austria. For this second prequel, she heads even further back in time - to when [...]

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