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Mrs Tim Gets a Job

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With husband Tim stationed in Egypt and her children at boarding school, Hester Christie -affectionately known as 'Mrs Tim' and based loosely on D. E. Stevenson herself - finds herself at a loose end, until her friend Grace takes her at her word and finds her a job with the formidable Erica Clutterbuck, who has opened a new hotel in the Scottish Borders. Once there, Hester’s initial ambivalence disappears in a swirl of problems and situations with hotel guests and old friends alike, including serving as fortune-teller at the local fête and aiding and abetting romantic schemes, not to mention the reappearance of the debonair Tony Morley.

©1947 D.E. Stevenson (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Celia's House

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In name and by birth, Celia was a Dunne. She had inherited the beautiful old family home by the Rydd Water – but was she bound to live her life by the principles of her predecessors? Was there some hidden restraint that compelled her to heed the past? Celia’s house is a moving and poignant story of the struggle between old and young: the older generation anxious to preserve the values they have helped create while their children are determined at all costs to make lives of their own.

©1943 D. E. Stevenson (P)2011 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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The Third Sin

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Pleasure is the highest good: the group who called themselves the Cyrenaics embrace the hedonistic principle until the death of one of their members from an overdose. Sobered, the group went their separate ways. One headed for Canada, another disappeared and a third was believed to have committed suicide - at least until his body turns up in the wreck of a car swept up on the Solway mud flats. The murky relationships among the Cyrenaics, revived when they start returning from a party, bring more suffering and death. DI Marjory Fleming faces obstruction and hostility. Can she piece together the puzzle before someone else dies?

©2015 Aline Templeton (P)2016 Story Sound

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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It Started with a Giggle

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Soundings and Choc Lit present the audio edition of It Started with a Giggle.  On a night out in Edinburgh, single mum Liza-Belle Graham finds herself revealing her hopes and dreams to a green-eyed stranger. Liza always wanted to run an 'arty-crafty-booky' business, and she’s seen the perfect empty shop to make her dreams a reality. No harm in telling the stranger. It’s not like she’ll see him again....  But Scott McCreadie is no mystery man - he’s an interior designer looking for new premises. And who does Liza bump into when she arranges a viewing? None other than Scott trying to steal her perfect shop! Is Liza’s arty-crafty-booky dream in jeopardy, or is a new dream about to begin?

©2020 Kirsty Ferry (P)2020 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Author: Kirsty Ferry
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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Spring Magic

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Young Frances Field arrives in a scenic coastal village in Scotland, having escaped her dreary life as an orphan, treated as little more than a servant by an uncle and aunt. Once there, she encounters an array of eccentric locals, the occasional roar of enemy planes overhead and three army wives - Elise, Tommy and Tillie - who become fast friends. Elise warns Frances of the discomforts of military life, but she’s inclined to disregard the advice when she meets the dashing and charming Captain Guy Tarlatan.

©1942 D. E. Stevenson (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Mrs Tim Carries On

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Best-selling author D. E. Stevenson’s charming fictional alter ego, Hester Christie - or 'Mrs Tim', as she is affectionately known to friends of her military husband - was first introduced in Mrs Tim of the Regiment, published in 1932.  In 1941, Stevenson brought Mrs Tim back in this delightful sequel, to lift spirits and boost morale in the early days of World War II. With her husband stationed in France, Hester finds plenty to keep her busy on the home front.

©1941 D. E. Stevenson (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Vittoria Cottage

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Since being widowed, Caroline Dering has been content to live her life solely for her children. Then the mysterious Robert Shepperton arrives in the village. At first, Caroline's gentle heart is simply touched by his obvious unhappiness; until gradually she finds her sympathy turning into love. But the visit of her lovely younger sister, Harriet, to Vittoria Cottage, throws Caroline into a turmoil - because Harriet also falls for Mr. Shepperton.... It was not until now, when she thought she had lost Robert, that Caroline discovered how much he meant to her.... But with her beloved, glamorous sister Harriet evidently winning his friendship and admiration, what can be done....?

©1949 D. E. Stevenson (P)2017 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Music in the Hills

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After spending time combatting terrorists in Malaya, James Dering returns to Scotland. He starts a new life at Mureth House, the home of his aunt and uncle, Mamie and Jock Johnstone, where he hopes to learn to be a farmer. But he soon learns that picking up farming isn't an easy task and is made even more complicated by the unexpected ups and down of rural village life. Sheep-stealing crooks, village gossip, lovestruck teenage runaways, and a brunette bombshell all disturb the peaceful solitude James had willingly signed up for. And, of course, there's Rhoda Ware, the woman he left behind.... Could she be the key to James' happiness?

©1950 D. E. Stevenson (P)2015 Story Sound

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Mrs Tim Flies Home

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Hester Christie has spent a blissful 18 months living in Kenya, where husband Tim is posted. But now it’s back to England to be with her two nearly grown children. She rents a house near the village of Old Quinings in England’s North Country and plans a quiet summer with the children near the inn owned by her beloved former maid Annie and her husband. But things are never quiet for long with Mrs Tim, and she must navigate curious neighbours, a dishonest landlady and a troublesome travel companion who makes an unwelcome appearance in Old Quinings, not to mention some intrigue and a bit of matchmaking for young lovers.

©1952 D. E. Stevenson (P)2019 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Katherine Wentworth

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Married at 19, Katherine had four years of happiness with her beloved Gerald. When he dies, she is left on her own to bring up a stepson, Simon, and her own little twins. She has known what it is to be loved and cherished, and without Gerald, all she wants is independence, and the freedom to bring up his children as he would have liked. When an unexpected letter arrives for Simon, offering him a very different life, Katherine is concerned that he makes the right choice. She is worn out with worries and difficulties; but a restful holiday in the Scottish Highlands restores her zest for living. And it is only then that she begins that independence is not as important as love.

©1964 D. E. Stevenson (P)2013 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Katherine's Marriage

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Katherine Wentworth has married her hero, Alec Macfarlane. On their honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, she can scarcely believe that the four previous lonely years can have been replaced by so much joy. But her unclouded happiness does not last long. The return to Edinburgh brings her into conflict with her old school friend, Alec’s sister Zilla. A beautiful woman who had expected Alec to remain a lifelong companion, devoted only to her. Then the jealousies and greed of her first husband’s family threaten to bring unhappiness to her stepson Simon, who has new responsibilites as the heir to the great English estate of Limbourne…

©1965 D.E. Stevenson (P)2011 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Amberwell

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Five young Ayrtons all grew up at Amberwell, playing in the gardens and preparing themselves to venture out into the world. To each of these children, Amberwell meant something different, but common to all of them was the idea that Amberwell was more than just where they lived - it was part of them. Amberwell drove one of its children into a reckless marriage and healed another of his wounds...and there was one child who stayed at home and gave up her life to keep things running smoothly.

©1955 D. E. Stevenson (P)2008 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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A Cruel Courtship

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Scotland, 1297. In the weeks leading up to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, Margaret Kerr takes up residence in Stirling town. She has come to discover why the informer who has been providing Wallace and Murray with details of the English plans has become unreliable. Although fearful that she may have inherited her mother's visionary gift and curse, and estranged from her husband, Roger, she is as determined as ever to play her part in saving Scotland from the hammer of Edward Longshanks - King of England and would-be King of the Scots. She has accepted the undertaking at the request of James Comyn, kinsman of the deposed Scottish king, John Balliol. It is an important and difficult mission, for who holds Stirling Castle holds Scotland, and with fresh English recruits marching forth, a battle for the castle is imminent. But Margaret's loyalty to the cause is severely tested when Roger is killed. Now her spying role is doubly dangerous.

©2005 Candace Robb (P)2009 Random House Audio

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Author: Candace Robb
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Summerhills

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Summerhills continues the story of the lives and loves of the Ayrton family, in particular that of Major Roger Ayrton M.C., his brother, and three young half-sisters. Roger has made the Army his career. Anne has settled down as housekeeper to old Mr Orme, the rector. Nell looks after the old house, and it is upon her that the comfort and well-being of the family depend. A new generation is growing up. The story begins as Roger flies home to Amberwell on leave, full of plans for his family and home.

©1955 D. E. Stevenson (P)2008 Soundings

Narrator: Lesley Mackie
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible