But these concerns are eclisped by tragedy when young Flick Charter Plackett, adored by just about everyone in the village, is knocked down by the unpopular barman, Alan. Before the shock of the accident has passed, a new, bitter dispute springs up over houses Sir Ralph wants to build on his land. Reaction to the plan seems extreme even by village standards - but there is a personal motive behind one particular source of opposition?
Craddok Fitch is a relative newcomer to the village of Turnham Malpas and is keen to make a splash by holdng a village show - the best ever - in the grounds of his large house. Although a brillant organiser, Louise is in deep personal trouble - and her growing obsession with the married rector can only end in tears.
As the weeks roll by into summer and nerves tighten in anticipation of the great day, romances heat up and then cool down, tempers flare and misunderstandings multiply Th village school is to get a new Head and the inhabitants of Turnham Malpas await her arrival with avid curiosity. At first sight Kate Pascoe seems ideal - young, pretty, and she obviously loves her job - but before long the villagers are beginning to think differently. Mysterious lights are seen in Sykes Wood at night, a dog apparently long dead comes to life, and a sudden shocking death plunges the village into a state of superstitious dread.
And always at the heart of the storm is Kate Pascoe. As May Day approaches, with its traditional celebrations, the Rector, Peter Harris, makes it his job to discover the truth about the strange happenings in the village. When Jimbo asks his mother, Katherine, to come and live near him in Turnham Malpas, his kindness has rather more repercussions than he anticipated. Before long Katherine is organising the harvest festival display, and causes uproar with her high handed ways. Worse still, she sets herself up as guardian of the villagers morals, and sreads rumours and half truths about her neighbours lives.
But Katherine goes too far when she organises a petition to try and rid the village of those she considers to be most at fault.
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The village is bedevilled by talk and all is not as it seems in the village of Turnham Malpas Does pushy newcomer Venetia have her eye on Peter, the handsome rector? Is Jeremy, her husband, really making a success of the new health club? And why does Willie's new love set a vicious tongue wagging? In the Royal Oak, the usual banter has turned to bitter wrangling as the The village is bedevilled by talk and all is not as it seems in the village of Turnham Malpas In the Royal Oak, the usual banter has turned to bitter wrangling as the rector's wife Caroline makes a challenge over an ancient country tradition and splits the village her husband had so recently united.
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As the people of the village use the power of words to reconcile or divide, Peter finds it is what isn't talked about that threatens to cause madness, confusion and tragedy. Tales from Turnham Malpas 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Talk of the Village , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 30, June Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Following on from "The New Rector", "Talk of the Village" continues describing the dramas as well as the highs and lows in the lives of the residents in the village of Turnham Malpas. In this little "soap opera in novel form" there are new arrivals Venetia and Jeremy Mayer - who are not who they seem ; the opening of a Health Club; some grotty goings on with Gwen and Beryl Baxter - the antisocial, hermit-like elderly sisters; a child abduction; some scandal about some rabbits; arson; the opening Following on from "The New Rector", "Talk of the Village" continues describing the dramas as well as the highs and lows in the lives of the residents in the village of Turnham Malpas.
In this little "soap opera in novel form" there are new arrivals Venetia and Jeremy Mayer - who are not who they seem ; the opening of a Health Club; some grotty goings on with Gwen and Beryl Baxter - the antisocial, hermit-like elderly sisters; a child abduction; some scandal about some rabbits; arson; the opening of a Pandora's Box and some prospective hatches and matches. Who says life in an English country village is quiet?
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I have given this book five stars purely for its escapist qualities and in the main, the storyline is good - maybe a little poor towards the end - but the characters are easy to engage with. I always like Rebecca Shaw-type stories when I've read a few heavier books - they really are a breath of fresh air. If you like these type of stories - country community life - then you may like to also check out the books by Eve Houston. May 12, Crissy rated it it was amazing. Lovely story from the village. Mar 11, Hilary Walker rated it liked it. Good village story - it's useful to read them in order as the characters are developed.
May 24, Laurie Buchanan rated it really liked it. Whether shared as harmless banter or with malicious intent, no one is above gossip. Everyone is grist for the rumor mill that turns with surprising alacrity in the once-sleepy village of Turnham Malpas—even the village rector.
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All eyes are on Reverend Peter Harris, his wife Dr. Caroline, and their newborn twins. From speculation to downright accusation, scandal spreads like wildfire that has the potential to destroy everything in its path.
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A quick and enjoyable read that makes you think about ho Whether shared as harmless banter or with malicious intent, no one is above gossip. A quick and enjoyable read that makes you think about how much whispered kindling you provide to keep the fire stoked. Although I feel this book is aimed at a more mature age group ; I still really enjoyed this gossipy village book. Lots of scandals happening in Turnham Malpas.
The characters were all interesting and I liked how they all interacted with each other. The Rector's wife must have been a bloody saint as I wouldn't have been putting up with that. This is the second in the series but I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything, this is fine to read as a stand alone.
One thing I did feel it was Although I feel this book is aimed at a more mature age group ; I still really enjoyed this gossipy village book. One thing I did feel it was missing was commas, could of done with a few more of those.
Other than that, pretty good read. Apr 19, Kathy rated it really liked it.
I am still intrigued with the small town English life, and the characters that live in the village. The only thing I still find a little strange is the whole situation with the rector and Suzy. It was a little too contrived. However, it looks like Suzy or her mother may be getting ready to re enter the lives of the twins. So, onto the next book! Mar 24, Linda Badcock rated it it was ok. I won't rush out to find more books by this writer, but I would probably read them of they fell into my lap. The characters were fairly interesting if a little unbelievable. I was annoyed by the punctuation in that there didn't seem to be enough of it.
That may be because I read a large-print edition. Perhaps the original had more commas.
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Apr 07, Louise Randall rated it really liked it Shelves: Very much an easy read. Given this book and wouldn't have picked it up to read otherwise but I loved it. The characters certainly come alive for me and I enjoyed the various scandals which emerge. Who'd have believed that such things happened in a sleepy village. Read this after reading a more harrowing book and it was just what I needed.