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After deciding to restore an old music pavilion as well as other structures of historic interest in the neighborhood, the Haverard family becomes involved with a London firm of unscrupulous more

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192712969
  • 9780192712967

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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. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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