The Baker s Daughter A stranger came to town and stole her heart Sue Pringle has never met anyone like John Darnay before A painter who roams the countryside with brush in hand Darnay is so absorbed in his art that he ca

  • Title: The Baker's Daughter
  • Author: D.E. Stevenson
  • ISBN: 9780441047147
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • A stranger came to town and stole her heart Sue Pringle has never met anyone like John Darnay before A painter who roams the countryside with brush in hand, Darnay is so absorbed in his art that he can barely remember to feed himself a stark contrast to the practical shopkeepers and shepherds of her tiny village Working as his housekeeper allows Sue to observe the ecA stranger came to town and stole her heart Sue Pringle has never met anyone like John Darnay before A painter who roams the countryside with brush in hand, Darnay is so absorbed in his art that he can barely remember to feed himself a stark contrast to the practical shopkeepers and shepherds of her tiny village Working as his housekeeper allows Sue to observe the eccentric Darnay unnoticed as he goes about his work translating the beautiful Scottish countryside onto canvas and Sue soon realizes that not only has she been transfixed by his arresting artwork, she has fallen in love with Darnay himself But will he ever look up from his paints long enough to love her back

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    1. D.E. Stevenson

      Full name Dorothy Emily Stevenson.Her father was a Cousin of Robert Louis StevensonD.E Stevenson had an enormously successful writing career between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the States Like E.F Benson, Ann Bridge, O Douglas or Dorothy L Sayers to name but a few her books are funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable.

    482 thoughts on “The Baker's Daughter”

    1. I've been working my way through some of D.E. Stevenson's old books lately. The Baker's Daughter isn't as inspired as Miss Buncle's Book, but it's a cozy, charming romance set in the Scottish lowlands in the 1930s. Sue Pringle, a young woman in her early 20s who is itching to get out of her family home since her irascible widowed father (the baker of the book's title) remarried, accepts a job as live-in cook and housekeeper for an artist and his wife, who live in a renovated mill outside of town [...]


    2. I wasn't expecting this book to be quite so meandering. I enjoyed it well-enough, but the story really does mosey along at its own pace and Stevenson throws in a lot of side events that end up going nowhere that enhance the feeling of taking its own time. Which isn't a bad thing if you're in the mood for an idyllic, even pastoral piece about life in a small Scottish town and a very slow-burn romance.Sue is truly charming, and that helps a lot. She's unhappy at home with her step-mother and her f [...]


    3. There's no "owl was the baker's daughter" allusions here -- Sue actually is the daughter of a baker. A rather uncongenial one who made her leave school to keep house for him when her mother died. A decade later he remarries, and suddenly Sue has little to occupy her time. Coincidentally overhearing a newcomer to her small Scottish town asking for a housekeeper, she takes the job and finds herself living in an abandoned mill with an absent-minded artist.


    4. Reading D.E. Stevenson books are like wearing your coziest, comfiest jammies on a cool, lazy Sunday, sipping hot, homemade soup in bed. I L O V E her. This book is one of a very comforting formula of astute observations of honest, everyday people doing regular ol' things oozing with love.


    5. John Darnay is a successful painter. His work has sold well and now he decides he will paint the countryside around Scotland (which entails renting 'Tog's Mill', up in the hills!) When the Darnays hire a new cook, Sue Pringle is more than ready to take on a job. Having lost her mother several years before, Sue has completed her teen years cooking and cleaning for her father and young brother, Sandy. The loss of his first wife has changed Will Pringle into a sober, taciturn and sometimes harsh fa [...]


    6. Sue Pringle is the baker's daughter of the title. Her mother was the spoiled only daughter of the grocer in their small Scottish lowlands village. She was a beautiful dreamer who could have had any man in the village and she chose the baker, Will Pringle. Will is a dour, stern man who doesn't understand his children. Sue is eminently practical like her father. She was content to keep house for him after her mother died but longs for independence now her father has remarried. When the Darnays, a [...]


    7. It's been a long time since i last read it so it was almost like reading it for the first time. It had me reading til 2 am to finish it, so, as always d. E. Stevenson is just such a readable author. With 50 books and more to her credit, (not sure of that number), even though i gave it a 3 star rating, i still really enjoyed reading it. There is a light touch of humor in many of her books, but that was missing here. I liked her characterization of the artist, and loved the descriptions of curling [...]


    8. I don't know why I was under the impression that Sue was about 17 and that Darnay was somewhere in his 40's. I didn't find out until page 219 that Sue was 23, and I never did find out how old Darnay was. Their relationship felt more father / daughter to me and that colored my perception of the story. I just could not get behind the idea of a romance between the two of them.


    9. D.E. Stevenson might be the L.M. Montgomery of my adulthood. Both authors write characters who make me want to be a better person.


    10. I love the author's Mrs. Tim books, which I own. I really enjoy her Miss Buncle series, too, and several of her others that I've had the opportunity to read, but I hated this book so much I ended up returning it to Audible. For one thing, the heroine is boring. She's so naïve and passive she has no personality at all. And the supposed love interest is a jerk. I could see why his wife probably left him. Apparently he thinks calling women names like "uneducated savage" is sweet. When she makes on [...]


    11. Sue Pringle jumps at the chance to be the cook at the new couple Mr and Mrs Darnays, she sees it as escape from her fathers dour moods and her step mother. However she finds that on her first day Mrs. Darnay has left and Mr. Darnay is all alone. Sue decides to stay when she realises Mr Darnay is like a child, painting is in his blood and often he knows all else. Slowly but surely she falls in love. What happens next? Lovely warmth as is characteristic of all Stevenson's books. Quite annoyed at t [...]


    12. D.E. Stevenson is such a compelling storyteller. While her style would seem overly formal today, her real gift is in creating characters you feel like you know. And in doing so she brings to life a time that passed more than 70 years ago.


    13. Ok- just ok. I have read a lot of WWII Germany stuff and this wasn't the best, but it was pretty good and definately worth reading.


    14. Not one of her best-I could not warm up to Sue or Mr. Darnay. The Scotland setting was beautiful and the painting of their homeland was well done.


    15. This was a quick read, but satisfying. Ms. Stevenson's heroines are so level-headed and sensible, never getting in ridiculous, unbelievable situations, that you admire them. That doesn't mean there is no adventure. Sue Pringle, or Miss Bun, as the hero calls her, takes a job as live-in cook for an English family living in Scotland. The very night she arrives, the wife and French maid decamp, leaving her to do double duty as cook and housekeeper to a successful artist. He is too caught up in his [...]


    16. Sue Pringle agrees to be the housekeeper for artist John Darnay. She thinks he's fine; he thinks she's funny. SPARKS FLY. Art, divorce lawsuits, French lessons and more art later we get our happy ever after. I really liked this! It was meandering but not too long. And it was sweet and entertaining and romantic without being over the top or treacly. And I enjoyed watching Sue and John figuring each other out, and developing their own special method of communication, and seeing how they fall in lo [...]


    17. Another interesting read, taking place in my favorite venue, small town Scotland. I continue to be amazed at this author’s ability to describe people and locales in such a way to paint pictures in my mind. Her characters are well developed in my opinion, and her storyline, although fairly simplistic, is believable and keeps my interest. I really enjoy reading about life in a simpler time, in a world before electronics. I’ll keep reading her books although I might take a break for a book or t [...]


    18. This is more of a 3 and a half star book. It kind of meanders along to its easy-to-spot-from-miles-away conclusion. I didn't quite warm up to the main character, Sue, but the supporting characters were likeable if a little stereotypical.I like the author's writing style and want to read more of her work. Miss Buncle's Book is still my favorite.


    19. I just love D. E. Stevenson's novels because I always find an interesting romantic story with added Scottish mise en scene feel. I just wish all her books were available via Kindle. Sue Pringle begins to enjoy life when working as a housekeeper for an artist near her home town but he is so out of her reach in so many ways and she needs to learn to forget him.


    20. Not one of my favourites, it just doesn't ring true for Scotland in the 1930s - or even the 1970s, and strangely the author gets a crucial Scottish tradition wrong.piningforthewest/2017/1


    21. Sweet and stately, Sue's story of growth and self-discovery was delightful. It's a bit jarring just how much she owed that to abject and hopeless love for her employer, Mr. Darnay, but it all rounds out well in the end once he is brought low too- it had a rather Jane Eyre feel to it.


    22. Cute, simple read about a quaint Scottish town (1920s-ish) and a young girl turned housekeeper who ends up falling for her boss/artist.


    23. Very sweetA very sweet story. I wish Sue had learned the truth about her parents and a few other threads left hanging in the story. But overall, I enjoyed this.



    24. This was a very cute, old fashioned romance. I loved how Sue took charge of her life and her own happiness. The one thing I didn't like (view spoiler)[is that John Darnay is married. You find out very early in the book but I had no idea and it kind of blindsided me. He is married for most of the book, although he does eventually divorce his wife. It's probably a good thing I didn't know because I might not have read it otherwise.(hide spoiler)] In spite of that, it was a real pleasure watching " [...]


    25. Although a good read, I have some difficulty with the pre-war English social structure. Miss Bun becomes the cook to a young London couple who moved into a old mill house in her tiny village. The wife leaves her husband when he refuses to paint any more unrealistic (make-over) paintings for his rich clientele. As he paints what he wants, fewer bills are paid and Miss Bun tries her best to keep him fed and warm. She has fallen for her boss, but realizes how different their stations in life are.Wh [...]


    26. Sue Pringle, village born and bred, is destined to live her life according to the expectations of others. As a baker's daughter, there is the expectation of working in her father's shop, which might have worked except for the tension of living with Grace, her father's new wife. There is also the expectation of working her grandfather's mercantile, a much better prospect, except for the expectation of marrying Hickey, her grandfather's assistant. Sue surprises everyone when she takes the position [...]


    27. I like this book it had a lot of paintings and poety in it. I love poetry. It was also a clean romance. Something I have been struggling finding recently. The last two books I tried to read were so dirty I had to put them down. rrr. The people in this book were very loyal to each other which was also nice.


    28. The setting of this story is a small village in Scotland in the 1930's. It's a refreshing read--a slower paced time, old-fashioned romance and a peaceful period in history. Will look for more books by this author. May be difficult to find in libraries due to its publication date, but was readily available on Kindle.


    29. I am on this quest to find lost books that have stopped being published. This little gem of a novel is a sweet romance set in Scotland that was written in the 1930's but went out of publication for awhile due to paper conservation during WWII. The book jacket compared the writing to Jane Austen well, let's not exaggerate. A pleasant read.


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