Reviewer: WendyE Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 11 Aug 2018 7:47 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

I've read all 10 books through three times now and would love to know how this story continues! Any chance of some more Mary?

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Date: 27 Jun 2018 9:26 am Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 24 Jun 2018 10:38 pm Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 17 Jun 2018 2:19 am Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 16 Jun 2018 5:08 am Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 16 Jun 2018 4:02 am Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 15 Jun 2018 11:25 am Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Reviewer: Katina Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 09 Jun 2018 9:27 pm Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 07 Jun 2018 11:00 pm Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Date: 07 Jun 2018 6:01 pm Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

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Reviewer: Clair Anonymous starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 05 Jun 2018 11:13 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad


I love the start of this - the banter between them is exactly what they both need, a few minutes respite form all of the pain, both mental and physical.

What a wonderful opportunity for Meg, I'm so pleased that Josie is happy to help Meg and will be able to let Meg show just how good her music has become now that she has lat those barriers fall. Meg will have something solid to show how much she has changed, from being technically brilliant to being a true musician with emotions taking her through the notes is a massive achievement.

I'm sure Hilda will rest more easily knowing that MA is there to help Meg if needed. MA's points about the similarities between Ellie and Hilda are well made - they may have been a little bemused by each other had Ellie not enjoyed books! 

Ian's very good for MA, he loves her but has no problem in telling her what's what. Their relationship has improved so much with them both being close to Hilda so it was a good thing Ian was inspired enough to suggest Hilda going to the convent in the first place. Little did he know he would be rewarded with such a closeness to his sister from it.

Until that last nasty comment I didn't know whether I wanted to hug Kathie or shake her, shake her won. I do feel sorry for her in some ways though, she's behaving just like many an only child who suddenly has to share and doesn't like it. She's used to being the centre of attention - from being rather petted as her aunt was worried about her feeling the lack of parents, to being all in all with Nancy and even as a teacher she would be the one in charge being listened to and taken notice of - and now the only way she can find to get attention is by being completely obnoxious. 

Kathie is still a child in many ways needing approbation and throwing insults when she doesn't get her own way. She's also possibly confused, she's told to ask for help, phones to request it and rather than seeing that others have greater needs she sees her request refused so has a tantrum. I have always felt that she was promoted to deputy too soon, she needed to be a senior mistress first and not leap from form mistress to deputy without the grounding in between. Kathie is simply not mature enough for all of this and her temperament is too volatile for all the mixed emotions going on around her so she has retreated to 'me first' which has worked her whole life so far.

I agree with Hilda that Kathie's worth saving but also with MA that she is selfish, difficult and too full of her own needs. What will happen to Kathie I have no idea but I'm not sure she still belongs at the school, not the way she's behaving anyway.

Thanks Mary   



Reviewer: Clair Anonymous starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 05 Jun 2018 10:36 am Title: Chapter 42 - Very Humble Apologies

My own apologies both for being so late with reviews and for writing such essays when I get to them! Mary, never worry, we'll still be here waiting patiently even when there are time gaps - ND is worth waiting for. Technology is only our friend when it works after all.

Reviewer: Clair Anonymous starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 05 Jun 2018 10:34 am Title: Chapter 41 - The Pot of Gold Buried Deep in the Heart of a Friend

Hilda does need to rest but certainly won't feel able to do so until she's seen Meg. The strength she's gaining from MA being there will help her through and then she'll be able to face the san - and it's peace and quiet - for the night.

Their friendship is incredibly strong and I love Hilda's way of knowing people's faults but letting them be when she cares about someone, surely all true friends do that unless it's necessary to address that fault. Most people just don't put it into words the way that Hilda does. Having the forethought to refuse to use Kate's name in order to avoid conflict later on is indicative of just how deeply Hilda goes with her friends.

Hilda's relief at not having to do much at the convent and then her acceptance of MA's words with the convent in Boston show her own exhaustion but also her trust in MA. Hilda knows that it's for her own good. I love the humour between them once Hilda has accepted her lack of strength, she's always one to find gentle humour in the horrible situations and the fact that MA does the same must help.

Hilda's thoughts haven't stopped even while resting with her ideas for Katy and Ellie in Boston and her worries re Gilles and Sylvie. There's little she can do for Gilles and Sylvie so I hope she concentrates on what she can do for the twins, sorting them out might just be the best way of helping Gilles and Sylvie as a couple in the long term. Her care for the whole family in Boston and consideration as to how to best help each of them is astounding.

Nancy's involvemnet of Sharlie shows how far she has come and that she will be a more than worthy successor when the time comes. Hilda needs to allow Nancy more freedom, in some ways it will be good for them all when Hilda's away as Nancy's confidence has more chance when she's not worrying about overstepping the mark with Hilda - her instinct told her to consult Sharlie yet she was nervous of saying so to Hilda.   

I'm glad that both Jack and Helen will be ther for Hilda as she trusts them implicitly and knows how much they care for her. It's inspired of Jack to include Ellie as she'd be worrying too much if at school while Hilda was at the san. 

Thanks Mary

Reviewer: Blueskye Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 29 May 2018 9:04 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

So pleased that all Meg's hard work is bearing fruit - it's all coming together for her, which is fabulous.  Pleased to see Vivien back on the scene - an constant source of support and dependability - a vital part of Hilda's network.  As for Kathie...words fail...surely something will have to change before / when she gets to the convent or MA is going to have no effect at all.

Thanks again, Mary!

Reviewer: Rosemarie Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 26 May 2018 12:17 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Will MA even take Kathie to the convent, this ' angry, selfish, self-seeking young woman? '  If she does, a miracle is needed to turn the girl back to the person who was so well liked by both girls and staff.

Thank you Mary for the time and effort needed to get even this shortened chapter to us.



Reviewer: Linda Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 25 May 2018 1:33 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

So glad you've managed to get this posted at last, Mary, but it was worth waiting for.

I do love the conversations between Hilda abs MA, they are so good for each other and becoming such a great support to each other that I am sure will continue, albeit on a slightly different level when Hilda enters the convent. MA's call with Ian was nice too. They will get so much pleasure being able to meet more frequently once Ian moves to Norfolk

But Kathie, just how much lower can she stoop? I'm beginning to think that she is a lost cause. She has been offered help and support from so many people, but she just keeps throwing it back in their faces. She is just so blind to her own faults and so arrogant that she feels that she must come first every time. Will she ever learn?

I'm looking forward to the other half of this chapter and hope that you don't have the same problems posting it. Thank you Mary

Reviewer: Bobcat Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 22 May 2018 10:55 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Wow.......Kathie is Are there no depths to which she won't sink? She's getting her claws into everyone. Is she liked the cornered wild animal, who often attacks out of fear or pain, or her own wilful selfishness, I wonder? She also seems to be acting on Chesterton's quote, but in completely the wrong way. Anger doesn't seem to work with her, nor does gentleness (yet). MA needs to think about how to get through to her. And please, MA, give Nancy a call and talk to the poor woman; I dread to think how she's feeling at the moment. Will MA tell Nancy or Hilda what Kathie has just said..... I wonder?

I'm glad the change in Meg is having a ripple effect and other staff are seeing the good that's coming out of the situation.

Reviewer: Sarah Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 22 May 2018 5:58 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Amazing as always Mary, and I think G K Chesterton would have been saying that quote for me! 😀 xx

Reviewer: Karita Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 22 May 2018 10:38 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Wow! What a chapter! How wonderful for Miss Lawrence to see Meg play so beautifully. :-) That bit as lovely, as she bubbled over on the phone.


As for Kathie - I could shake her! I like that Mother kept her temper but still shot her dart in. Terrible behaviour! Mother got it right - she shrugs off the help she gets, then goes back for more. She can't regulate her own emotions, the next time an emotion or thought gets the better of her she runs for help. She needs to learn how to experience an emotion, hold it, learn from it and move past without being so needy. It seems to me like her own inner thoughts frighten her and she too immature to see it. 


Or maybe she's just a pampered little brat.


I'm on the edge of my seat dying to see how it goes with Meg finding out about her father! And for goodness sake, let Hilda get through this day quickly. * Tears hair out *

Reviewer: Seven Signed [Report This]
Date: 21 May 2018 8:18 pm Title: Chapter 1: - And Light Is A Way

I hope the transfusion will stop the terrible pain Hilda is feeling and enable her to go and see Tessa.  She will be devastated if she can't make the journey after promising.  

Im so glad Meg is doing an A level in music.  She will do really well with her own talent and such an enthusiastic teacher.  

I really cannot understand Kathie.  I thought Hilda, MA and Ian were beginning to get through to her but it seems not.  How can she be so self centred and unfeeling for others especially after being at the school for so long and doing well with the girls and her teaching.  Is this down to the ideas put in her head by her aunt?  I just hope the convent knocks all that selfishness and jealousy out of her.  

Reviewer: shesings Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: 21 May 2018 12:35 am Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Kathie has almost gone beyond redemption. If what she has already heard hasn't broken through that hard shell of self-absorption it's hard to see what will.

Reviewer: Elder in Ontario Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 May 2018 6:56 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

It's definitely just as well that Mother is there with Hilda - the latter would be suffering even more without that loving, yet bracing support, wouldn't she?  I love the way they work things out together.  Now that Hilda's (and Ellie's) return to the San for overnight is settled, the former continues resigned to it, realising that she really does need the transfusion.  I only hope that it will do something to alleviate the severe pain she's in, and that Jack's fears that this could become chronic are not borne out, though it's clear that medically they are not without foundation.  But I do wish he had waited a little longer before even hinting at the chance to Mother - the fear just makes her role so much harder.  Definitely a good plan for Hilda to postpone the meeting with Meg for an hour and see what a good soak in a hot bath can do to help her.

Lovely to see Josie Lawrence's delight in Meg's imrproved skills, and that she was so keen to share her delight with Mother and Hilda; definitely a day brightener for the two of them.  Here's hoping too, that this new-found confidence over her music as well as her improvement in so many areas, will spur Meg on to be receptive to contact with her father once she learns that he wants to see - we know both HIlda and Mother will spare no efforts to help her do so.  As for Vivien, as always, nothing is too much trouble for her. 

Ah, the closeness of twins - even ones who don't manage to meet too often.  Ian was very swift to discern that all was not well with his sister, wasn't he?  

And then there's Kathie.  Clearly she's still not ready to benefit from all she has been told in the last 48 hoiurs or so - it's all still about her and her needs, isn't it?  But I'm glad Mother was able to grit her teeth, especially after Kathie's last gratuitous insult.

I agree with Pauline that this is a very effective splitting point, Mary; you've even left us with several cliffs:  how will Meg react to the news from her father; will the transfusion have the desired effect; will Hilda really be fit enough for Boston - like Mother, I'm beginning to wonder; and will Kathie ever learn or is there indeed, "any point in Hilda trying to salvage this angry, selfish, self-seeking young woman?" 

Thank you, Mary both for a very heart-warming, if at times heart-wrenching section - and for leaving us hanging on with bated breath for the next section!! 

Reviewer: PaulineS Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 May 2018 5:28 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Mary, a very telling and suitable place to split the chapter.  After feeling for Hilda and Kate to hear Kathy reverting to a childish, selfish person, is telling.  I am not sure she can be called even a young woman, she is acting like a seven year old in a toddler like tantrum.

Meg's improved piano playing alongside her other work is good to see and that it gives her an extra A level as well.

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Date: 20 May 2018 5:14 pm Title: Chapter 43- Good News and Bad

Oh Kathie! She just hasn't taken on board anything that people who are trying to help her are saying. She really does need that time in the convent, though it doesn't seem likely that it will turn her around as it did Meg. Lovely to see how Meg is blossoming and lputtingher heart and soul into her music, great outlet for her emotions, which she'll need even more once she hears about her father.

Do hope the transfusion will ease Hilda's pain, she really needs a few days' rest and relaxation before the trip to Boston, but she is unlikely to get it. I think she need another companion as well as Ellie for the journey, maybe Vivien would like a trip to Boston??

Thanks for successfully posting this,Mary!

Reviewer: Lynne Anonymous [Report This]
Date: 18 May 2018 9:42 am Title: Chapter 42 - Very Humble Apologies

I'm so enjoying this series.. Can't wait to see how Meg and her Dad get on, I'm really hoping she reacts favourably as I think theyve both suffered enough!!

Also wondering how Joey and her little angel are



Author's Response: Thanks, Lynne. I'm also hoping Meg responds positively to the news about her father - but given the way Ellie responded, who knows? As to Jo, I suppose I haven't shown her in action for a while, so must out that right, for you if no one else! *grins*

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