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Vittoria Cottage

(1949)
(The first book in the Drumberley series)
A novel by

 
 
Caroline opened the door and saw Mr. Shepperton standing on the step. “Oh, it’s you!” she exclaimed in surprise.

“Did you—were you expecting someone else?” he asked.

“Only the Queen,” replied Caroline, chuckling. “Don’t mind me,” she added. “I often go slightly mad.”

Caroline Dering, a widow with three grown children, lives a cheerful, quiet life near the idyllic English village of Ashbridge. But things are about to liven up, as daughter Leda announces a problematic engagement to the son of the local squire, son James returns from service and pursues romance with the squire’s independent daughter, and sister Harriet, a famous actress who latest play has bombed, retreats to Ashbridge for a break. Then there’s Robert Shepperton, a charming widower recovering from the losses of war at the local inn . . .

These problems, as well as smaller challenges with an overbearing village organizer, the blustering Sir Michael, and Caroline’s daily help (“who rejoices in the name of Comfort Podbury”), are resolved with all of D.E. Stevenson’s flair for gentle humour, clever plotting, and characters who walk right off the page.

Furrowed Middlebrow and Dean Street Press have also reprinted Music in the Hills and Winter and Rough Weather, which continue the stories of some of the characters from Vittoria Cottage. All the novels feature an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith.

“A well-balanced novel that moves swiftly enough for any taste.” Manchester Evening News

“It is a family novel, and few writers can do this sort of thing better than Miss Stevenson.” Glasgow Herald

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

December 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): Dorothy Emily Stevenson
ISBN: 0-8488-1473-8 / 978-0-8488-1473-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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April 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 0-00-243863-1 / 978-0-00-243863-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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December 1983 : USA Hardback

Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): Dorothy Emily Stevenson
ISBN: 0-89966-163-7 / 978-0-89966-163-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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October 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage (Ulverscroft large print series. [romance])
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 0-7089-0057-7 / 978-0-7089-0057-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson, Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Dean Street Press
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 1-4448-3879-2 / 978-1-4448-3879-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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February 1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 0-00-613444-0 / 978-0-00-613444-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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1971 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vittoria Cottage,
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 0-03-080286-5 / 978-0-03-080286-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 1-4079-6580-8 / 978-1-4079-6580-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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February 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
ISBN: 1-4079-6581-6 / 978-1-4079-6581-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vittoria Cottage: Drumberley, Book 1
Author(s): D E Stevenson
Publisher: Soundings
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Vittoria Cottage: Drumberley, Book 1
Author(s): D E Stevenson
Publisher: Soundings
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson
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Title: Vittoria Cottage
Author(s): D E Stevenson, Alexander McCall Smith
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