The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
Genre – Cozy British Mystery
Age Range – Anyone
Series – 1st book in The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter
The story starts with a death in the small community of Sawrey. This causes a crisis for the villagers as the woman who died was going to host the newcomer, Ms. Potter, to the village. Ms. Potter has just bought the land of Hill Top Farm, and she is hoping to get some inspiration for her books. As the villagers try to figure out where to put Ms. Potter, things start disappearing from several local establishments. Ms. Potter must eventually decide whether she will become involved in the small village or go back home to her parents?
My Thoughts –
This book has all the charm of the British countryside. The plot is a bit slower as it takes time to introduce all the characters, but it is well worth it. Not so much a mystery as a fictional account of what it might have been like for Beatrix Potter to move away from her family. The author ensures that we know who the real people are in the story, and at the back of the book gives a chronological account of Beatrix Potter’s life at Hill Top Farm.
The author did something unique by having not only people in the story, but animals as well. The animals can talk among themselves and not to people. Several of the animals are real pets that Beatrix Potter had. The animals actually are quite the investigators of the story. It gives the book a touch of fantasy which really fits.
Another thing I liked was the characters. I know I say that about almost every book, but I truly mean it here. All the characters have a role to play in this tiny community. Whether it be the vicar, the constable, or the head teacher. The author lets us hear from a variety of perspectives, although the main voice belongs to Ms. Potter. There is a vary poignant moment between the vicar and an ill character which shows how much he cares for everyone.
Negative content –
- Violence – One character dies of natural causes (off the page) and a character stumbles and breaks her leg
- Language – None
- Innuendo – None
I am eager to read the rest of this series as it was amazing. It is the perfect fall book. If you are interested in more character development and less mystery, then this might be the book for you. It truly brought the world of Beatrix Potter to life and makes me want to go back and read her children’s stories.
I cannot wait to hear your thoughts!!
2 thoughts on “Review for The Tale of Hill Top Farm”
I am scrolling through your blog tonight and my TBR list is blowing up and I am so inspired! I couldn’t decide where to stop and comment but I had to at this one because I have been eyeing this series for awhile. I love a good cozy mystery and you have sealed the deal for me!! So many great books and I am still have more reviews to read:)). Thanks for sharing the page with me!
Awe, so glad you are enjoying the blog!! I find it exciting whenever I find new books for TBR list 😉 Glad you found some! This is such a wonderful series! I haven’t finished it yet, but am hoping to in the future. I think there is a total of 8 books. Before reading The Tale of Hill Top Farm, I didn’t know much about Beatrix Potter, and I love the small town charm!
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