Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

Miss Buncle has found herself in a bind. She’s running out of money and thinks of only one thing that can help her get some more. She decides to write a book but as she herself admits to having no imagination, she chooses to write about the people she knows best – the ones who live around her in Silverstream. Of course, Miss Buncle changes their names and does add some flair to their stories by having her neighbors do things that she’d want them to do. In Silverstream, everyone knows each other’s business and since Miss Buncle is viewed as a wildflower and slightly different, no one suspects that their actions and words are being written down. They only see Miss Buncle as the quiet and uninspiring member of the village, who has had some hardships in her life and will be forever alone due to her oddness.

To Miss Buncle’s surprise, the publisher, Mr. Abbott, loves her story and it is soon out for the public to read. Unfortunately, the release of The Disturber of the Peace by John Smith in Silverstream causes an uproar. The residents whose true selves were revealed in the book are steaming mad and they are determined to reveal the true identity of John Smith.

I loved reading Miss Buncle’s Book and about the village of Silverstream. At times I could find myself sitting in the village having tea with Miss Buncle. I could also imagine Mrs. Featherstone Hogg demanding attention and doing everything she could to get it. This story reminded me of how small towns work: everyone knows everyone and nothing is a secret, at least not for long.

This was the first book I’ve read by D.E. Stevenson and I wasn’t disappointed. This story was able to show the people of Silverstream how they appeared through another’s eyes, and they didn’t like what they saw.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.