Book reviews


I came across the Aunt Dimity series after reading Ami at luvtoread’s delightful review of Aunt Dimity & the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton. Ami’s review suggested that readers who are new to the Aunt Dimity books start at the beginning of the series, but as most of my reading matter comes from the local library, I am a slave to what they have, so started with number 19, Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well. 

Book Review: Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #10)

Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well was a fun read which featured a light mystery. The story follows the heroine, Lori Shepherd as she and her neighbours welcome a newcomer to their English village in the Cotswalds. The newcomer is Jack MacBride, who hails from… wait for it… Malua Bay in New South Wales. You won’t believe this, but I lived at Malua Bay for many years, so nearly fell out of my Acapulco Chair in my haste to show the relevant page to He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers! Nancy Atherton must have visited Malua Bay at some point as Jack described it as a slice of paradise. See the photo below for proof…


Coincidences aside, Jack MacBride is a tall, handsome, gorgeous Aussie (aren’t they all?) who set female hearts a-flutter when he arrived just in time for his Uncle Hector’s funeral. A few people suspect Jack of being someone other than who he says he is, but others, including Lori, jump at the chance to help him clear the garden around his Uncle Hector’s cottage in order for him to put it up for sale. When a wishing well is discovered in the garden, Lori makes a wish which comes true. Soon, everyone for miles around is visiting the garden to make their own wishes.

Other people’s wishes also start coming true, which became a problem when their wishes started impacting other people’s happiness. Lori, in an attempt to get to the bottom of what is going on with the wishing well, discusses matters with her Aunt Dimity who helps her to work out what is going on.

It is no secret that the character of Aunt Dimity is a ghost, who Lori communicates with by writing in a book with magical ink. I accepted this without hesitation, but struggled with the idea of a wishing well which delivered all sorts of wishes. I might have been less skeptical if a character had wished for a never-ending supply of chocolate, but obviously we all want different things…

Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well was a quick read, fun and frothy and I enjoyed it enormously. Highly recommended as a cheerful, light read.


Comments on: "Aunt Dimity & the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton" (6)

  1. Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed this! There’s such a sweetness to this series. And how funny that the one that you happened to read had a character from a place you had lived!

  2. Oh, I agree with you. Impossible to suspend disbelief if the wisher is not asking for chocolate. A reality flaw there……….

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