The Tale of Hawthorn House (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #4)

The Tale of Hawthorn House (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #4)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Miss Beatrix Potter finds the abandoned Baby Flora?and a scarab ring?on her doorstep. An investigation reveals that the ring was pawned and reclaimed by a resident of the vacant and supposedly haunted Hawthorn House. Now Beatrix and her animal friends are left pondering these utterly puzzling happenings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425223284
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 248,871
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Tale of Hawthorn House (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet little mystery series that gives a charming look into Beatrix Potter's life, where her animals really come to life. Very cozy!
mldg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Tale of Hawthorn House is the fourth book in the cottage tales mystery series. Each book centers on Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm in England's Land between the Lakes district. Beatrix finds a baby on her doorstep. Who would abandon a baby? Captain Woodcock is determined to find out. Beatrix, with the help of the Hawthorn Folk, is able to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, out in the barn Jemima Puddleduck is determined to become a mother. Will she have the perseverance to hatch out her eggs? The threads of these two stories, (human and animal) are woven together in a delightful way. Readers of all ages will enjoy this well written book.
ManiB More than 1 year ago A book based around the most popular children’s author of all time? Don’t mind if I do! That is exactly what The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter are. Who is Beatrix Potter, you ask? Why, every child has heard of Peter Rabbit! That is exactly who Beatrix Potter is, the author of some of the most famous children’s stories ever written. Some of her works include The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of Pigling Bland. Albert bases her stories (loosely) around events that actually occurred in Ms. Potter’s life. From the history I have personally read of Beatrix it seems to me she made the personality of the character fit very well with the real woman. Shy, determined, intelligent, creative. Wonderful. In this story Beatrix is visits the lovely little town of Near Sawrey where she owns a farm that she, due to her over bearing parents, doesn’t get to visit very often. Ms. Potter loves her little farm and does her very best to take care of it and make it prosperous. However, every time she comes to the village, she seems to get tied up in some kind of mystery and mild mayhem. In this case it is the mystery of a baby that was left on her doorstep and no one knows where the child came from or why the infant was left on that particular doorstep, By a series of fortunate coincidences she does in the find the child’s parents and the child gets the best of all worlds in the end. In the meantime Beatrix is mistakenly marked a bride, assists a friend with some much needed courage, and misplaces a duck. I do believe the part about the duck is my favorite. Anyone who has read Beatrix Potter’s stories knows the tale of Jemima Puddleduck and in this book we get to explore a little further into her story as well as her furry friend’s. In all of the books Albert has done about Beatrix in her Cottage Tales series, she delves a little further into the children’s stories that Potter actually wrote. It is really wonderful to add to those little details to the stories already in your head, even if it just seems like some insignificant detail. Now, if you’re looking for a fast paced, action packed book then this series would not be quite right under those pre-requisites. If you want an interesting, well written, quiet yet detail orientated mystery then look no further.
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The revelation that Baby Flora's birth mother wasn't who I initially thought was quite surprising. And Dimity's decision to "stand up" to her brother was very refreshing.
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ninjamom More than 1 year ago
I found this book, it's characters, and plot very confusing. I had to go back and re-read many chapters just to figure out what was going on and who was who. I really like this author but I don't think I'm a fan of this series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Tale of Hawthorn House Susan Wittig Albert Berkley, Sept 2007, $25.95, 336 pp. ISBN: 9780425216552 Beatrix Potter loves her home in the Lake District village of Near Sawrey even though she can only get away from her family¿s London mansion for a few weekends at a time. Her parents expect her to take care of them in their old age and her mother wants her around all the time to cater to her whims. She is there for the summer fete and is very surprised to find a baby in a box with a scarab ring left by her door. She sees an elderly woman walking away and levitating over her wall. She is unable to keep the baby because her brother is coming for a visit and then she has to go to London on business. She gives the baby to Dimity Woodcock who falls in love with baby Flora. Her brother captain Miles Woodcock is the justice of the peace for the Sawrey district and is determined to find the mother and hold her accountable for abandoning the baby. In the meantime, Major Christopher Kitteredge, who had a scandal attached to him, asks Dimity to marry him. Dimity doesn¿t want to go against her brother who opposes the relationship but she has loved the major all her life. She asks Beatrix for advice and the lonely spinster is determined to help her friend as well as find out who the mother of baby Flora is so that the major and Dimity can adopt her. --- Fans of Rita Mae Brown¿s Mrs. Murphy series will thoroughly enjoy this book in which the animals talk to each other in a totally hilarious subplot about who steals egg and sits on them for two months when they are supposed to hatch in twenty-eight days. This is a gentle whimsical tale with a nice dose of a mystery mixed into the cozy storyline. ---Harriet Klausner