The Tale of Hill Top Farm (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #1)

The Tale of Hill Top Farm (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #1)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Overview

The author of Peter Rabbit and other tales, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults worldwide. In this first Cottage Tale, Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover and Good Samaritan with a knack for solving mysteries. With help from her entourage of talking animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawrey, where she's just bought an old farm—and plans to stay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425201015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2005
Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 171,438
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.76(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.

Date of Birth:

1940

Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois

Education:

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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"Promises to be a series with legs-and tails." —Publishers Weekly

"Endearing...resonates with charm...sleuth Beatrix positively shines." —School Library Journal

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Tale of Hill Top Farm (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Wittig Albert takes her writing to a new high with her Beatrix Potter Cottage Series. I grew up reading Beatrix Potter's stories and now I can enjoy meeting the author in this delightful series which tells of the life she loved on her farm in the country. True to Miss Potter's tales, the animals play a large part in these stories; Beatrix seems able to communicate with the animals which adds to the charm of the tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a story. There are no crazy chases across continents. No secret socities are unearthed. Not a political twist to be found. Its simply a story. An enjoyable relaxing read. Perfect when the day has been too crazy. A tale to fall into and for a short time live in a quieter era. I find it ironic that Im enjoying this wonderful book about yester year on my nook tablet! It really is a book I would enjoy to hold. See some illustrations. But since I may not have read this author again if not for my nook recommending her I will forget the medium and simply get reaquainted.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
This was a cute tale! I loved how they switched from the townsfolk and then to the animals. I really enjoyed how the animals got themselves "involved" in solving some of mysteries in the book. Mind you, the death of Mrs Tolliver was just one of the mysteries in this tale, there's also a few other little mysteries within the big one that need to be solved and although not necessary it does add more substance to the book. The description and feel of rural village life is well done and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it and it really did feel as if you were there in the town with these people. Naturally, what isn't a town without the endless drivel of gossip? you have your stereotypical characters: a gossip, a priest, the "liberated" woman who poses as a danger to society (OMG she rides a bike everybody! and wears pants!!), the pair of spinster sisters that live together, the list is endless. The characters are very likable each in their own little way. I don't think I have a particular favorite yet. Although I really do love the part where Beatrix defends someone, and comes out of her shell to say what's on her mind. It shows Beatrix developing on her own without her parents following her every step with disapproval. I admire her independence and her steps to get away from her parents, and her new skill on how to say "no". The animals are likeable as well I love Mrs Tiggy, she's cute and lovable (especially when she curls up in a ball to sleep, with her little handkerchief covering her face) they each have their own personalities and again, I'd have to say, I don't have a favorite, I like all of them. The downside of this book; there's no thrills or chills. When you get to the bottom of the mysterie(s) they're not filled with that pack and punch as you find in regular ones. Although my favorite was the one in which the animals had solved one of the mysteries featured in this book. Since this is my first cozy one, I'm not sure if that's the standard with these mysteries, is the finale always low key? so I wish there was a little more excitement in the end. It was all right though. I loved the description of village life enough that it kept me interested until the end. I admit there was a little bit of intrigue and mystery throughout the story but it wasn't much and not what I quite expected. Again, I'll let that pass considering it was my first cozy mystery. Overall, a cute little tale of village life, their dramas and how the inhabitants of a little town deal with scandal, newcomers, and their mysteries. I definitely recommend this to fans of Beatrix Potter, and her tales. Definitely worth your time, especially to those cozy mystery fans out there.
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!
InsatiableB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
8/10This one left me with a smile on my face as I set it down after the last page. "Charming" is the best word for it.This is the first installment in Susan Albert's series The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Albert takes the life of Miss Potter (whom I am intrigued with) from the time she buys Hill Top farm in the lake district of England until she is married to a man from the area - a time span of about 10 years, I think. The stories are of the villagers and the mysteries and trifles they come across in village life. Beatrix and her gaggle of pets are the hub around which the story turns but the village folk and animals are a large part as well.It has the distinct feel of Jan Karon's books The Mitford Series, but maybe not quite as good.I will be reading the rest of this sweet little series when the need for a light, fun read strikes me. You should too...
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute tale! I loved how they switched from the townsfolk and then to the animals. I really enjoyed how the animals got themselves "involved" in solving some of mysteries in the book. Mind you, the death of Mrs Tolliver was just one of the mysteries in this tale, there's also a few other little mysteries within the big one that need to be solved and although not necessary it does add more substance to the book. The description and feel of rural village life is well done and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it and it really did feel as if you were there in the town with these people. Naturally, what isn't a town without the endless drivel of gossip? you have your stereotypical characters: a gossip, a priest, the "liberated" woman who poses as a danger to society (OMG she rides a bike everybody! and wears pants!!), the pair of spinster sisters that live together, the list is endless.The characters are very likable each in their own little way. I don't think I have a particular favorite yet. Although I really do love the part where Beatrix defends someone, and comes out of her shell to say what's on her mind. It shows Beatrix developing on her own without her parents following her every step with disapproval. I admire her independence and her steps to get away from her parents, and her new skill on how to say "no". The animals are likeable as well I love Mrs Tiggy, she's cute and lovable (especially when she curls up in a ball to sleep, with her little handkerchief covering her face) they each have their own personalities and again, I'd have to say, I don't have a favorite, I like all of them.The downside of this book; there's no thrills or chills. When you get to the bottom of the mysterie(s) they're not filled with that pack and punch as you find in regular ones. Although my favorite was the one in which the animals had solved one of the mysteries featured in this book. Since this is my first cozy one, I'm not sure if that's the standard with these mysteries, is the finale always low key? so I wish there was a little more excitement in the end. It was all right though. I loved the description of village life enough that it kept me interested until the end. I admit there was a little bit of intrigue and mystery throughout the story but it wasn't much and not what I quite expected. Again, I'll let that pass considering it was my first cozy mystery.Overall, a cute little tale of village life, their dramas and how the inhabitants of a little town deal with scandal, newcomers, and their mysteries. I definitely recommend this to fans of Beatrix Potter, and her tales. Definitely worth your time, especially to those cozy mystery fans out there.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book didn't really end up being exactly what I expected. I decided to read it because I had seen a lot of good reviews and I dreadfully miss England. Right now, rieading is as close as I can get to being there!The book is a fictionalized telling of Beatrix Potter's life, with a bit of mystery thrown in. In the beginning I found the mystery intriguing but by the end of the book, and given the way the mystery was unfolded, I was not as happy with it. I hate it when a mystery is so involved that I feel lost, but this one was, rather, a bit too simple really.Still, the story is sweet and the setting idyllic. The Lake District in England is simply beautiful and relaxing. We spent one night there and most of a day, when we visited in the fall of 2008. We did not visit Hill Top Farm or Castle Cottage but we did visit Beatrix Potter World and were all pleasantly surprised by its sweetness.As I said, the story is simple, filled with simple characters. There are, however, quite a few characters. The list in the front of the book was, indeed, helpful for remembering who everyone was. I referred to it a few times. The writing is such that you can envision the places and people. The author did begin to lose my interest when she mentions some of the animals as wearing clothing. I could accept the fact that the animals shared dialogue with one another but not with people. Accepting the communication of animals for the sake of the story was fine...accepting rats in waistcoats was a bit too much for me though. It is a charming book and pretty easy to follow. It would certainly work well as a read-aloud to young children who run out of titles written by Miss Potter, herself.
reeread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightful story of Beatrix Potter after her purchase of Hill Top Farm. Seeing the movie "Miss Potter" made this story even more enjoyable. I look forward to more in the series. Susan Wittig Albert obviously has used the research for the second mystery in the "Death at ...." series written in conjunction with her husband as Robin Paige. Beatrix Potter is one of the real life characters who make an appearance in these historical Victorian mysteries.
paeonia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was highly recommended to me as a charming, "cosy" mystery. The time and the characters were portrayed in a charming way, if your taste runs to that style of writing. I was warned that the animals participated in the story, and I had no problem with that as long as they just commented on the action, but when the rats suddenly appeared fully clothed and the cat started to wield a pen and write I lost patience with it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Beatrix Potter is checking out the property she just bought in the Lake District of England. But figuring out what to do with her tenants is the least of the problems. There have been a rash of burglaries and a woman died under mysterious circumstances. The book was cute but very slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raised an eyebrow. Ten? Its twenty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can live here, but it's expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea - An endless parade of babbling two-dimentional characters who talk to their dogs and cats - and the animals talk back - Ugh!
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This was an easy, breezy, fun read! The longer you read it, the better it gets!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it was not in the league with gritty, nail-biting crime stories, it was a nice little story. The animals were cute, and characterizations were accurate for a small town during that era.
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