Burke, 1951, illus Gilbert Dunlop
The Patience series
They Called Her Patience
It Was All Through Patience
So Guy Came Too
The Five Shilling Holiday
Summary (Jim Mackenzie)
This is the first book in the “Patience” series which extends to four volumes.
The last two books are hi-jacked by Guy Charlton from the “Marjorie” series as Lorna Hill found that her juvenile readers preferred books in which her “impossible” hero took the lead. Each story is told by Judy in the first person and recounts her adventures with David, Patience, Richard and Elizabeth. Judy and her father move from a flat in London to the depths of the Northumberland countryside (most likely the area around Matfen, Corbridge and Hexham). It takes a while for the thoroughly spoiled Judy to fit in with her friends – in particular she clashes with David, the acknowledged leader of the little group. He patiently teaches her both the right way to ride and the right way to behave. Patience (real-name Fleur) is David’s younger half-sister and her nickname seems totally inappropriate to her rather headstrong and determined character. Unlike Marjorie (in the Marjorie series) Patience does appear to be kind at heart and it is simply a matter of all of the children getting to know how to settle down with each other. There are pony rides, tennis matches, visits to Newcastle and occasional explorations of the Northumberland countryside. The straightened circumstances that caused Judy’s father to move to the countryside prove to be less drastic than expected but both Judy and her father (by the end of the book) are keen to stay in what is their family home. Judy has lost a good number of her sharp edges and recognised (and amended) some of her faults.
Many thanks to Jim Mackenzie for this summary.