What Can You Do with People Like That?

  • It was doubtful whether he would have been happy anywhere for he had a discontented nature.
  • Discontented people are never popular with their neighbours and Mr. Arnold Dering was no exception to the rule.  He was unpopular with his own sort of people, who thought him disagreeable and conceited, and even more unpopular with the villagers.
  • He did not enjoy life, nor did he add to the enjoyment of life, so nobody in Ashbridge was particularly sorry when he died.
  • Leda was like Arnold who had asked and asked for sympathy but had never accepted it.  What could you do with people like that?

As far as I remember, I've not read any of this author's books before, but I'll be requesting the next two books in this trilogy from our inter-library system.  I enjoyed the simplicity of this book set in a small village in England by a Scottish-born writer.  It was a refreshing read with an insightful view of human nature.

The quotes above described the character of the deceased husband of Caroline, the main character.  After reading them, I was inspired to examine my own character for any seeds, roots, or sprouts of discontent.

It's SO true! 
"Discontented people are NEVER popular with their neighbours."  
What CAN you do with people like that?

Your way of life should be free from the love of money, 
and you should be content with what you have. After all, he has said,
 I will never leave you or abandon you.  (Hebrews 13:5)


  1. What an interesting book, thanks for recommending it.

    I came over today to find out if Amber has already given birth... so I scrolled down to read your previous posts... and yes, what a delight to know little Silas, your 11th grandchild has already been born.

    Congratulations! Do send my warmest regards to Amber as well!

    I trust that little Silas is doing so much better already!


  2. Well Rebecca... this was a thought provoking post! I've not read this author's work. But I currently have a backlog of reading awaiting. We are considering eliminating the cable TV for the summer.

  3. You are recommending this author, and I have heard of him/her so shall put him on my TBR list. Ah, contentment, a lovely quality.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation...it sounds like a great book!

  5. I think this looks like a book for me. I am not a romance book fan. I like character stories. I am off to look for this. :)

  6. Good review and good spiritual truth! Enjoy your reading.

  7. I do love a good book. I'm going to try to find this at the library. I seem to remember that someone recommended this author to me at one time.

  8. great review! this sounds a bit like george macdonald's novels.

  9. Sounds like an interesting story Rebecca and I love the verse from Hebrews.
    Love Di ♥

    1. It was. Nothing complicated or sordid. I had been reading about it and other D.E. Stevenson books on various blogs and decided to try one.

  10. I wish I could find a book, preferably a series that would draw me in and make me want to read all night. I am still looking.

  11. What an insightful Post and now it makes me want to read some of this Author's Books as well!

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a sweet comment about my Involvement Post... oddly we had a Medical Emergency just the day before and I'd spent all day at the VA Hospital with The Man and we all were feeling rather sorry for ourselves until this other incident... which put things in true perspective as to how Blessed we are, in spite of Health complications & age related challenges... Old age is a privilege not afforded to many and so many have lives cut short one way or another... or have survived experiences that nobody should have to endure. And yes, it has strengthened my Faith and Trust that our Relationship with God will always gird us and direct us on the Right Path through Life... and then to be absent from the body will be to be present with the Lord so there is no downside for the Believer.

    Dawn... The Bohemian


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