Book review, Moving to the Country by Reeve Lindbergh Brown

By MILT GROSS | Jun 08, 2014
Photo by: Milt Gross Moving to the Country by Reeve Lindbergh Brown, the daughter of Charles Lindbergh and a graduate of Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA. She was an elementary school teacher, who penned a different kind of “country” book. This is not a glorious picture of country living but a realistic tale of what happens in the lives of those who leave the city for small-town living.

The author of Moving to the Country, Reeve Lindbergh Brown, the youngest of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s children, was raised with a sister and three brothers in a rambling old farm house on Long Island Sound.

She wrote two family memoirs, No More Words and Under a Wing, two novels, Moving to the Country and The Names of the Mountains, a poem about Charles Lindbergh’s love of earth and sky, and more according to a website, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation and the “Answers” website.

According to the foundation, Honorary Chairman of the foundation since October 17, 2004, Reeve had served as President since 1995, Vice President since 1986, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since the Foundation's formation in 1977, the site states.

The novel Moving to the Country follows what happens to families who moved to the country, their problems of being “outsiders,” their career and home adventures, and ends quietly as any good country story does.

“Behind them the old house floated like a great arc in the night, full of its own secrets. As they turned to look back at it, a light went on downstairs, and the front door opened inward. A child must have opened it, someone small enough to stand unseen in the shadow, leaving the impression that the door had opened by itself. They had thought of staying out a little longer, but the hour was late, the door was open, and the light coming from that direction was strong. Tom and Nancy walked up the steps together and went back inside,” is the ending.

A satisfactory ending for a country tale filled with real-life problems of the residents.

The website states, “Reeve lives in an old farmhouse at the end of a dirt road near St. Johnsbury, Vermont, with her husband, Nathaniel Tripp, their children, and an assortment of animals.”

This 1983 novel, published by Doubleday& Company, Inc., is a great way to live in the armchair along with those who lived in the novel’s pages.

Priced on the book cover at $14.95 and by Amazon.com at $8.42 for the Kindle Edition, $4.38 for the paperback, one cent used, and $8.70 for a collectible edition.

An entirely different approach to country living from Adventures in Contentment, the book I reviewed last week with its quiet, peaceful description of a man who left the city for the country.

Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014

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