Betty Barbara here--Oh No!! not the failed needlework shop story!!! I SO wanted her shop to succeed--but the plot wouldn't bend that way. (I still fantasize that they hire a manager and the shop goes on, with Julia putting in a day a week or so.)
Of course that's what happened! Miss Thrisp took over the shop, Mrs. Beckett picked up nanny duties, and Julia dabbles in shopkeeping when Mrs. Beckett is up to baby-minding, and does the bulk of the baby-minding when Mrs. Beckett isn't up to it.
This one contains my all-time favorite Betty quote: (page 153 of my Mills and Boon copy)"After which heartening speech she picked up the magazine she had bought and began to read it. It was full of artfully posed teenagers wearing what looked like fancy dress costumes, and they were all painfully bony, with sharp elbows and jutting collarbones. Julia felt fat and almost middle-aged just looking at them."Fabulous!