Miss Read wrote of quaint English village life filled with eccentric characters such as Mrs. Pringle, the school cleaner whose bad leg “flares up” when there is too much work to do. Mrs Curdle, who runs a travelling village fair, and of course the vicar.
Her stories are set in the fictional Cotswold villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green that abound with gardens filled with specimen roses and blooming holyhocks. There is always a storm brewing, but in delightful village style it is a storm in a teacup.
Miss Read was the author of more than 30 novels and while she never made it to the bestsellers lists, her loyal fans can take pride in the fact that all her books went into many editions.
There is no better stress reducer than curling up with a Miss Read book. Treat yourself and come into the library and check out a piece of nostalgic English country life!
posted by Maureen