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Farewell to Fairacre Paperback – November 9, 2001

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Book 19 of 20 in the Chronicles of Fairacre Series

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In the latest-and possibly final-installment of the chronicles of the English village of Fairacre and its tiny school, the pseudonymous author and narrator Miss Read (Changes at Fairacre) begins the academic year anticipating few surprises. Two relatively minor but frightening strokes, however, force the stalwart headmistress to consider, and eventually opt for, early retirement. In the course of her final, lovingly described year at Fairacre school, Miss Read carries on her amiable feud with the school's grouchy cleaner, fends off marriage proposals from a handsome newcomer to town, keeps a watchful eye on the courtship of a newly widowed friend and continues her involvement in the pleasing minutiae of village life. Though Miss Read acknowledges the existence of the contemporary world, the village and its school remain resolutely old-fashioned: "More worldly children need videos and computers, but in Fairacre, we still enjoy pencils and paper, I am glad to say." Sensible, well read and acutely observant, the delightfully prim Miss Read continues to be very good company indeed. Line drawings.
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In the finale to a series that began with Village School (1955), Miss Read's long teaching career in Fairacre is brought to a satisfactory close. This quintessential "gentle read" chronicles Miss Read's decision to retire as schoolmistress after a series of small strokes. Readers are also brought up-to-date on the lives of other inhabitants of the village who have appeared in scores of previous books: Mrs. Pringle, Miss Read's bullying cleaning lady; the newly widowed Henry Mawne; the Willet family; and her old friends Amy, Vicar Gerald Partridge and his wife, the Umbleditches, and the Annetts. Miss Read must also decide whether to resist the attentions of a handsome newcomer with a romantic interest in her. As soothing and warm as a cup of Earl Grey tea, this book will delight fans and newcomers to the series alike.
Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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Product Details

  • Series: Faircare
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (November 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618154566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618154562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful, old-fashioned series. She is no longer writing, but the Fairacre and Thrush Green books are well worth checking out and she was a very prolific writer, so you will have a lot of good reading. If you enjoy Jan Karon or Janette Oke, you will enjoy Miss Read's books.
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All of Miss Read's books are a pleasure to read. I have collected all of them. In an uncertain and dangerous world, her books give respite and peace for a time.
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I loved this book it tied everything and everyone in and the feeling that the characters are real never ended.
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I have been a fan of the "Miss Read" series for over 25 years and was so afraid that I wasn't going to be able to find these books in print anymore! It was such a relief to find them still available to add to my library. She is an author I return to over and over again. The characters are quaint, filled with personality and continue to fill my reading hours with joy.
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This was not the last book in this wonderful series. It is followed by Peaceful Retirement, which has become one of mt favorite Fairacre books!
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A very thoughtful book about aging, retirement, assessing oneself, & knowing when"to get out". Came good condition, well packaged, etc.
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