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Pastures New [Kindle Edition]

Ann Purser
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Book Description

‘This could be the village of our dreams' says Peggy Palmer to her husband, when they first enter the beautiful surroundings of Round Ringford.

Their goal is to buy the local post office and shop and settle into a new way of life.

But it is not going to be as easy as they imagine.

They are the newcomers in a tight-knit village community.

And the unhelpful and malicious Ivy Beasley is lurking behind her lace curtains - and waiting for any opportunity to spread gossip.

It is not long before she thinks she finds it - in the shape of Peggy's burgeoning friendship with Bill Turner.

Even so, Peggy throws herself into village life and is soon embroiled in the hopes, desires and disasters that beset Round Ringford - until, all too soon, she is faced with a tragedy of her own…

And she is about to discover that 'Pastures New' can come with some very old problems.

'Pastures New' is a brilliantly told story of village life that will grip the reader from the first page to the last.

“Steering between the `Aga-saga and the clogs and shawls, Pastures New ... will give pleasure to many.” Sunday Times

“An amiable, delightfully gossipy novel set in a quaint English village…will leave readers eager for further instalments” – Publishers Weekly

“.... a satisfyingly cosy read, as the Palmers make their mark on Ringford, and Ringford comes to terms with the Palmers. Surely the first in a soap saga that will run into several volumes.” Publishing News

“A brisk narrative of homely entertainment.” Home and Country.

“An enjoyable read with some rich characters which we hope to meet again very soon.” Vivien Walker, Northants Chronicle & Echo.

“Anyone who has ever lived in a rural English community will find the situations ...evocatively familiar. Becoming involved in village life at Round Ringford is not as easy as newcomers Peggy and Frank Palmer imagine. Their trials and tribulations are caringly catalogued in Pastures New ....” Western Morning News

Ann Purser has lived for twenty years in Northamptonshire, where she has thrown herself into village life, working in a local school and serving as a Parish Councillor. For nine years she ran an art gallery in the village before turning to full time writing.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bringing the requisite wit and compassion to her attempt to walk in the footsteps of the venerable, pseudonymous "Miss Read," first-time novelist Purser creates an amiable, delightfully gossipy novel set in a quaint English village. A few up-to-date touches (relatively unblinking looks at adultery and mental illness, for instance) place the story firmly in the present day without diminishing its cozy charm. When her husband, Frank, loses his job, resourceful Peggy Palmer suggests that they use Frank's severance pay to buy a village shop in a small town. Half a year later, the Palmers-both in their mid-50s-leave their suburban home in Coventry to run Round Ringford's village store and post office. Their new circle of acquaintances soon includes such neatly drawn characters as crabby, unwelcoming Ivy Beasley; Sheila Pearson, the feisty District Councillor whose proposed housing development creates dissension in the village; and Susan Standing, the miserable but arrogant wife of the local Lord of the Manor. For Peggy, the most important new relationship is her burgeoning friendship with Bill Turner, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her feelings for Bill take on an altered significance when tragedy occurs, forcing Peggy to make many important decisions. Numerous subplots convey the vitality and complexity of village life, and an upbeat, satisfyingly romantic conclusion-complete with sequel-inspiring cliffhanger-will leave readers eager for further installments.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (November 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GDID8I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grieving for Miss Read ? March 22, 2002
By A Customer
I was embarassed after pining the past 5 or 6 years for Fairacre & Thrush Green to find Ann Purser has created her own view of village life with some spice added.While the audience in the US is probably limited,I've heard enough comments in the local library regarding Miss Read's absence to realize there is a market for this type of book. Evil Mrs. Pringle is here in the guise of Ivy Beasley(what a name...) and the village store owner is on center stage-she certainly is in a position to know what's going on. The village school teacher has wisely moved out of town to enjoy a peaceful homelife but we hardly miss her with all the other cast members.Hoefully, Mrs. Purser will continue on with this village series for as many years as we enjoyed the Miss Read books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fiction August 7, 2012
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I first read 'Thy Neighbours Wife' by Ann Purser. I didn't know at the time it was a series of books. So by starting at the beginning with 'Pastures New' I was able to understand the characters even better - fell in love with them even more. I think Ann Pursers novels are the best I've read so far and this one was no exception. Can't wait for the next one called 'Spinster Of The Parish', because it's going to begin where 'Pastures New' left off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for a cozy evening by the fire January 31, 2013
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I have been enjoying the Ann Purser books this interminable winter in Montana. Be sure to read this book first in this series, the characters all reappear, which I really love, and for those who enjoy Sybil Marshall's books of rural England, or the Miss Read books here is another good writer who enjoys the slow pace of village life. There is a villainess to beat all in these books, a relentless old bag who never stops spying and interfering. Bonnie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quaint village life June 18, 2013
By Andrea
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Gentle reading. Added to a collection of books by this modern day Miss Read-type author. Enjoyed by two generations of our family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pastures New October 28, 2013
By Colette
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Ann Purser never fails to keep a reader interested. Her fast paced mystery keeps you reading until the last page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Village life April 18, 2014
By Barb
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an interesting study of village life in England with various characters difficult and helpful. I enjoyed the story of a newcomer's adaptation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was a gentle, meandering read. March 3, 2014
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However, if you're looking for mystery or romance, this is not the book for you. I love the village life though, so I'll try one more of this author's Round Ringford novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 22, 2014
By Karen
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I bought this book for my daughter. I read this book when I was younger. Great book at a great price. THIS IS THE WRONG REVIEW - WRONG BOOK. HOWEVER, I love Ann Purser's books and am sure I will love this one as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not her best work.
Published 1 month ago by Joan MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it!
Published 5 months ago by Ardys Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun Ivy Beasley mystery
Another great book about Ivy Beasley and her friends. It builds on the relationship between the friends and establishes them as enjoyable detectives. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Read & Teach
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.....
Excellent vocabulary. Original descriptions of characters and scenes. Just went NOWHERE with a plot, plan or any action for over 1/2 the book. 66% to be exact. Thank you Kindle. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julia Tucker
3.0 out of 5 stars Pastures Nes
Another sweet story filled with old fashioned village life. Perhaps there should be a sequel, expanding the characters met? I enjoyed how the 'old folk' found new love...sigh...
Published 12 months ago by d harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Pastures New by Ann Purser with her new character of Peggy Palmer left...
I have read each of the books published by Ann Purser in two other series and I have always enjoyed her books I hope there there will be more in this series.
Published 12 months ago by Mary Lou Morey
5.0 out of 5 stars pastures new
Another good read by Ann Purser. The characterizations are excellent as they are in all her books. She always is able to keep me following the story line
Published 14 months ago by Charles Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars New Low for Ann Purser
She does not have the same talent that Rebecca Shaw has to write about village life. She is much better doing the cleaning lady mysteries. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Constance Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story
I liked the story until close to the end. It did not end well and seemed to stray from the way the rest of the story was written. It think it could have had a better ending.
Published 17 months ago by Carole Veselka
5.0 out of 5 stars Good English village book
Reading this now, and about halfway through I can say its good. If you like English village books you will like it.
Published 17 months ago by mizjean
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