on October 31, 2012
Sweet and soul-satisfying, this installment of the charming Thrush Green series by Miss Read returns us to the small village and the lives of its eccentric inhabitants. Finally ready to leave their comfortable nest next to the school at which they've taught for so long, Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty begin to seriously consider housing options in the nearby seaside town of Barton-on-the-Sea. They're foiled at every turn by real estate agents that seem to refuse to understand their wishes. Will they ever find a home in which they'll be able to happily retire? Their plans are further complicated by Dorothy's attempts to learn to drive and Agnes' growing fondness for a stray cat. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the village, life proceeds as usual in its somewhat topsy-turvy fashion...the parsimonious Lovelock sisters find yet another victim to torture with their frugal ways; Albert Piggot, slowly returning to health, finds satisfaction in helping kooky Dotty; and Winnie Bailey is beset once again by her inconsiderate nephew and his plans to settle in the area. Gently humorous and insightful, the book is delightful addition to an already wonderful series. Though not the best in the series by far, it's a rewarding, heart-warming read.
on April 6, 2016
Miss Read never disappoints and this is one of her normal delightful stories. I love her very descriptive writing of the weather, sights, sounds, and village characters and their lives and adventures. I highly recommend these books and this author for a light, easy, relaxing read.
on December 19, 2015
I'm a great fan of Miss Read, possibly because as a child of the 60s I do remember some teachers being like the characters in these books. I love the descriptions of the British countryside, and appreciate them all the more now I live abroad! Very evocative of the era and setting. An easy read, but no less enjoyable for that.