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Does what it says on the tin
on 19 March 2013
Exactly as you'd expect; gentle and humorous with no real baddie. A new head teacher for Barton-in-the-Dale's village school has been offered a job, and from the day of interview, starts to affect the lives of the whole community, from the previous incumbent and deputy to the local vicar, all the way to her future charges.
Predictable all through but a warm read for it. I did feel that it was a rehash of Phinn's autobiographies just in a fictional setting, though I did laugh a few times at what the kids say; you can't help it.
Too much repetition: Almost an anti-thesis to The Casual Vacancy, where one event (the arrival of a new Head in this case) changes the lives of everyone in the village, but in this case for the better.
Warm and fuzzy reading, light and gentle, good for a cold Christmas evening on the sofa.