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on 28 October 2013
The order I made was easy to process and the book arrived before expected. It was well packaged and in good condition. Reading a Miss Read book is like sitting in a comfy armchair by a real fire sipping cocoa. her books are mainly about life in two villages. Thrush Green and Fairacre.. They are based in the fifties and sixties and take you back to a more simple time when people left there doors open,. The characters are so well described you know them as if they are your neighbour. A lot of the books revolve around the village school. And in this tale Miss Read, the headmistress hurts her arm at the beginning of the summer holidays and is invited by her friend to go to Crete for a holiday. It is written with warmth and humour. If you have already read some of Miss Reads books then you will enjoy this change of scene. If you've never read Miss Read I'd suggest the first book I ever read, 'Thrush Green.'
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This was published in 1965 when foreign holidays were not commonly taken.

I found the story bland and the protagonist, a single teacher who breaks a bone and is whisked off to Crete for a holiday by a livelier friend, to be a dull person. Nobody ever addresses this teacher by name and she does not share her name with us. She watches the progress of two relationships and reflects - without any depth - on what marriage has or has not to do with love.

Maybe the books set in her village are livelier with a larger cast, but having read this one I'm not inclined to seek them out to read.
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on 27 January 2011
This book was delivered in mint condition and with all the postal problems at Christmas (due to adverse weather conditions), in very short time from placing the order. I'm in the process of reading all the Miss Read books as published and this came up to the usual standard, its a good reflection of its times and how little we realise just how much we take for granted now, they seemed very happy with their lot and I'm looking forward to the continuing story.
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on 18 December 2012
Miss Read's books are always interesting to country lovers and this one is no exception. An unexpected holiday abroad is the background for some unhappy life situations, all of which are unloaded on to Miss Read. She often finds herself the unwilling recipient of other people's troubles because she has "such a sympathetic face!" However, most of the tangles seem to get unravelled by the end of the book.
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on 3 March 2013
Lovely story, you start to feel as you are getting to know the people in the stories. Village life as it used to be, it reflects on how people actually were in most close knit communities. They make you feel as though you want to go and visit the villages. A good mixture of truth and fiction.
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on 28 May 2014
Another delightful book from Miss Read!! Her books are such a blissful escape from day to day and filled with exquisite descriptions of the fictional worlds of thrush green and Fairacre , you truly believe you are there sharing their world with them. A joy to any reader.
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on 10 August 2013
as usual with any of the books written by this lady absolutely wonderful and evocative, you become immersed in a gentler time sadly now gone, you finish the book feeling very nostalgic and relaxed, definitely a must buy
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on 12 September 2013
Didn't think I was going to enjoy this one so much. But of course I did! Miss Read never fails to intrigue, amuse
and inspire. Looking forward to the next "instalment" of Fairacre.
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on 8 September 2013
A delight. Had not read one of these books for several years, but at the start of the summer holiday, it captures so much of the relief and satisfaction in reaching yet another summer holiday.
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on 19 February 2015
I have read and re-read these books over thirty years approximately. Miss Read is a brilliant writer and I love all of her characters as old friends.
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