Christmas at Thrush Green Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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A light-hearted gentle read set in the English countryside, with vibrant characters and an old-fashioned outlook. (THEBOOKBAG.CO.UK)
A brand new Miss Read novel, set in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green at Christmas.See all Product Description
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As soon as I saw that the book had actually been written by her editor, Jenny Dereham, I felt distinctly short changed! The book isn't terrible, and it's nice to read a bit more about her well-known characters, but the whole narrative and characterisation lacks the 'bite' that Miss Read has always employed with great success.
If I had known that Miss Read had, according to the acknowledgement 'discussed the initial idea, developed the storyline, then left [Jenny Dereham] to put it into words', I might have had second thoughts.
I honestly think this should be made clear by the publishers on the book cover.
Miss Read was very very special, eminently readable and knew how to be sentimental with flashes of acid. This book loses all that - I am glad I read it because it was a chance for one last time for Miss Read's characters to spring from the pages and, much more up to date = Paul and Jeremy now teenagers and away at boarding school (in spite of Phillida not wanting Jeremy to go in earlier Miss Read books)and another child for Molly and Ben. I was surprised that the Misses Lovelock and Dotty were still alive as well.
A reasonable try but pretending to be Miss Read - sorry dear it did not work.
It was only after browsing the Amazon site that I realised that Miss Read DIDN'T write the book! And it shows!
If you are a real fan, don't buy this book. Borrow it to find out what happens to Ella, but don't waste your money.
It was fairly easy to tell that it was not written by Miss Read and some of the main characters personalities had been changed for the worse, Ella (lost her comic bite), Edward and Joan (never interacted like that before), Frank doing the nativity play for the school?!, etc etc.
Charles Henstock was never a slave to his stomach in previous books (as mentioned by another reviewer) and I felt errors like this showed another writer had been involved. Things like Robert Wilberforce buying Ellas cottage didn't ring true for me, in the last book his large house in the lake district was going to be home for both him and his new bride and I just didn't believe the fact that he had sold it and would consider moving to a very small cottage in thrush green!.
It was nice to meet old friends again but I wish the real Miss Read had written this book with her usual sharp and observant style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read all Miss Read's books and loved them. Can't help but think it was a shame this was ever written. The connection to the countryside is totally missing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dizzy Lizzy
Love this book, it's a feel good book which is just what we need these daysPublished 3 months ago by Linda Rymill
Nice to meet the favourite old characters even if at times it does not have the original feel of Miss Read!Published 5 months ago by Mr Philip G Walton