Not quite what we usually expect from Miss Read,this collection of Fairacre short stories are sometimes comic(Mrs Pringle's Christmas Pudding) sad (The Wayfarer) or strange but true (you'll see what I mean). They're all interesting and well-told,and the illustrations by JS Goodall are a joy.
I have now read quite a few of Miss Read's books in Fairacre and I really enjoy meeting the same characters and following the events in their lives. Sadly I have now finished all of the books in the series available on Kindle, so I am moving on to the Thrush Green series, also by the same author, but I still have to get into them! If you like village life somewhere in the 50s/60s, I can recommend this series, especially if you have an interest in village school life too.
I enjoyed Miss Read books many years ago and am finding that revisiting this gentle but far from romanticised view of country life is real a tonic during a difficult time in my life. Definitely books to keep and revisit. Fairacre Festival tells the story of a summer of herculean fund raising after the church roof is badly damaged in a storm.