Friday, June 16, 2017

Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read

After reading four dreadful books in a row, I was desperate for something light and uplifting. Winter in Thrush Green was just the ticket.

This is my third Miss Read novel and my favorite so far. It takes place in the fictional village of Thrush Green in the 1950s. It’s very British and cozy in that there is no huge plotline. It recounts the ups and downs of the townfolk and avoids sentimentality by showing people’s faults. The characters are summed up in a few eloquent phrases that enable the reader to picture them perfectly:

Winnie Bailey had watched her neighbors, grow from children to men and women, and followed their fortunes with an interest which was both shrewd and warm-hearted.

. . . The rector of Thrush Green bore a striking resemblance to the cherubs which decorated his church and his disposition was as child-like and innocent as theirs. He was a man blessed with true humility and warm with charity. From the top of his shining bald head to the tips of his small black shoes he radiated a happiness that disarmed all comers.

My only complaint is that the author highlights so many different characters that it's hard to feel like you "know" any one person. Maybe you need to read all the Thrush Green books for that.

Miss Read was the pseudonym for British writer Dora Saint (1913-2012). She wrote novels of English rural life in two villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green. They are still so popular that they run about ten dollars for Kindle, so I was happy to pick up this title when it was marked down to $2. Some of her titles are free if you have Kindle Unlimited.



Marie said...

I have collected most Miss Read's books over the years, and yes, you do get to know the characters better as you read through each series, both for Thrush Green and Fairacre. They are such comforting and encouraging books, favorites of so many people.

Peggy Ann said...

I've been collecting these books as I see them at used bookstores and library sales, but have yet to read any as I want to start with book one and so far I haven't come across them in either series!

hopeinbrazil said...

Yes, Peggy Ann, I've been thinking how fun it would be to find the first book and read these consecutively. Hope you find it!

Anonymous said...

One way to read most of them for free is by using Open Library. Anyone can join. There is no charge. You do need a tablet to read the books on. You can't read them on kindle because they are not formatted for kindle. However there are tons of wonderful books.

Ruth said...

I read some Miss Read books a long time ago, but I haven't seen any in years. You make her sound worth checking out again!