Winter In Thrush Green Paperback
by Miss Read
Part of the Thrush Green series
The wonderfully nostalgic second novel in the bestselling THRUSH GREEN series, from the author of THE VILLAGE SCHOOL. The arrival of a stranger in the village of Thrush Green stirs up ripples of speculation and interest. Not only does the village find itself paying tribute to this stranger's hero - a missionary born and bred in Thrush Green - but his presence has a dramatic affect on Miss Dimity Dean's romantic prospects...As the story plays out, Miss Read succeeds in portraying village life with all its often unexpected incidents, and her unwavering eye for detail beautifully captures the character of a gradually disappearing aspect of rural English life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, 16 Line Drawing(s)
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/02/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752877518
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read (Dora Saint) is the second book in her Thrush Green series. Thrush Green is a small rural village in the Cotswold area of England. Set in the early 1950’s, the books consist of tales from the day-to-day lives of the villagers that dwell here. This particular book takes place over the winter months of 1950-51 and deals with the arrival of a new resident. Also, the villagers decide to honour a past citizen by erecting a statue of him on the green. Over the course of the winter, two separate couples takes steps toward changing their long friendships into matrimony.Dora Saint was herself a country school teacher who took her pseudonym from her mother’s maiden name. She began to write articles for magazines about country life and, in particular, country schools. Her appealing, slightly humorous stories of village life resonated with her readers. Her picturesque descriptions of the countryside and how it changes with the seasons enhance all her stories.These quiet, charming tales are great comfort reads for me, and this look back to the past is like opening a window onto a different world. I know my 1950’s weren’t as bucolic as these and I suspect Miss Read writes of how she visions perfection, not how it really was. Nevertheless, I know I will be continuing to pick these books up whenever I need a break from the modern world and want to wander back to a simpler time.