Trouble brews in the tiny country village of Fairacre when it is discovered that Farmer Miller’s Hundred Acre Field is slated for real estate development. Alarming rumors are circulating, among them the fear that the village school may close. The endearing schoolmistress Miss Read brings her inimitable blend of affection and clear-sighted candor to this report, in which a young girl finds her first love, an older woman accepts a new role in life, and the impassioned battle to save the village from being engulfed is at the forefront of every villager’s mind.
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Miss Read (1913-2012) was the pseudonym of Mrs. Dora Saint, a former schoolteacher beloved for her novels of English rural life, especially those set in the fictional villages of Thrush Green and Fairacre. The first of these, Village School, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write until her retirement in 1996. In the 1998, she was awarded an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire, for her services to literature.From AudioFile:
Residents of the English village of Fairacre are twittering with rumors of a large housing development which may be built on their rolling downs. Anne Rosenfeld presents the back-chat and gossip among the village characters with a precise English soprano that should add verbal dimension to Miss Read's cozy prose. Though the timbre of Rosenfeld's voice captures the atmosphere of the story, her uniformly high pitch is difficult to follow. The vocal changes of characters are so subtle as to cause confusion about who is talking. Some fans of Miss Read's light touch may be disappointed by the unrelieved shrillness of this presentation. B.V. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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