It's spring in Thrush Green and the new season brings change and excitement to the village ...Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty return to Thrush Green to visit old friends and find the community abuzz with gossip. The new headmaster, Alan Lester and his family have moved into the schoolhouse but rumours are rife concerning his wife Margaret. There is also speculation about the Lovelock's elder sister Bertha while farmer Percy Hodge sets tongue's wagging as he may be contemplating marriage. Find old friends and make new ones in Miss Read's delightful chronicle of Cotswold life.
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MISS READ, or in real life, Dora Saint, is a teacher by profession. She began her writing career with light essays for PUNCH and other journals. She has written on educational and country matters, and has worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. JUNE WHITFIELD is one of Britain's leading comedy actresses, and is best known for her television performances in TERRY AND JUNE and ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.From Kirkus Reviews:
Miss Read's 34th Thrush Green idyll, illustrated as always by the gentle sketches of genteel chaps and aging lassies of John S. Goodall. What's new now in that English never-never land of secure, truly decent (albeit with a handful of manageable exceptions) country men and women, where no one lacks help or a haven in tribulation? Well, there's a new neighbor, the incoming schoolmaster and his mysteriously perennially ill wife. Mysterious, until it's general knowledge that she has a, uh, problem. Poor Violet Lovelock, youngest of the three antique Lovelock sisters, is in a highly nervous state since eldest sister Beatrice has been discovered popping scones at the Fuchsia Bush tea shop and has moved a considerable number of articles in her bedroom. And lonely farmer Percy (you remember he was disagreeable when schoolteacher Dorothy hit--not fatally--his dog with her new car) is quietly courting, and everyone thinks he's after young Doreen Lilly, who's home with mother and Doreen's fatherless tot. The vicar, the doctor, and all the good people rally round and things seem to be set right. Oh, yes, the retired schoolteachers, Dorothy and Agnes, visit now and then, and on one visit Agnes reveals the shocking news that Dorothy may have more than kindly inclinations toward elderly Teddy in their new village. Agnes fears the worst. More of the soothing same. Take a chapter or two before bedtime. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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