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But from the start, Miss Read receives plenty of advice on how to spend it. She has the opportunity to become a secretary, treasurer, librarian, babysitter and even a regular for local radio! Add a trip to Florence and offers of marriage, and it seems that her peaceful retirement has vanished.

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Thirty years ago when my life was hectic with small children, working, and library school, spending a few minutes with Miss Read in Fairacre was a tranquil mini-vacation for me. Also the problems of the Fairacre school often mirrored situations in our own rural schools. I liked the Fairacre books much more than the Thrush Green novels, but I read them all. And now Miss Read has retired at roughly the same time as I. I've always been Thirty years ago when my life was hectic with small children, working, and library school, spending a few minutes with Miss Read in Fairacre was a tranquil mini-vacation for me.

I remember reading loads of Miss Read's books real name Dora Saint in the eighties and even before then, before my records began. I must have been delighted to stumble across this in the local library in and how strange to find the headmistress had finally reached retirement. I seem to have known her all my life.

A lovely wrap up to a darling series Marie's Read Marie Shirley Griffin I have thoroughly enjoyed this series no murders, no sexual content, no bad language - a really nice change of pace. Life in a small English village as seen through the eyes of their school teacher over many many years. Villages, towns, etc. There are a A lovely wrap up to a darling series Marie's Read Marie Shirley Griffin I have thoroughly enjoyed this series no murders, no sexual content, no bad language - a really nice change of pace.

There are a few surprises, but it's just peaceful, gentle reading. Good for the soul in this day and age when politicians are at each other's throats and millions of people are trying to find homes in countries far from theirs due to war and the kind of atrocious behavior we thought we would never see again once WWII was over. Just goes to prove that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Too bad we can't live more like most of the folks in the series, neighbors helping neighbors, people truly caring about each other. Sep 19, Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it Shelves: gentle-fiction , historical-not-romance , in-my-library , brit-lit.

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Miss Read having retired because of a couple of strokes, finds herself a bit at loose ends. One of the chores she accepted — and thoroughly enjoyed — was Miss Read having retired because of a couple of strokes, finds herself a bit at loose ends. One of the chores she accepted — and thoroughly enjoyed — was updating the pamphlet about the attractions of the local church.

A longtime reader of diaries like Parson Woodforde and Francis Kilvert, she toys with the idea of keeping a diary suitable for publication some day. The problem is finding enough to say! Meanwhile she continues to receive proposals of marriage from John Jenkins, and although she is truly fond of him, she is determined to remain single.

Henry Mawne, too, is interested in Miss Read, although he gets snapped up by a cousin of his late wife. At last, John suggests Miss Read try her hand at writing a novel about something she knows. A lovely, gentle end to a lovely, gentle series. Jul 14, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , library.

The Fairacre series ends as Miss Read finds new possibilities in retirement, including an ardent suitor whose company she enjoys. Familiar characters make their bows as life and the seasons continue in the English countryside and the villages of Fairacre and Beech Green. Jun 03, Sukhi rated it it was amazing Shelves: realistic , fiction , favorites. Oh, man. It's over. I finished reading the Fairacre series!

It was SO good, you guys! In this book, our beloved Miss Read has begun her retirement. It's not what you expect.


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She is as busy as ever, and she thought her retirement was supposed to be "peaceful. The experience of picking up and finishing this book was a bittersweet one to me because it means the end of a gorgeous reading experience. I will never again get to experience the pleasure Oh, man. I will never again get to experience the pleasure of discovering new stories and characters from Fairacre ever again. I feel like I learned so much about life, and about meeting the challenges of life with grace and dignity.


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There is so much wisdom, so much perseverance, and so much wealth of knowledge about life in these books. Reading each book gave me a sense of calm, and helped to put things in perspective for me. I feel like I learned real life lessons through the reading of these books. Miss Read is a really unconventional protagonist when you compare her to other female leads.

For one thing, she is a single, independent woman, and she has never had the inclination to be anyone but herself. She is uninterested in marriage and she fights against any attempt to box her in to getting married. Even her best friend, Amy, is unable and unwilling to see that Miss Read is happy living on her own. Dolly Clare, Miss Read's partner teacher and long time friend, was also single - although there's a story there.

If you want to see a positive example of women who can live their own lives without judging others for their choices, Miss Read and Dolly Clare are perfect role models. I would love for young girls and women to read these books just so that they can see an alternative view of life's pleasures and the choices that one can make. On the other hand, Amy, Mrs. Pringle, and almost everyone else in the book and series that is married is hell bent intent on getting Miss Read married. I love that Miss Read never capitulates. She never gives in, and she is never bitter about it in the long-term.

Her observations about the state of marriage and her own self-chosen spinsterhood are clear, and cut right to the bone of the issue. Other than the characters, I will also miss all the beautiful and evocative descriptions of nature ever-present in the books. Miss Read is a keen observer of her surroundings.

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Her life is dictated by the seasons, and she thoroughly enjoys each one. We are, all of us, effected by the seasons, but it's easy to forget the role that nature plays in our lives at times. I loved these details. They struck a chord with me, and they were part of the charm of the books. Long story short - I am happy-sad that I finished reading this book.

I will, of course, reread the entire series almost immediately. I say almost immediately because there's a chance that I will try reading the Thrush Green series.