Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse

Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse By Miss Read, Miss Read s Christmas Tales Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse Miss Read s many fans will be delighted to renew acquaintance with two of her most popular Christmas novels available here in one edition In Village Christmas a family new to Fairacre is viewed with
  • Title: Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse
  • Author: Miss Read
  • ISBN: 9780395741313
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse By Miss Read, Miss Read s many fans will be delighted to renew acquaintance with two of her most popular Christmas novels, available here in one edition In Village Christmas, a family new to Fairacre is viewed with suspicion by their elderly neighbors, the Waters sisters, until an unexpected turn of events works magic over both houses on Christmas Day Meanwhile, Mrs Berry, in the neaMiss Read s many fans will be delighted to renew acquaintance with two of her most popular Christmas novels, available here in one edition In Village Christmas, a family new to Fairacre is viewed with suspicion by their elderly neighbors, the Waters sisters, until an unexpected turn of events works magic over both houses on Christmas Day Meanwhile, Mrs Berry, in the nearby village of Caxley, faces an equally eventful Christmas Eve in The Christmas Mouse when she is awakened by two unexpected intruders a mouse and a bedraggled runaway boy, both taking refuge from a winter storm Both stories are resolved in Miss Read s comforting style, as warm as the glowing coals of the cottage fire and the spirit of Christmas itself Miss Read s Christmas Tales are a treat for those who already know Miss Read and a charming introduction to her books for those who do not As in other books by Miss Read, this volume is complemented by John S Goodall s delightful line drawings.
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    1. Miss Read

      Dora Jessie Saint MBE n e Shafe born 17 April 1913 , best known by the pen name Miss Read, was an English novelist, by profession a schoolmistress Her pseudonym was derived from her mother s maiden name She began writing for several journals after World War II and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.She wrote a series of novels from 1955 to 1996 Her work centred on two fictional English villages, Fairacre and Thrush Green The principal character in the Fairacre books, Miss Read , is an unmarried schoolteacher in a small village school, an acerbic and yet compassionate observer of village life Miss Read s novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary Miss Read is also a keen observer of nature and the changing seasons In 1940 she married her now late husband, Douglas, a former headmaster The couple have a daughter, Jill.Her most direct influence is from Jane Austen, although her work also bears similarities to the social comedies of manners written in the 1920s and 1930s, and in particular the work of Barbara Pym Miss Read s work has influenced a number of writers in her own turn, including the American writer Jan Karon The musician Enya has a track on her Watermark album named after the book Miss Clare Remembers, and one on her Shepherd Moons album named after No Holly for Miss Quinn.In 1996 she retired In 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to literature She lives in Berkshire.

    295 thoughts on “Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse”

    1. Fans of Jan Karon s Mitford series may recognize the work of Miss Read the pen name of retired English schoolteacher Dora Saint Miss Read s gentle stories of life in rural England filled 30 books over a period of 40 years The 174 page CHRISTMAS TALES contains two novellas, Village Christmas and The Christmas Mouse Village Christmas tells the story of the elderly Waters sisters and their initial difficulty accepting the Emery family as new neighbors in the little village of Fairacre The two house [...]




    2. Public library copy This is two volumes in one I am reviewing the Christmas Mouse here, having read Village Christmas previously, which I enjoyed as much the second time around.The Christmas Mouse is one of my favorite Miss Read books The characters are fresh and the story is lovely I loved it from start to finish It is a parallel story, perhaps on than one level The Christmas Mouse has depth to it than many of her stories I particularly liked the element of faith in Mrs Berry, and no spoilers [...]


    3. 4 1 2 stars The two stories in this book are charming, filled with good, old fashioned people and ideas In Village Christmas, service given to a new family in their time of need helps them to become accepted into the community In The Christmas Mouse, a young boy must accept the consequences for his choices I especially loved this story It is so seldom that foster parents are depicted as well meaning, good people just trying to be fair and to do their best I appreciated old Mrs Berry who sets our [...]


    4. These are the first titles I ve read by Miss Read They were nice, warm hearted Christmas stories from a by gone era I love reading stories from a less complicated time these fit the bill rather nicely and I ll look forward to reading stories from Miss Read.


    5. There are two nice, unrelated stories in this book Although I liked both, I enjoyed Village Christmas than The Christmas Mouse Each story has a lesson, although the writing is not heavy handed and preachy I liked the old fashioned illustrations.



    6. Cozy, comforting, small English village reads where the realities of life are dealt with firm common sense and I m sorry to have to add old fashioned principles.









    7. I love these two little Christmas stories I ve read them both at least three times before, but it had been several years since the last time.




    8. Miss Read s stories in this little book evoked Christmastime long ago in a place that I could have not imagined This book was a nice Christmas treat.


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