|Miss Read, otherwise known as Dora Saint.|
Miss Read wrote these two cozy, gentle series about two English villages. The stories are just daily life accounts, rather like having a long gossip session with a good friend. The two series (Thrush Green and Fairacre) are both about small country villages full of eccentric characters who, in spite of their quirks and foibles, are lovable people.
The stories are told by Miss Read herself as though she is just filling you in on the town news. Here's the excerpt from the back of the book, as the book itself isn't really summarizable (no, that's not a word, but I'm sick and my brain isn't functioning, so I'm allowed to make up words):
"This sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumor has it that Mr. Venables is considering retirement just as the village's teacher is about to make an important decision. Molly Curdle prepares for a new baby. The kindly vicar, Charles Henstock, works on his sermon-quite unaware of the disaster that will overtake him. However, there is never any doubt that all will end well in this very English village."
There is nothing thought-provoking or challenging about these books. They are simply stories about everyday people living everyday lives. The goings-on are mild and rather uninteresting, if one is used to thrilling, action-packed, drama-filled novels, but that's really the charm of these books. Their gentleness is what is so drawing about them.
I think the last time I read one of these books was when I was sick. These books are akin to a cup of hot tea or a very thick wool blanket (you know, the kind that is so heavy you can barely move your shoulders). If you are suffering from any sort of ailment, pull yourself off of your sickbed and stagger to the library and pull one of the shelf. If you aren't suffering from any ailment, just keep these books in the back of your mind for next time your nose runs. They make being sick positively enjoyable.