I simply adore all the Miss Read books but I would suggest trying to read them in more or less chronologic fashion. That way, you get to know the characters and understand the references to past events. When you do, each book is like returning home to a warm community of friends. I'd love to live in Fairacre or Thrush Green and I wish I know all these people (well, maybe except Miss Pringle!)
Having said that, I will admit this isn't the absolute best of the series, but still a charming and pleasant book.
I love Miss Read! I reread them every couple of years it's like visiting old friends. Even though this story takes place in 1980 it still has the feel of a story that takes place in the 30s and 40s. It's about a small English village Fairacre and the inhabitants who live there. The story is written by a school teacher and she chronicles the daily going ons in the village, at the school and the neighboring town of Caxley. A must read for everybody.
Miss Read has written dozens of books set in small English villages in Post WWII. The author gives a clear and warm look at the characters of the town, and of the experiences they have, both good and bad. They are a sweet read, in the best sense of the word!
If this story was written any "cuter" it could curdle milk. One of the blurbs on the cover - by Jan Karon - states a warm comparison to the Mitford series. Uh-uh! The entire story hangs on whether or not you can get to know the characters - I couldn't.
I first listened to these books on tape from the library then went out and bought copies for myself. I read the Thrush Green series and really liked them. But a friend of mine said she preferred the Fairacre series. Once I had read all of them, I had to agree. As much as I like Thrush Green, I liked Fairacre even more. I don't really prefer any title to another. I just like reading the whole series. It feels like visiting old friends.