The Modern Mrs. Darcy has challenged us to share a book we love that perhaps everybody’s missing, because they’ve never heard of it! I can give you a whole opus I bet you’ve never heard of!
Miss Read, pseudonym for Dora Jessie Saint, was an English schoolmistress and novelist. She lived almost 100 years and passed away last year. She wrote
She was most well known for her 2 series set in tiny English villages, Fairacre (20 books) and Thrush Green (13 books). She also wrote an autobiography, children’s books, a cookbook, and some others not in her 2 main series.
“Saint’s novels are wry regional social comedies, laced with gentle humour and subtle social commentary. Saint was also a keen observer of nature and the changing seasons.” (Wikipedia)
Her books remind me of the novels of Jane Austen and Jan Karon. They are easy reading, sweet, books that explore characters and relationships. No tawdry sex scenes, car chases, or foul language here! Plus, if you get the right edition, they feature sweet illustrations by John Goodall.
And if you’re like me, once you find a book you like, you want to read a lot by the same author… These will last you a while!
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