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At Home in Thrush Green (Thrush Green #8)

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It is spring in the village of Thrush Green. In neighboring Lulling, Charles Henstock admires the blooming garden of his new vicarage, glad that the squabbles with his parishoners in Affairs at Thrush Green are settled. And yet the good vicar wistfully recalls his former home - the ugly, old rectory of Thrush Green, which burned to the ground. Now, from the rectory's ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Mariner Books (first published 1985)
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Pvillehol
Apr 21, 2009 Pvillehol rated it it was amazing
I think any book by Miss Read is a good book. They are relaxing stories, not meant to tax your mind, perfect for that "just before bed" moment!
Polly
Sep 02, 2014 Polly rated it it was amazing
If there's anything more comforting than a Miss Read novel, I don't know what it is. Perfect for when the world seems big, cold and scary.
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Charles Henstock has resolved his issues with Mrs. Thurgood but now he has a new problem: he is one member of a council who will decide which deserving citizens will move into the old folks' homes on the site of the old rectory. When the residents move in, how will they get along? Who will be the wardens on hand to help? Nelly, wiser than ever, has settled into her new life and then gets an unexpected blessing. Is she up to the challenge? Dotty's niece Connie is so happy in her new life but the ...more
Mandolin
Jul 07, 2012 Mandolin rated it really liked it
Though he fondly remembers the poorly designed Victorian vicarage that was reduced to cinders recently, leaving him and his wife homeless, Charles Henstock, the rector of Thrush Green is pleased to observe the completion of the new senior residences that have taken its place. The charming little cottages are perfect for the older residents of the area who can no longer care for themselves. Applicants for the limited space are numerous, however, and it is with some anxiety that Charles and the ...more
Kate
Oct 19, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
"It is spring in the village of Thrush Green. In neighboring Lulling, Charles Henstock admires the blooming garden of his new vicarage, glad that the squabbles with his parishoners in Affairs at Thrush Green are settled. And yet the good vicar wistfully recalls his former home -- the ugly, old rectory of Thrush Green, which burned to the ground. Now, from the rectory's ruins, the villagers are building eight retirement homes for the older folks most in need. But how to choose who will live there ...more
Kay
Apr 26, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it
So happy to discover Miss Read after stuffing myself with John Sandford and Benjamin Black thrillers to distract from Real Life.....a mid-20th-century small-town England life reminiscent of Mrs. Gaskell's "Cranford," one of my favorite books. What fun discovering ladies who use a "draining board," which I still call what others call a kitchen counter. What delight uncovering the little dramas--irritated neighbors, a dash of envy, pets with nasty habits, difficult relatives and old loves, ...more
Deborah
Aug 16, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to do a combined review for all the remaining Thrush Green books (with the exception of Christmas) because although they are all excellent, they are also all basically the same, in the way that episodes of The Archers are all the same. So, still worth reading; but hard to differentiate one book from another.

The attraction comes from seeing the seasons ebb and flow, and picking up the stories of the characters. There are changes - characters die, babies are born, houses are built, newc
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Sally
Jun 02, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story has the characters settling in to homes that are new situations for them. There are retired teachers, a couple whose previous old residence had burned down, a set of new cottages for some needy people, older folks who need a little more looking after. Again, it is a quiet series of events with the residents of Thrush Green, growth in relationships, and basically a slice of life type of story. I like how Miss Read takes a theme and works it for a tale about life in a Cotswold village.
Linda
Nov 25, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
this is a nice, easy, gentle book. Just like life in a small place, you learn about the people of the village. Not much really happens but you continue to read because you want to know more about the people.

A great book for sitting by the fire and reading!!
Stephanie Erb
Aug 25, 2014 Stephanie Erb rated it it was amazing
Jan Karon borrowed much from Miss Read. This title, for one thing. Many characters are familiar, if you've read Jan Karon' s books. I have to say I like them a little better here. Miss Read was more willing to let characters be who they are and didn't try to sanitize them.
Kathie Harper
May 15, 2014 Kathie Harper rated it liked it
This is definitely an escape and comforting book. A romp through the scenic Cotswolds' villages filled with eccentric characters and everyday challenges is the perfect tonic for a healing head.
Robert Schneider
Mar 26, 2015 Robert Schneider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. They always make me remember all the tales my friend Shirley and my grandparents always told about the adventures they had growing up.
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Dora Jessie Saint MBE née 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 villa
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Thrush Green (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #1)
  • Winter in Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #2)
  • News from Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #3)
  • Battles at Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #4)
  • Return to Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #5)
  • Gossip from Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #6)
  • Affairs at Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #7)
  • The School at Thrush Green (Thrush Green, #9)
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