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The Christmas Mouse (Fairacre #10)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  336 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Mrs. Berry is frightened by a mouse and goes downstairs to sit-out the stormy Christmas Eve. While cosily by the loungeroom fire, she is disturbed yet again. This time the intruder proves to be a young run-away boy.
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Published September 1st 1996 by Amereon Ltd (first published 1973)
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Dec 23, 2011 Ivis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and read it every year at Christmas time (along with my other Christmas books in English and German). A dear story very similar in tone to the Number One Ladies Detective Agency books, although with a very different setting and no mystery: rural England in the 1960s. This little tale concerns a widow, Mrs Berry, who lives with her also-widowed young daughter and two little girls. Their preparations on Christmas Eve for a simple old-fashioned English Christmas, despite their lack ...more
Mary Garner
Jan 09, 2014 Mary Garner rated it liked it

31/2 stars. In the hectic days before Christmas, I wanted an good, relaxing story...antagonists and challenges okay, but spare me the gruesome, disgusting, or vulgar. I found what I wanted in The Christmas Mouse, one of a series of books written by "Miss Read" in the 60s and 70s. Set in an English village, it's a gratifying story about people who face small and big problems with forthrightness and who truly care about one another. Put a log on the fire, pour yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy!
Dannielle Potts
Dec 19, 2016 Dannielle Potts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
A Charming Little Book. Lovely Ending. Would've Liked It To Have Been Longer
This was nice, old story about a mother (Mrs. Berry), her daughter (Mary) and her two grandauhters living in London at Christmas time. The whole story happens in 24 hrs., Christmas eve to Christmas day.

Both Mrs. Berry and Mary were widowers and they didn't have much money so that is why they lived together. It is Christmas Eve and the girls and Mary go out to get some last gifts. The girls get sent to bed and Mary and Mrs. Berry stay up to wrap some gifts. The oldes gets up because she wants to
Julia Wilson
Feb 04, 2016 Julia Wilson rated it really liked it
The Christmas Mouse by Miss Read is a delightful Christmas story set over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the early 1970's. It evokes childhood memories for me when Christmases were simpler affairs and children were happy to receive such things as dolls, slippers, handkerchiefs and oranges as presents.
Mrs Berry, a widow shares her home with her daughter Mary, also a widow and her two granddaughters aged five and seven years old. The story tells of their preparations for Christmas. Mrs Berry a
Jan 01, 2017 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
One of my last Festive themed stories I had stockpiled for this Christmas.

It is a delightfully nostalgic story of Christmases of Yore, when gifts were small but heartfelt. Here "excess" amounts to a extra fruit laden cake in the tin and a new watch is the height of desire in a tiny boy's heart.

This is quite a dense story for such a short story, it is about loss of many different kinds and redemption and hope. The little mouse of the title was used both literally and figuratively to real effect.
This story was quite unlike anything I've read before. It says it is the 10th book in the Fairacre series. It was interesting as it took place in a small English town and centered mostly on the matiarch of the family. It takes place in the early 1970's. The youngest daughter of Mrs. Berry, Mary, lives with her, along with her 2 young daughters. Mrs. Berry and her daughter, Mary are both widowed. They scrape enough together to make ends meet and have a little left over for some nice Christmas gif ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Sheila rated it liked it
This was a simple, short seasonal tale about a family in the 1960's fictional village of Fairacre. About a widowed daughter, her widowed mother and two young girls, aged about 7 and 9, the mouse is just incidental. The mouse merely makes way for the older lady, Mrs Berry to be sleeping downstairs and therefore for her to with the young Stephen Amonetti, who breaks into the house, reminding the old lady of his father and her younger days. It gives her a chance to help the young fostered tearaway ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Connie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I know it's not Christmas but I needed a good audio book and grabbed this one and enjoyed it. It also came with "No Holly for Miss Quinn" by Miss Read. Both gentle, delightful stories set in an English Village in the 1960's.
Diane C.
Dec 29, 2008 Diane C. rated it it was amazing
Read anything by Miss Read - portraits of small village life in England, but not unsubstantial. While relating the happenings of teachers, farmers and shop keepers in rural 1960's England, she also tackles child abuse, poverty, social classes, old age, etc, etc.
Mar 30, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
Mrs. Berry is my new hero. Grimly determined to do the right thing, she surprises even herself with her own bravery in the end. Another charming English village tale from the able pen of Miss Read. Going back to my normal dystopian sci fi after this series is going to be jarring.
Sep 17, 2013 Zoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, christmas
This light and cozy read is just delightful. Not a lot gets done in this book, the tale of a widow and her daughter (also widowed) preparing for Christmas. That's alright though - her brief interaction with a boy will make you ponder kindness, child rearing, and loneliness.
Dec 08, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it
A sweet and gentle read.
A Miss Read I haven't read before--yay :)! An enjoyable Christmas story.
Dec 28, 2012 Polly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A nice, though hardly wildly original or memorable, Christmas story from Miss Read.
Deborah Wyatt
Nov 28, 2015 Deborah Wyatt rated it it was amazing
Lovely book and an annual Christmas read for me.
Dec 26, 2011 Elissa rated it really liked it
This was a really cute little Christmas story, nothing spectacular, just a simple delightful little tale
Dec 20, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
Another Miss Read Christmas story. Very gentle, lessons learned, Christmas sweet. Good Holiday beadtime reading.
Julie  Durnell
Dec 05, 2014 Julie Durnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, england-uk
A short sweet and heartwarming story, of a widowed mother, her widowed daughter and her two granddaughters living together in a small village. The surprise visit by the "Christmas mouse" is cute!
Tracey  Wilde
Oct 07, 2008 Tracey Wilde rated it it was amazing
A lovely gentle Christmas story. I read this every Christmas ! Its the sort of book you curl up on the sofa with, eating toast and drinking tea while its freezing cold outside. Quite short.
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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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