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Gossip From Thrush Green returns readers to that delightful English village, neighbour to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumour 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 Gossip From Thrush Green returns readers to that delightful English village, neighbour to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumour 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. Read by Gwen Watford.


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Gossip From Thrush Green returns readers to that delightful English village, neighbour to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumour 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 Gossip From Thrush Green returns readers to that delightful English village, neighbour to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity among the villagers. Rumour 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. Read by Gwen Watford.

30 review for Gossip From Thrush Green: By Miss Read

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie Durnell

    Oh what a most satisfactory comforting read, just what I needed nursing a miserable chest cold. I was thinking why I enjoy these books so much, and I believe it is the going-out-of-your way kindness and civility that the Village of Thrush Green people exhibit to everyone and the simple lifestyle in this beautiful setting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    This was my first visit to Thrush Green, one of those idyllic places we all dream of discovering, if not actually dwelling in. Hopefully this isn’t my last visit. In Gossip from Thrush Green it is early summer and the residents are primarily concerned with the weather, each other and plans for the immediate future, more or less in that order. Although an idealized view of humanity, this cozy, feel good novel is thoroughly delightful. I listened to Gwen Watford’s reading and she was perfect. My o This was my first visit to Thrush Green, one of those idyllic places we all dream of discovering, if not actually dwelling in. Hopefully this isn’t my last visit. In Gossip from Thrush Green it is early summer and the residents are primarily concerned with the weather, each other and plans for the immediate future, more or less in that order. Although an idealized view of humanity, this cozy, feel good novel is thoroughly delightful. I listened to Gwen Watford’s reading and she was perfect. My only regret was that this isn’t the first in the series. But even that is a small regret as I can always go back and begin with the original, Thrush Green, which—God willing, I hope to do. Recommended!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    All of Miss Read's books pay homage to the humble afternoon ritual of tea and sponge cake, but this one excels them all with its extended tribute to tea time on the first and last pages. Now that I've read six books in the series the characters are beginning to feel like family. I was inordinately happy that Dotty got the help she needed and that the vicar found a better house in which to live. The sophisticated Harold Shoosmith, Agnes, the timid, lonely school teacher, the gruff but loving Ella All of Miss Read's books pay homage to the humble afternoon ritual of tea and sponge cake, but this one excels them all with its extended tribute to tea time on the first and last pages. Now that I've read six books in the series the characters are beginning to feel like family. I was inordinately happy that Dotty got the help she needed and that the vicar found a better house in which to live. The sophisticated Harold Shoosmith, Agnes, the timid, lonely school teacher, the gruff but loving Ella, and the crotchety old groundskeeper are only a few of the endearing characters you'll meet in these books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    After six month, I have finally gotten into this series. Writing out the character names helped me as I find too many names to be similar: Dimity and Dotty. Hurst and Helmsmith. Given all that is going on the world, I found myself craving to return to this small Cotswold village. I wasn't disappointed. After six month, I have finally gotten into this series. Writing out the character names helped me as I find too many names to be similar: Dimity and Dotty. Hurst and Helmsmith. Given all that is going on the world, I found myself craving to return to this small Cotswold village. I wasn't disappointed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bakker

    Any time is time to be drinking tea. Reading Gossip from Thrush Green was a welcome respite from the heavier reading in my stack. Commentary on the habit of taking tea bookended the narrative.The very ritual of tea-making, warming the pot, making sure that the water is just boiling, inhaling the fragrant steam, arranging the tea-cosy to fit snugly around the precious container, all the preliminaries lead up to the exquisite pleasure of sipping the brew from thin porcelain, and helping yoursel Any time is time to be drinking tea. Reading Gossip from Thrush Green was a welcome respite from the heavier reading in my stack. Commentary on the habit of taking tea bookended the narrative.The very ritual of tea-making, warming the pot, making sure that the water is just boiling, inhaling the fragrant steam, arranging the tea-cosy to fit snugly around the precious container, all the preliminaries lead up to the exquisite pleasure of sipping the brew from thin porcelain, and helping yourself to hot buttered scones and strawberry jam, a slice of feather-light sponge cake or home-made shortbread. While the plot points didn't reach out and grab me, the character development keeps me reading. I greatly appreciate the fact that Miss Read includes the miscreants and difficult personalities. The drunk remains the drunk...and how the community responds interests me. The eccentric gets more eccentric, but her neighbors gather around her and are a real help when she needs it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Public library copy. Lovely accounting of the residents of Thrush Green, the plot being the well-being of said residents. Not your typical book, but lovely reading for those who wish to step into another era in the English countryside where life is simpler and everyone is on the same page so to speak. This book is about life. Old, young, in-between, people in all walks of life tied together by the village they call home. Such a breath of fresh air. Some of the characters stand out, particularly D Public library copy. Lovely accounting of the residents of Thrush Green, the plot being the well-being of said residents. Not your typical book, but lovely reading for those who wish to step into another era in the English countryside where life is simpler and everyone is on the same page so to speak. This book is about life. Old, young, in-between, people in all walks of life tied together by the village they call home. Such a breath of fresh air. Some of the characters stand out, particularly Dimity and Charles Henstock, the local curate. Even Dottie becomes endearing at times in this book. Seems to be a theme of coming to the aid of the less lovely, which in turn makes them appear lovelier as they are helped to help themselves, if that makes sense. This book may not stand alone if the reader is not familiar with the series, with so many characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    The very eccentric character of Dotty is thinking of adopting and pretty much everyone greets this with a horrified reaction. A temporary rental of a house leads to major noise problems. Percy is courting someone who doesn't want him at all. One of the main characters becomes kill while another finds out just how much he likes goats. Meanwhile, someone is thinking of retiring. Business as usual at Thrush Green. The very eccentric character of Dotty is thinking of adopting and pretty much everyone greets this with a horrified reaction. A temporary rental of a house leads to major noise problems. Percy is courting someone who doesn't want him at all. One of the main characters becomes kill while another finds out just how much he likes goats. Meanwhile, someone is thinking of retiring. Business as usual at Thrush Green.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    Didn't want it to end-chock full of comfy village adventures and problems, with a warm ending all round! Didn't want it to end-chock full of comfy village adventures and problems, with a warm ending all round!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    3 1/2 stars. So far, this is my least favorite title in the Thrush Green series. I still loved visiting this charming little village and meeting my fictional friends there. It just felt like this entry didn't really move our story along very much. Even so, it is lovely to relax with these wonderful people as they care for and watch over one another. 3 1/2 stars. So far, this is my least favorite title in the Thrush Green series. I still loved visiting this charming little village and meeting my fictional friends there. It just felt like this entry didn't really move our story along very much. Even so, it is lovely to relax with these wonderful people as they care for and watch over one another.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is book 6 of the series and the title is quite apt. It is early summer in Thrush Green. Jenny, live-in maid and friend of Winnie Bailey, gets chicken pox and is pretty ill for a while. Percy Hodge, a local farmer, begins courting her, bringing her eggs, flowers, fruit and other delectable samples of her potential future. Winnie sends her to the seaside to recuperate and visit an old friend who lives there. They discuss whether she wants to marry at all; she can’t imagine being happier than This is book 6 of the series and the title is quite apt. It is early summer in Thrush Green. Jenny, live-in maid and friend of Winnie Bailey, gets chicken pox and is pretty ill for a while. Percy Hodge, a local farmer, begins courting her, bringing her eggs, flowers, fruit and other delectable samples of her potential future. Winnie sends her to the seaside to recuperate and visit an old friend who lives there. They discuss whether she wants to marry at all; she can’t imagine being happier than she is already. The Fuchsia Bush café is the object of vexation of the ladies of Lulling and Thrush when they stop serving afternoon tea. 😱 Instead, they begin closing after lunch and reopening for dinner. Ella Bembridge in particular predicts that it won’t last - tourists want afternoon tea, and for that matter, so do ladies who have been doing the weekly shopping! As it turns out, Ella is right - by autumn (when the book ends), the Fuchsia Bush once again is open daily until 6pm. Dotty Harmer has been showing her age, and one day when she stops at Winnie Bailey’s house, she is confused and delirious. Winnie calls Dr. Lovell, who admits her to hospital for severe malnutrition. Dotty’s niece, Connie, comes to help out when her aunt is finally released. Dotty comes to realize she needs to cut back on the number of animals, which she does. By the end of the book, Dotty is needing a full-time companion, so Connie sells her own home and comes to make her home with Dotty. The most shocking event is the destruction of the rectory in a fire. Luckily, Charles and Dimity we’re away at the time, having just left for a holiday in Yorkshire. Edward Young, the architect, is secretly happy - he has always hated the ugly Victorian eyesore in the village of mostly lively Georgian homes. And to prove the adage that “it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good,” Charles is “promoted” to the priest over a new combined parish and will be living at Lulling Vicarage, a beautiful home! Dimity is so happy that Charles has to offer his handkerchief. Miss Watson and Miss Fogerty are retiring from the school and are looking for a cottage at Barton on Sea. Percy Hodge eventually gets engaged to Doris, a barmaid at the Drovers Arms in Lulling. And Ben and Molly Curdle welcome a new baby girl, whom they name Anne in honor of Ben’s grandmother who was beloved by the entire village.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Cheyne

    Charles and Dimity Henstock leave the ancient rectory for a well deserved vacation. As they are driving off Ella says "Poor old Dim, do her a world of good to see the back of that dreary house". This proved to be prophetic as the gloomy Victorian house would be in ruins the next time they set eyes on it. Jenny gets very sick. Winnie sends her off to the seaside to restore her health. A local farmer is pursuing Jenny to replace his recently deceased wife, but she is finally able to enjoy living l Charles and Dimity Henstock leave the ancient rectory for a well deserved vacation. As they are driving off Ella says "Poor old Dim, do her a world of good to see the back of that dreary house". This proved to be prophetic as the gloomy Victorian house would be in ruins the next time they set eyes on it. Jenny gets very sick. Winnie sends her off to the seaside to restore her health. A local farmer is pursuing Jenny to replace his recently deceased wife, but she is finally able to enjoy living life on her own terms and really doesn't want to get married. The two school teachers are thinking about retiring soon. Dotty Harmer has a serious health problem that puts her in the hospital. Albert Piggott can no longer perform the sexton duties so residents put their heads together and come up with a good solution to that problem. Lots of things going on in Thrush Green and gossip flows freely.

  12. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Changes are coming to Thrush Green... This story has way too many modern references, including smoking pot. The story focused a bit too much on the two teachers and their changes in the beginning. I didn't find their plot very interesting. I was also not interested in the new neighbors renting The Tullivers. My favorite character is Dotty Harmer, the eccentric animal-loving spinster (um me in several decades?). I was happy to see her included in the plot but sad at the direction the story takes Changes are coming to Thrush Green... This story has way too many modern references, including smoking pot. The story focused a bit too much on the two teachers and their changes in the beginning. I didn't find their plot very interesting. I was also not interested in the new neighbors renting The Tullivers. My favorite character is Dotty Harmer, the eccentric animal-loving spinster (um me in several decades?). I was happy to see her included in the plot but sad at the direction the story takes her. I also love the three little old Victorian ladies. Winnie Bailey is another favorite but she's mainly an observer this time. It sounds like the author tried to wrap things up with the novel or perhaps take the story in another direction. I'll try the next book and see what happens.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Hartman

    As I'd mentioned on previous reviews in this series, I turned to these "Gentle Reads" due to the Covid-19 quarantine. An imaginary "nicer" time, set in a beautifully calm village, was just the ticket. Don't get me wrong, this is not all craft sales and knitting. There are crimes, break-ins, assaults and even a possible vehicular manslaughter. But each is handled in a non-lurid fashion. Beloved characters die as well, bringing a tear to the eye. These books are not for everybody, as a matter of f As I'd mentioned on previous reviews in this series, I turned to these "Gentle Reads" due to the Covid-19 quarantine. An imaginary "nicer" time, set in a beautifully calm village, was just the ticket. Don't get me wrong, this is not all craft sales and knitting. There are crimes, break-ins, assaults and even a possible vehicular manslaughter. But each is handled in a non-lurid fashion. Beloved characters die as well, bringing a tear to the eye. These books are not for everybody, as a matter of fact, probably a very few, who need the calm distraction of an imaginary utopia. Out of print for many years, they are well worth the trouble to find and buy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Any trip to Thrush Green is at least a 4 star for me. I apparently read this one out of order. I thought it was #4, but it was #6. I wondered about some significant changes in some of the villagers lives that the author seemed to gloss over. Now I must backtrack. This may be the only instance of backtracking that I don't mind. Obviously a transition book but still very enjoyable. And except for the brief intrusion of some - HORRORs! - pot smoking outsiders to Thrush Green (who were soon dispatch Any trip to Thrush Green is at least a 4 star for me. I apparently read this one out of order. I thought it was #4, but it was #6. I wondered about some significant changes in some of the villagers lives that the author seemed to gloss over. Now I must backtrack. This may be the only instance of backtracking that I don't mind. Obviously a transition book but still very enjoyable. And except for the brief intrusion of some - HORRORs! - pot smoking outsiders to Thrush Green (who were soon dispatched), there was the requisite idyllic setting that I makes me love these books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Any book that begins by eulogising the lost art of afternoon tea is bound to be a lovely read, and this book is no exception. I'm sure life never was as perfect as it's painted in Miss Read's books, but it's nice to imagine that it might be. Reading this book is a lovely, gentle way of catching up with characters that feel like old friends. Any book that begins by eulogising the lost art of afternoon tea is bound to be a lovely read, and this book is no exception. I'm sure life never was as perfect as it's painted in Miss Read's books, but it's nice to imagine that it might be. Reading this book is a lovely, gentle way of catching up with characters that feel like old friends.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Lovely slice of village life. Nothing overly terrible ever happens, and everyone takes care of everyone else.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Definitely one of my favourites!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    My go to series. I love Miss Read. I guess not many people do today but for me when I’m tense, or depressed she’s the perfect antidote. It isn’t that no bad things happen, they do, but people are kind and helpful and respectful for the most part. I suspect it might have been rather like that once. People were taught to put up with things not whine and complain about every difficulty in life. There were still deaths, and robberies, and unpleasant relatives but one soldiered on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    Like any small town where everyone knows everyone, Thrush Green is often filled with gossip and speculation when anything of excitement, good or bad, happens. The sixth book in the series sees many rumors flying and everyone wondering what will happen next with the local inhabitants. Like each of the cozy reads within the series, the writing was delightful and catching up with the characters is like meeting with old friends and catching up on their lives.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rose Collins

    Miss Read relates the activities of the characters in Thrush Green - the retirement of the school teachers, the search for new lodging for the pastor, and help for Dotty because of her health. Everyone learns of the activities of others before the intended person gets a chance to tell!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cken0801

    The usual interesting fun things about the little English village called thrush Green where these people live. I find these books easy and relaxing to read and one doesn’t have to think too hard to understand what’s going on. I have read several of these and I like them

  22. 4 out of 5

    Booksnpieces

    Always enjoy a visit to Thrush Green.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eleni

    Wonderful!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I particularly enjoyed this one, especially the end with the scenes between Charles and Dimity and the Curdles.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Very pleasant. Perfect for a long flight. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as her earlier books but still enjoyed its quiet meanderings.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Miss Read's usual portrayal of the doings of small village life in the 1950s. This book is perhaps a bit more episodic than the earlier ones, deserving it the title of ''gossip." Miss Read's usual portrayal of the doings of small village life in the 1950s. This book is perhaps a bit more episodic than the earlier ones, deserving it the title of ''gossip."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    A v gentle read - which takes in drugs! Also, back in the early 1980’s, did bishops really decide who was going to fill a vacancy?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Nice relaxing read, everyone's fantasy village! Nice relaxing read, everyone's fantasy village!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leila Kern

    In this sixth book of Thrush Green Village, changes are afoot in the village. Good changes. The villagers are becoming known to me as friends. Love the simpler ways of life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    Looking forward to the next book in this series .

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