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Lovely Books

Lovely books 

I have been meaning to share few books I have been enjoying lately. I will be honest, I tend to read older, happier book. I have had enough hardship in real life, I do not want to read about it. So these are happy, fluffy stories ;-)

I love Miss Read books. I am blessed my mother has all of them but my favorite is Miss. Clare Remembers. It is sort of a prequel to the Miss. Read books. I think because this book is set at an earlier time and sets the stage for the rest of the books, is why it is my favorite. I just love Miss. Clare too.

 "In the English village of Fairacre, the retired schoolteachers Dolly Clare and Emily Davis enjoyed a remarkable friendship, as this moving volume reveals. Childhood playmates in Beech Green, they would remain close throughout their long lives, eventually sharing a cottage in their retirement. They felt grief when a village family was lost on the Titanic. They each experienced young love and then heartbreak when the First World War interrupted both of their romances. The triumphs and tragedies of their days are depicted with all the humor, heartbreak, and human warmth for which Miss Read is known, providing a sensitive portrait of life in the country."


Clare remembers 

I am not sure were I got this book (I have a lot of them). It might be from my mother or a library book sale, but I really enjoyed it. The Gown Of Glory By Agnes Sligh Turnbull . It had a similar feel to it as Cranford does. Not that it is the same story, it is not. It is about the joys and struggles of a small Pennsylvania village. It just felt the same to me.

 "The setting is the village of Ladykirk, Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. The kind village pastor, David Lyall, his wife, Mary, and their three children, all three of whom are grown, unmarried and still living at home. A cozy, but showing it’s years church parsonage. This is a devoted family, who try to be there for each other and their village."

Crowning glory 

Winter Cottage by Carol Ryrie Brink is a children's book. But one of those children's book that really is for everyone. I realize all these books are about families. I guess I am attracted to books about families but it speaks to were I am now, were my happiness and struggles are.

  "A family that is down on its luck during the Depression appropriates a summer cottage in the Wisconsin woods, where they spend the winter and welcome all visitors, including a runaway youth and two strangers. How Pops and his two daughters cope with their misfortunes without losing heart is a very entertaining story."


Thank you  so much DeRavelled for my blog award and thinking I have a scrummy blog. I know I am suppose to award others but it is just to hard. So I do not do awards anymore. I think you are all scrummy xoxoxox


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I can relate to your sentiment about prefering gentler reading. Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of these books! I've been looking for something to help pass the last, cold weeks til Spring!

Ali @ A Cosy Life

Selia Renzetti

Dear Clarice,
I love the Miss Read books! I read that Enya and her song writer are big fans of them and named the song "Miss Clare Remembers" for the book! The Gown of Glory looks wonderful and I will have to search for that one! I love happy books too but sometimes a good Charles Dickens novel let's me know that I don't have it so bad! Congratulations on the award!

Kay on the farm in Neb

Another kindred spirit in our love of Miss Read. The other 2 books look like something I will enjoy. They are on my thrift-store list.


It was a happy day indeed, when I discovered the Miss Read books. I've read many of them over and over again, and they are very near the top of my favorite books list.

These other books you've mentioned sound very good too. I will have to try to find them. Thank you for mentioning them.


I'm so glad to have found another dear kindred spirit, as Anne with an e would say. I also love the Miss Read books, as well as the Anne of Greene Gables, Louise May Alcott, and many others. One of my favorite authors of all times is Elizabeth Goudge. She transports me to another place and time...a magical place where all is right with the world, even in hard times.


Interesting to see you enjoy Miss Read books Clarice. I've read them all and find them very restful and a welcome diversion. The author (real name Dora Saint) is now almost 96 years old. I'd love to have her talent for writing.

the pleasures of homemaking

Congratulations on the award Clarice! It's nice that people think of you for them but I never pass them on.

Winter Cottage sounds like my kind of book - thanks! I'm going to look for it in the library. I generally like happy books too. I also don't like books set in modern times.


Aunt Amelia's Attic

Please come over to my Sunday, Feb. 1st entry.

Though I'm not an 'Awards person,' {as you Dear Clarice know} -smile- I recently received two blog Awards. And have passed them on.

But just this once. :-)

Aunt Amelia
"Was it the smile of early spring,
That made my bosom glow?
'Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
Could raise my spirit so.
~~ Anne Bronte



I prefer Happy Books too.

Jill xoo


Yes, the Gown of Glory was mine. I loved that book when I read it. I should reread it but there are so many books and so little time. I have to get into your library one of these days. Winter Cottage sounds interesting. Love, Mom


Hi Clarice--The Miss Read books are so gentle and full of the details of everyday life. I love them. I have never read the Miss Clare Remembers book, though and will search it out, along with the other recommendations. What a lovely way to spend a winter evening.


Sheila at Dodging Raindrops

I've heard of the Miss Read books but your recommendation has "sent me over the edge." I will definitely have to get a copy!



A book I loved when I read it to my boys was by Madeleine L'Engle and was about a family at Christmastime, being snowed in etc. I don't remember the name, but it was such a "cozy read". You may have already read it, if not I highly recommend that you do.


Aunt Amelia's Attic

Dear Clarice,
I too received the sweet award. And I'm {truly!} _struggling_ with how to deal with it. -sigh-

I'm not an 'Awards person,' I fear. But having just begun my 'Aunt Amelia's Attic,' I'm torn about how to deal with it. {With them, actually, since I got two, nearly alike, but named differently.}

I have thanked the sweet ladies, in their blog's comments. Not yet said so, in my own blog. I think _this_ time, I will pick some blogs which I really feel fit the terms. And then... And then... Keep my fingers crossed that no other sweet people, feel the desire to give me any more Awards. :-)

But I'm not going to put these Award Buttons on my sidebar. I like my sidebar as uncluttered as humanly possible. That's just my choice, and me. But... it _is_ me. :-)

Aunt Amelia
"Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, "Winter Time"

Aunt Amelia's Attic

Oh yes, I love older books too! I so need to spend lovely reading time, in a kinder/gentler early time. It beats watching/reading the news, any day.

With the news, all an individual can do is sit and stew. Because all we can daily do anything about, is in our own sphere. So what good does it do, to daily stew about all the rest?

No, my head is not in the sand like an ostrich. I know of the news. But I choose to spend as much time, in gentle pursuits, as is possible. As Joseph Campbell said;

"Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy."

Aunt Amelia
"Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, "Winter Time"

Lavender Dreamerl

These are all books I am not familiar with so I am thrilled to add them to my reading list! I love older books about families, too. I always have a book going...or two!


Oh, we love the same kinds of books! Miss Claire Remembers is my favorite Miss Read, too. I've been meaning to reread my Miss Read books--thanks for the reminder! Blessings, Debra


Beautiful books! Doesn't Enya sing a song called Miss Claire Remembers? I think so --- it's beautiful. I love these books and some other favorites by the same authors. Thank you for inspiring us to appreciate things from the past.

What charm!



Oh I'm a push over for book suggestions especially these vintage looking sweet stories. I went right to Amazon and ordered a copy of the Miss Read. I also wanted the Winter Cottage but that one I'll have to investigate more as it was very pricey there.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate

Absolutely charming Clarice. I'm going to have to look into these books, I know I would enjoy them.

Congratulations on your award! xo~m.


Hi Clarice~We share a fondness for Miss Read and her Fairacre friends. I also love those simpler times when neighbors cared for one another and families appreciated small contentments.
{{hugs}} Carolyne

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