’This could be the village of our dreams’ says Peggy Palmer to her husband, when they first enter the beautiful surroundings of Round Ringford.
Their goal is to buy the local post office and shop and settle into a new way of life.But it is not going to be as easy as they imagine. They are the newcomers in a tight-knit village community.
And the unhelpful and malicious Ivy Beasley is lurking behind her lace curtains - and waiting for any opportunity to spread gossip. It is not long before she thinks she finds it - in the shape of Peggy's burgeoning friendship with Bill Turner.
Even so, Peggy throws herself into village life and is soon embroiled in the hopes, desires and disasters that beset Round Ringford - until, all too soon, she is faced with a tragedy of her own...
And she is about to discover that 'Pastures New' can come with some very old problems.
Pastures New is a brilliantly told story of village life that will grip the reader from the first page to the last.
“Steering between the `Aga-saga and the clogs and shawls, Pastures New ... will give pleasure to many.” Sunday Times
“An amiable, delightfully gossipy novel set in a quaint English village...will leave readers eager for further instalments” – Publishers Weekly
“.... a satisfyingly cosy read, as the Palmers make their mark on Ringford, and Ringford comes to terms with the Palmers. Surely the first in a soap saga that will run into several volumes.” Publishing News
“A brisk narrative of homely entertainment.” Home and Country.
“An enjoyable read with some rich characters which we hope to meet again very soon.” Vivien Walker, Northants Chronicle & Echo.
“Anyone who has ever lived in a rural English community will find the situations ...evocatively familiar. Becoming involved in village life at Round Ringford is not as easy as newcomers Peggy and Frank Palmer imagine. Their trials and tribulations are caringly catalogued in Pastures New ....” Western Morning News
Ann Purser has lived for twenty years in Northamptonshire, where she has thrown herself into village life, working in a local school and serving as a Parish Councillor. For nine years she ran an art gallery in the village before turning to full time writing.
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Bringing the requisite wit and compassion to her attempt to walk in the footsteps of the venerable, pseudonymous "Miss Read," first-time novelist Purser creates an amiable, delightfully gossipy novel set in a quaint English village. A few up-to-date touches (relatively unblinking looks at adultery and mental illness, for instance) place the story firmly in the present day without diminishing its cozy charm. When her husband, Frank, loses his job, resourceful Peggy Palmer suggests that they use Frank's severance pay to buy a village shop in a small town. Half a year later, the Palmers-both in their mid-50s-leave their suburban home in Coventry to run Round Ringford's village store and post office. Their new circle of acquaintances soon includes such neatly drawn characters as crabby, unwelcoming Ivy Beasley; Sheila Pearson, the feisty District Councillor whose proposed housing development creates dissension in the village; and Susan Standing, the miserable but arrogant wife of the local Lord of the Manor. For Peggy, the most important new relationship is her burgeoning friendship with Bill Turner, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Her feelings for Bill take on an altered significance when tragedy occurs, forcing Peggy to make many important decisions. Numerous subplots convey the vitality and complexity of village life, and an upbeat, satisfyingly romantic conclusion-complete with sequel-inspiring cliffhanger-will leave readers eager for further installments.
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Book Description Orion mass market paperback, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 752809539
Book Description Orion mass market paperback, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0752809539