Set in Caxley, a quiet country town, The Caxley Chronicles follow two intertwined families, the Howards and the Norths, through the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century. I've always been going to read Miss Read and this seemed a good place to start. I expected it to be sort of fluffy and goody-two-shoes, but it was refreshingly Pym-like and I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Read has a shrewd, but kind view of people. I am looking forward to reading her other books, of which there are many.