In ‘No Holly for Miss Quinn', the three young children of Miss Quinn’s brother are staying with her while their mother is in hospital. Miss Quinn prefers to be left to her own devices, especially at Christmas, but she soon finds her stern sense of duty undermined by the preparations for Christmas, the infectious enthusiasm of the children and the unexpected arrival of an old flame.
Miss. Read is famous for her heartwarming stories and these two novels are great examples of the novelist at her literary best. Many of Miss. Read’s stories are set in the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green; the two short stories in this CD audiobook collection are based in the former and are part of a 20-book series.
The Christmas Mouse is a charming story that focuses on the appearance of a lovely mouse on the eve before Christmas. The creature first appears in the bedroom of an elderly widow and a young boy stumbles upon the uninvited house guest as he plays. The meeting between the mouse and the boy will have a lasting effect on both of them.
The second story No Holly for Miss Quinn is all about one lady’s struggle to look after the needs of three young children over the festive period. Miss Quinn’s sister-in-law falls ill and is taken to hospital leaving the usually independent and stern-faced Miss Quinn with no choice but to get into the Christmas spirit. A surprise visit from a former love as well as the contagious zest for Christmas from the children helps Miss Quinn to get into the jolly spirit of the holiday season.