The two-hundred-year-old cottages known as Tyler’s Row, with charming leaded-glass windows and an arched thorn hedge over the gateway, are supposed to provide a haven of peace for their new owners, Peter and Diana Hale.
They plan to convert the middle two cottages into one, to create their own rural refuge. But beset by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and bills, as well as their neighbouring tenants, the redoubtable Sergeant Barnaby and the sour Mrs. Fowler, both long-time residents of Tyler’s Row, the couple soon have cause to ponder their decision.
Fairacre is not the utopia they expect, and the Hales must adapt to ordinary life in a village full of extraordinary quirks. Read by Gwen Watford.