The Calico Year was published in 1953.
“The beauty of the changing seasons and the work of managing an inherited farmhouse in the Berkshire Mountains bring real happiness into the lives of the Cannon sisters.
All of this is a great change for Tracy, who gladly exchanges fashion for blue jeans and the chance to put behind her a meaningless society life in New York. An unusual situation gives Tracy legal guardianship of her younger sister, Tina, who is equally anxious to escape from their Aunt Martha, who sends her from one boarding school to another on an irresponsible merry-go-round of loneliness. Both girls agree that they have had the wrong kind of luxury, and being without money is their price for freedom and the chance for a wholesome, normal life.”
Extremely delightful story. I enjoyed very much!