This delightful drama is set just as WWII is ending. A widow, Caroline Dering, is relieved to have her son home after three years in Malay. Also floating into the village is a stranger. A man that Caroline develops a friendship with. That friendship becomes strained once her sister Harriet arrives and Caroline realizes Harriet's feelings for the newcomer.
The story moves slowly and sweetly. I loved the slice of English village life that we get to examine. It is a time of radical social and economic change. The older generation and the younger generation have to struggle to fit themselves together.
I am looking forward to reading the sequels, Music in the Hills and Shoulder the Sky.