When Martha Cooper returns from Australia she is forced to come to terms with her past, memories of which are dominated by the death of teenager Mike Boothman, drowned in the river at Arton.
It is at Arton that she meets his brother Paul again. They had loved each other but that love was killed by the tragedy and the bitterness which followed. Now, with Paul’s help and her Great Aunt’s guidance, Martie must unravel many secrets: secrets that could change her life, and bring hope to the community to which she has returned.
“It weaves a captivating web, using characters who refuse to fit into moulds in which others want to see them cast.”
– Janet Barnfather, Yorkshire Evening Post
“Pauline’s economical style creates her peoples and settings not with lengthy descriptive prose but with pithy observations of or by her characters: succinct phrases are dropped in to outline a character with the casual ease of a charcoal artist.”
– Sesame, newspaper of The Open University
“The novel inter-relates the lives and loves of three women set against the most well-thought out backdrop I have ever read: Pauline Kirk gives the close-knit town a character which in turn shapes the characters in the story.”
– Paula Shutkever, Leeds Other Paper