DRAMA COMES TO PRIOR'S FORD by EVE HOUSTON.
Actress Meredith Whitelaw, axed from a popular television soap, has descended upon Prior's Ford to 'rest' - but instead she creates havoc for the local dramatic society.
Clarissa Ramsay, travelling the world, keeps in contact with her friend Alastair Marshall, who finds himself missing her more with each letter that arrives. Then Clarrisa aloof stepdaughter Alexandra bursts into his life, in search of refuge and consolation.
Unexpected news for Lewis Ralston-Kerr causes alarm and apprehension to his parents, busy refurbishing their tumbledown manor house. And Jenny Forsyth and her husband Andrew discover, when Jenny's long-lost stepdaughter Maggie moves in, that the sweet little toddler has become a difficult teenager with a grudge to settle ....
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): The red Post Office van provided a welcome splash of cover in the grey December landscape as it drove down the lane from Tarbethill Farm and turned left towards the village of Prior's Ford.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 190): "You're beginning to sound like a grumpy old man."
"That's because I feel like one, and what's wrong with that? Maggie's allowed to have her hair gel and her glittery belly-button, why can't I be allowed my grumpiness?
MY THOUGHTS: If like myself you haven't read the first book in Eve Houston's Prior's Ford series, Secret's In Prior's Ford, please don't be put off reading this, the second book, as it really does work perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.
A bit like becoming a newcomer to the village of Prior's Ford itself it took me a while to get to know my fellow villagers but once I did I found myself engrossed in the lives of characters such as the wonderfully out of touch (as for as teenagers go anyway) Andrew Forsyth and, my only criticism, the under-used Reverend Naomi Hennessey (think a Jamaican Vicar of Dibley type character with a son) who I hope we get to see lots more of in future books.
Warm, gentle, and yet with just enough soap opera type drama to make it feel realistic and not too sugary-sweet, this really is perfect armchair reading that because of the somewhat open ending will leave you wanting more.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Ex-library stock. Alas not one for the shelves but I know several people who will love this.
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