Their children Victoria and Leila meet when Lady Beauford sends Victoria to the village school out of spite. The Varneys adore their only child Leila, though they are surprised she does not excel academically as her father did. Though Harold is an impoverished teacher, he was a talented Oxford scholar.
Despite the differences in their backgrounds, the two girls share a special friendship; but before long both families start to fear something is wrong...
©2008 Claire Lorrimer; (P)2009 Soundings
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