As they toast the new year of 1951 together, Meg and Steven Caraford looks back at the good fortune they have enjoyed since their marriage: their small farm at Schoirhead is prospering, they have a lovely baby boy, Samuel, and close friends and family live nearby. Steven’s half-brother, Fred, a thorn in their sides, has thankfully moved to Canada, and the future looks bright. Then Steven’s mother takes in a lodger, Ruth, a vulnerable young woman with a small daughter – and a traumatic secret. Gradually, the family help her to rebuild her life, but there will be obstacles for them all to overcome….
©2010 Gwen Kirkwood (P)2010 Soundings
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