Ravishing, extravagant, flirtatious Annie MacLeoud and kind, plain, virtuous Myrtle Duns cannot remember a time when they were not the most loving, rivalrous and unlikely of friends; unflinchingly loyal to each other in the harsh climate of the Scottish fishing village which is their home. Their friendship has been tested many times, most of all when Myrtle embarks upon the great love affair of her life, while the beautiful Annie finds only disappointment.
Still the friendship survives, until a horrifying accident destroys the equilibrium and exposes the secret sadness, jealous and betrayal each has hidden over the years.
Angela Huth has written eleven novels, four collections of short stories as well as plays for radio, TV and the stage. Two of her earlier novels - Virginia Fly is Drowning and Sun Child - she adapted for the BBC and Land Girls was made into the 1998 feature film The Land Girls. She is also a well-known freelance journalist, critic broadcaster. She is married to a don, lives in Oxford and has two daughters.
While this book started out quite slowly, it did blossom into a fascinating story. The narrator is wonderful, the accent easy to understand and also adding much to the story. I was disappointed with the abruptness of the ending, probably because I had grown to love each character in this book with the exception of Annie. The author did a fantastic job of developing Annie’s character; There were so many facets of Her personality and behavior that I felt as if she were real; I truly did want to strangle her several times. All in all a very worthy reading experience, but I wish there was a sequel; I miss Myrtle already!