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It's 1919 in Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire. The Ryan family are adjusting to life in the aftermath of the First World War.

Walter has returned home a broken man, and so it falls to his son, Josh, and daughter, Emily, to do their best to keep their family business as the village candle makers going.

Josh and Emily are great friends with Thomas 'Trip' Trippet, whose father owns a cutlery manufacturing company in Sheffield, and Amy Clark, daughter of the local blacksmith. Together the foursome roams the hills and dales together. Romance blossoms for Josh and Amy while Emily falls in love with Trip but is unsure if the feeling is mutual.

Their lives are changed when Trip goes to learn the family trade in Sheffield. Martha Ryan, determined that her son, Josh, will go up in the world, uproots her husband and children and moves them to live in Sheffield, too. All Josh wants to do is to continue making candles and marry Amy. Moving into a backstreet court in the city is a very different lifestyle for all of the Ryan family. But things start to look up when their new neighbour, Louise, helps to find Emily employment as a buffer girl.

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  • 03-01-16

loved it

really enjoyed this book couldn't put it down. would defiantly recommend to anyone who enjoys booked based in the early 1900s.

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  • Sarah Dinnick
  • 04-16-16

excellent story

I loved the story, and the narrative was excellent, entertaining and captivating. Would even listen to it again.

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  • 10-12-17

Great book

it shows the struggles of that time. the hope and love shines through. loved it

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  • Mary C.
  • 04-16-17

A very readable book

Well written. Good story line. Couldn't put it down. Narration was exceptionally good. If there is a sequel I shall certainly get it.

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  • steph
  • 10-03-16

the buffer girls

interesting story lots of twist and turns in the story.a good story to listen to.

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  • bertiebouncer
  • 08-01-16

Great listen

This was a great story flowed along nicely, love this author down to earth great

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  • V. Davy
  • 04-26-16

Gentle storyline

Not as good as previous books by this author. A bit slow and though characters were well read I didn't gel with them as I have others in past books. Interesting learning about the way small businesses worked in those times. Would recommend if you want a gently paced book with 5 or so main characters and it is easy to listen to.