It is summer, 1941, and the country is still at war.
In the Devon village of Ashleigh, however, evacuees from the London blitz are living in an atmosphere of rural peacefulness, although Daisy Ricketts of Bermondsey isn't sure if she'll ever get on with carping Mrs Mumford, the subject of whispers because of her husband's mysterious disappearance.
David, the elder son of Tommy and Vi Adams, meets Kate Trimble, a cockney girl from Camberwell who has just arrived in Ashleigh with her aunt. Kate is imaginative and precocious, while David is happy-go-lucky, and as the war is directly affecting the lives of so many other members of the Adams family, Kate and David establish a friendship in the summer sunshine of Devon.
But as their friendship develops some exciting undercurrents, an incident occurs which brings home to them the darker intrigues of wartime and provides a devastating shock to everyone.
About the Author
Mary Jane Staples was born and brought up in the Walworth area of South London. She now lives in Surrey and is the author of over twenty novels about cockney life, many of which feature the well-loved Adams family.
Number Of Pages: 415
Published: 15th October 1999
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.32