Amid the chaos of the Second World War comes a charming story of courage and friendship, from the author of GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY and A CITY OF BELLS.
In the summer of 1940, as the darkest days of the Second World War approach, a chance encounter on a train leads Miss Brown to become housekeeper at the Castle.
Hidden in a quiet, rural corner of England, the crumbling castle is home to lonely historian Mr Birley and his nephews, fighter pilot Richard and fair, peace-loving Stephen.
With young evacuees Moppet and Poppet, and mysterious violinist Jo Isaacson, this unexpected family of strangers come to rely on each other as the devastations of war rage on.
Miss Goudge is an artist of very considerable ability - Oxford Mail
About the novels of Elizabeth Goudge there is always something of the fairy-tale - The Scotsman
Elizabeth Goudge's novels, long or short, have always been distinguished by a quality of lyrical joyousness more usually associated with poetry than with prose and, perhaps, with music than with writing. - New York Times
Miss Goudge has the art of presenting men and women, to say nothing of children, as genuinely convincing persons, too human to be either wholly good or wholly bad - The Scotsman