An outsider arrives in rural Scotland, but finds her hopes for a new home elusive in a novel by the author of The Cone-Gatherers: “A remarkable writer.” —The Times
When the beautiful pearl-fisher Effie Williamson arrives in a rural Scottish village with her traveler grandparents and siblings not long after the end of World War II, the residents react in many different ways, from hospitable warmth to outright rejection—and tension is exacerbated when the religious, gentle Gavin Hamilton takes the family into his home, the Old Manse. Gavin quickly finds himself drawn to the young woman, but a match with someone like Effie would certainly set off gossip, or worse, among some of the villagers.
A difficult love will blossom gradually between Effie and Gavin—under the scrutiny of the watchful locals—in this insightful, emotional novel by a prize-winning author.
“As a storyteller, Jenkins has few equals.” —Tribune