Zoë O’Brien arrives in Hartwell fresh from the trauma of a failed affair with a married man, and a lingering memory of her parents’ death in an accident the previous year.
A new teacher at the local primary school in North East England, she is looking for improvement in her social life, and it is not long before she learns that the Hartwell Players, an amateur musical group, are about to begin their new season. With an early background in stage and drama, she finds the prospect of a musical production enticing.
Into her life arrives an eclectic mix of people, and Zoë is unaware of the significant influence they will have on both her present and her future.
Written with considerable skill and an obvious understanding of the craft of writing, this comic-tragic tale reminded us of a “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, or an “Under The Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy.
David George has a special gift for describing characters, and captures women’s feelings particularly well.
If you are looking for an enjoyable and stimulating read, we thoroughly recommend this book.