Beth married the only man she’d ever loved, and they lead a quiet life in the English village of Heatherton. Naturally shy, Beth is proud of her teenaged daughter and her independent personality. Jen spends hours texting and visiting with her friends and on social media sites, but she does not neglect the rest of her life. All is well until the committee planning the village fete decides on their guest speaker. Beth is suddenly overwhelmed by a host of long repressed memories and her life is turned upside down.
I enjoyed reading about the well-developed characters that inhabit the village and play their part in either making Beth’s life more frightening, or supporting her as the fete approaches. Each character’s voice is distinct, and each has his or her own story, often told in a few well-chosen words. The descriptions of the village were just enough to nestle Heatherton nicely into my own vision of an English village. Although there were terms and phrases that were unfamiliar to me (an American reader), it was clear from the context what they meant, and they added authenticity to the characters.
I don’t know what else the author has in the works, but I would love to read more about the interesting people of Heatherton.