Vicar of a church in beautiful Cornwall, widower William has two daughters: Fiona, confident and willful; Lara, more introverted and very much his darling. During the glorious summer months of 1972, they both meet men who will play an important part in their lives for years to come. The innocent Lara is bowled over by man of the world Sean, while Fiona falls in love with firefighter Philip, but both girls will discover flaws in the men’s characters, causing winter tears. Then, Lara meets Tim, who seems almost perfect and supports her through a very difficult time, but will he become the love of her life, or is she unable to recover from her first love, Sean?
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- Carol Collins
I found the narration by Lynne Thompson to be warm, compassionate and good at portraying whatever each character is thinking and feeling. She accentuates every aspect of the Christian romance very meaningfully, making the book an enjoyable read.
This book is a standalone and it felt more like a family saga. It revolves around Fiona, Lara and their farther who is a vicar.
The vicar's daughters do not behave in the way you would expect them to but this more due to not having a mother figure and also their farther not really spending time with them. I got the impression he did not know how to treat them. This shapes the way they think and act later on. Lara unlike her sister Fiona is naive. We see this at the beginning of the book. But she realizes her mistake too late.
We get to see things in all three pov's but more from Lara then the other two. It spans over a few years and this makes it realistic.
The author dips in the subject about prejudice in that time period and people's percpectives. This makes the book more real and the characters more human.
Also, the ending did surprise me but I am not going to say more then that because I don't want to spoil it.