Madge and her cousin Paul go to spend their holiday with their Gran down near Land's End and at first it is all sweet peas...

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Madge and her cousin Paul go to spend their holiday with their Gran down near Land's End and at first it is all sweet peas and strawberries and pastoral tranquility. But saddening moments keep trespassing: there is the blind Professor nearby whose wife had abandoned him -- they read to him; a drowned trawlerman is washed up on the beach; and finally there's Madge's letter from her mother admitting that. Paul is really her brother who had been appropriated by their father, which makes her feel even more unwanted. A final acceptance of the irreparable nature of certain conditions in life is the last step she must take. This is less of a story than Mrs. Paton Walsh has previously written, attuned to nuance rather than event, and perhaps somewhat too plaintive and ephemeral for your more active readers

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 1972

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1972