A tittery English affair--about economics professor Guy Thursby, his wife Ros, and their two children, all of whom move to the chilly reaches of Cornwall (where they've bought a decrepit bakery) to escape the academic rut and return to Nature. But although they do learn to produce decent pastry--they later use the talents of two village pros--the Thursbys aren't making much dough. And there's not much of a social life until agreeable vicar Tony Turnbull and his pretty little wife Diana become fast chums with the Thursbys. Eventually Guy agrees to take on a town committee, Ros is arrested for shoplifting (an emotional lapse due to the pregnancy she doesn't want to tell Guy about), and both try to comfort childless Diana--Guy even has an affair with her. And when Diana finally gets preggers, the book ends with cagey Ros laughing hysterically. A lot of smirky sex, but sadly little of the day-to-day authentica which can usually save any saga of shoestring shambles-to-success. Slight.