Little Mary Sunshine again as Miss Cookson keeps the good ship lollipop afloat with further adventures of the elfin lass who at twelve still melts the hearts of gruff old men and other unhappy adults--she also has a ""Geordie"" dialect whi' a' nigh nowt i' 'a way of consonants. This time Mary Ann twinkles through the gloom of love gone awry. Her Ma and Da have suspicions about one another in regard to a separated married pair; Mr. Lord, the wee one's patron, fusses about his nephew and a local gel; and Mary Ann herself has the sweets for weedy Corny, who plays (s'truth) the cornet and is afraid to come to her birthday party. But by the close of the best party everso, it's love all around. How long, O Lord.