In a fifth book about Julia, who was 12 in A Room Made of Windows, Julia is 15, serious about Shakespearean acting although her deepest commitment is still to writing, falling in love for the first time, and still a precise, compassionate observer. Julia, aspiring to Juliet, is cast as the nurse and then, in an ironic twist, is Juliet after all--but with the wrong Romeo. Her story is accepted by St. Nicholas Magazine as a senior contribution, but beloved Uncle Hugh is too wound up in an unhappy love affair to share the story or her joy. Dear friend Rhiannon's maturing friendship is interrupted by death, and even her bequest to Julia is embittered by Rhiannon's younger sister's jealousy. In fact, in each of the private worlds created by the loving relationships of Julia and the people closest to her, there is, as Uncle Hugh says, a ""yes, but""--and in the course of the novel Julia comes to accept the set backs and sorrows that seem to come with every joy as a necessary part of life. She also learns to hold fast to her own best talent, and to emerge from ""la vie privÃ‰e"" in order to free her own creativity. Again, a complex portrait of a warmly generous, unique individual--Julia Redfern is a very special friend for readers lucky enough to grow along with her.