Eve is an ambitious head mistress in a school in Bristol but after a panic attack forces her to go to the hospital, she has to admit that it is time to take a break. So off she goes to visit her aunt Mary in Cornwall. During her childhood, Eve used to spend all her summer holidays with her aunt and they were very close but then she became too busy at work and she hasn’t seen her in years. But Eve doesn’t connect only with her aunt, but also with her lodger, ex-marine Jack, who is recovering from an injury.
Although I found the narration and dialogues rather formal and not completely engaging, the plot is romantic and enjoyable and the Cornwall landscape creates an evocative setting. (NP)