Wonderful comprehensive descriptions bring the landscape to life for the reader. We are enveloped in warmth and sunshine, with expectations of laughter.
The novel is about love and loss, sacrifice and letting go – knowing when to step forward and when to hold back. there are loves that consume. One is obsessive to the exclusion of all else, the other bubbles away in the background.
There is the difficult theme of mental illness. It is managed with love, care, kindness and gentleness.