Emma Blair is a prolific British author who writes about families with in depth character studies of one or two of the main book heros or heroins. Her books including this book will not win awards for adventure but is an excellent resource for historical information about life during the 1920's. This wasn't one of my favorite books written by the author but she has so many that I will surely fine others that more suit my fancy.
It is May 1926, Glasgow is crippled by the General Strike and the future looks bleak for John Forsyth. Made redundant from his factory job and with no prospect of employment, he and his family only hold together through the determination of his ambitious wife, Madge. Even thought this means a dramatic move to the farthest reaches of England-to Devon.
As the family begin a niw life in the village of Atherton, their fortunes change. John works in the copper mine, but unused to the appalling conditions finds solace in the Church and in his secret supply of scrumpy; long-suffering Madge ultimatedly attains love and happiness where she least expects it; and Graham, their eldest child, soon discovers how thrilling- and lucrative- a smuggler's life can be. However, it is Jennie, the Forsyth's wilful daughter who faces the greatest chanllenge of them all. Her dreans take her far beyond Devon's green fields and golden sands, and will bring her both devasting loss and passionate love.