There's consternation among the villagers of Prior's Ford when a firm is interested in re-opening an old granite quarry. It'll be disruptive, noisy and dusty, despite bringing in some new jobs. Publican Glen organises a protest group - but when a local newspaper takes an interest in him and the story, he begins to feel nervous. And when Jenny Forsyth attends a protest meeting, she is shocked to discover the quarry surveyor is an unwelcome face from her past. Clarissa Ramsay, newly widowed, is too preoccupied to care much about the threat facing the village - she's just discovered her husband Keith had a secret life; while up at Linn Hall the impoverished Ralson-Kerrs find that the changes threatened by the quarry represent a test of loyalty to the village that regards them as its lairds.More
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Gentle and undemanding - but enjoyable
I've finished this book and still undecided if I will listen to the series. On the plus side, it's gentle and pleasant and oddly compelling once you get into it, and some of the characters, like Clarissa and her stepdaughter, are very recognisable. Oddly enough, so is Carissa's late husband, even though he never actually appears, having died just before the book starts. Everything his widow says and thinks about him paints a very vivid mind picture.
I thought the picture of the newly widowed Clarissa hitting rock bottom with her confidence in shreds, and then gradually building a new life for herself was well drawn and probably the strongest part. Some of the other characters and situations were less convincing.
The narration is fine on the whole, though the deliberate and very slow diction given to some of the male characters is a bit overdone for me - with some of them I just wanted to get out and push. I found the tying up of loose ends a bit too convenient and predictable but on balance I think this little village saga has probably got me hooked and I'll find myself checking out book 2 before too long.