For Kit, the quiet Devon village she visits every year is the ideal getaway. But this summer, she arrives with a heart in turmoil: years have passed since Kit last saw Jake, but now he has written asking to meet again. For renowned actor Sir Mungo, his quiet home in the village provides the perfect retreat. As the summer unfolds, hidden truths are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past . . .
First called 'The Birdcage' by Felix, the strange quirky household in Bristol is where Lizzie lived as a child with her flamboyant mother, Angel. Felix himself lived in his family home on Exmoor, Michaelgarth, with his wife and son. Many years later Lizzie visits Michaelgarth and finds a family in trouble, needing her help to heal themselves.
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Nest and Mina still live at Ottercombe, their beautiful childhood home in Devon, and take great delight in visits from their nieces and nephews. When their frail older sister comes for a lengthy stay, memories of their past start to revisit them.
Henry Morley knows that good fortune have given him his wife and his family home. After converting the stables into cottages he is delighted to welcome a group of occupants, but as the recession starts to bite disaster strikes!
Three couples living in the heart of Dartmoor turn to each other in a time of need and learn important lessons in life. Quentin and Clemmie fear the onset of old age; Phillida and Alistair are struck by a great sorrow; and whilst Claudia and Jeff may appear the perfect couple they are hiding from the truth of their marriage.
ECHOES OF THE DANCE
Twenty-five years after giving up a successful ballet career after a tragic accident, Mim finds history repeating itself: Daisy, her protégé, is suffering from injury and is sent to Mim’s family home in Cornwall. There she begins an affair with Mim’s brother.
THE GOLDEN CUP
Paradise has been home to generations of Trevannians. Honor Trevannian, frail and bedridden, is very distressed at the arrival of a young American and asks her grand-daughter to find a cache of letters. After her death, the family faces revelations which could tear them apart.
2nd Chadwick Family Chronicle. Sequel to 'Looking Forward' (5411). The three siblings are now leaving Cornwall to lead their own lives, but Freddy feels that she must always have 'The Keep' ready should they ever need to return.
1st Chadwick Family Chronicle. Life at The Keep changes for ever in 1957 when Fliss, Mole and Susanna arrive to live with their grandmother after being orphaned in Kenya.
MEMORIES OF THE STORM
Clio is staying with her godmother at Hester's remote house on Exmoor. Jonah, visiting the area, chances upon the house where his mother stayed during the war. As the young couple become close, Hester realises that she must tell them about the past before it is too late.
SECOND TIME AROUND
When Mathilda Rainbird bequeaths her house to three relatives, she brings together a group of people with little in common, but all sharing a need to belong.
When Mattie invites her old friend Tim to stay in her family cottage on Dartmoor, she senses there is something he is not telling her. As Tim begins to open up, Mattie, who has loved him in silence for years, falls deeper in love. And as summer warms the wild landscape, new hopes begin to bloom...
George marries Thea, twenty years his junior, after abandoning a long-standing affair with formidable Felicity. At first, their new life in Devon is harmonious – until Felicity comes to visit.
A WEEK IN WINTER
Maudie Todhunter expects strong objections from her late husband's family when she decides to sell her farmhouse, Moorgate. After a particular week in winter they all decide that it is the people who really matter not the place.