In January a young Croyde surfer tries to come to terms with her uncertain future. In ice-cold February, a High Street trader mourns the loss of his family business. As signs of spring appear in the hedgerows, a farmer’s wife starts a new venture. When overseas visitors arrive in a Devon village square in April, a lonely man sees things in a new light. Is a train journey through the North Devon countryside in May the start of a new life for two young lovers? June. The rainswept beach at Westward Ho! intensifies a young mother’s sense of isolation. A mysterious and solitary figure crosses Exmoor in July. In August, a bereaved woman is deeply affected by an unexpected sight on Lynmouth beach. It is early autumn at Rosemoor Garden and Hilary is daring to hope for reconciliation. Harvest takes on a surprising significance for an inquisitive girl. In November, a red rose on a grave leads to memories of an enigmatic aunt. An unmarried man searches Bideford shops for a special Christmas present.These twelve poignant stories, deeply rooted in the Devon landscape, are each linked to a month of the year from January through to December. You will be transported from a sleepy village square to the wilds of Exmoor and from a summer beach to the narrow streets of a small Devon town, and introduced to a variety of memorable characters. All are at a moment of reckoning in their lives as they experience the subtle but significant events that make up everyday experience. These stories of love and loss, of separation and reconciliation, will stay with you throughout the year.
UK price £8.99
Publication date 01/08/2013
Cover design by Ben Shakespeare