In a 1940s Welsh village a school teacher stumbles across two dead bodies, and the secrets and lies of a close-knit community.
“I was so impressed by so many things in this book – its characters, its period detail which really comes alive in a very convincing way …” Radio Cymru Book Review by Bethan Mair
During the harsh winter of 1947, Della Arthur arrives at a remote Pembrokeshire village in the middle of a snowstorm to take up her new job as headteacher of the local primary school. Losing her way from the train station, she comes across a farmhouse and takes shelter there. After finding two dead bodies inside, Della struggles to discover the truth behind their deaths. She soon realises that in this close-knit community, secrets and lies lurk beneath the surface of respectability.
Della must choose who to trust among the inhabitants of this remote village – should she reveal what she knows to the sardonic minister of the local chapel, Huw Richards, or the Italian prisoner of war, Enzo Mazzati? Della finds herself under siege on all sides, and encumbered by an unwelcome lodger, a missing colleague and a disturbed pupil. It is only when her own life is threatened that she realises how dangerous her discoveries in the farmhouse really were.
“A pearl of a novel which crosses several frontiers. I really hope that we will hear more from this author.” Janice Jones in BBC Cymru e-magazine