Revue de presse
“A skillfully drawn comedy of manners” - The New Yorker
“[Wendy Jones’] characters are delightfully drawn, lovingly described, and infused with life that transcends the printed page.” - World Literature Today
“A life-embracing novel” - The Boston Globe
“Wilfred's sentimental education is wrought so delightfully and affectionately.'” —Sunday Times
“Light, compassionate drama about a small, very tightly bound, ancient corner of the world.'” —Guardian
“This is a spryly told tale whose heart is an ample match for its more knowing qualities.” — Daily Mail
Présentation de l'éditeur
Everyone has to make decisions about love. Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic. The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred's intentions. But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace.
On the verge of extricating himself, Wilfred's situation suddenly becomes more serious when Grace's father steps in. Up until this point in his life, Wilfred's existence has been blissfully simple, and the young undertaker seems unable to stop the swirling mess that now surrounds him. To add to Wilfred's emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him.
As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything . . .
Wendy Jones's charming first novel is a moving depiction of love and secrecy, set against the rural backdrop of a 1920s Welsh village, and beautifully told.