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An unwelcome visitor arrives in Turnham Malpas. Why is Bryn Fields - who fled four years ago under the worst possible circumstances - back? And what are his plans for the village? For the rector and his wife, Peter and Caroline, there are more serious problems to cope with when their twins start asking about their real mother. Having accepted her husband's indiscretion ten years ago, Caroline finds that facing up to it again now is almost more than she can bear...
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This is another of Shaw's gentle tales about the everyday goings-on in Turnham Malpas. Bryn Fields returns to the village with a plan to make it a theme park for American tourists, the ultimate authentic English village. Unsurprisingly, this does not go down too well with the locals, and nor does Bryn's wooing of his estranged wife who owns the pub. Meanwhile the Vicar's 11-year-old twins are asking about their real mother, and the local plague pit is being excavated - this latter with highly entertaining results. In contrast the heartache felt by the Vicar and his wife over telling their children about an indiscretion years ago is so delicately handled that the reader really feels involved with the characters. This is an engaging and not-too-serious read which will be enjoyed by existing fans of Turnham Malpas and should encourage new readers to enter into the trials of its characterful inhabitants. (Kirkus UK)
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