Isobel Frazier, retired schoolteacher, but still snapping with energy, is suddenly confronted by a child stealing a bottle of milk from her doorstep. She discovers he is one of four children fending for themselves and their invalid father, after their mother Katie has left them. The eldest boy, Trevor, is practically head of the household. Together with Trevor's friendly music master, Alan, Isobel befriends the young family, but Cliff Broadbent is a difficult man, bitterly resenting his crippling disabilities. Gradually, Isobel becomes aware there is some mystery involved in Katie’s sudden disappearance...
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Retired but still zesty schoolteacher Isobel Frazier encounters the Broadbent clan when adorable 11-year-old Georgie Broadbent attempts to steal a pint of milk from Isobel's doorstep to provide breakfast for her family. A few days later, Isobel's compassion ignites when she meets Trevor, Georgie's 13-year-old brother, who has been caring for his three siblings as well as his invalid father since the mysterious disappearance of his mother, Katie, eight months before. Isobel learns that despite father Cliff's paralyzing disabilities, the family is accepting only the barest help from social services for fear of being separated. Profoundly moved by the struggling family, Isobel stirs the harried but kindly welfare workers and gets the family the financial and moral support they need. As Isobel's new happiness peaks, however, a missing piece of her past comes calling, sending her to Ireland, where she learns the truth about Katie Broadbent's disappearance. Webster's (Cloud Shadows) prose is graceful, and her characters true. In this goodhearted novel, however, unlikely plot turns and tidal waves of sentiment overwhelm the more subtle aspects of her craft.
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In her latest novel, Webster explores retired teacher Isobel Frazier's involvement with the Broadbents, who are waiting for their mother, Katie, to return home. Isobel catches young Georgia stealing a pint of milk from her doorstep and is horrified to learn of the family's meager existence. When the oldest boy, Trevor, tries to make amends, Isobel demands to be taken to see his father, Cliff, a disabled dockworker whose inability to deal with his sudden loss led him to strike out at his wife in anger and drive her away. From the first meeting, Isobel steadily supports the family and works with Cliff as they all wait for Katie, but it takes an unexpected trip to Ireland to get the message to Katie to come home. Consider Webster's novel, with its strong, sensitive characters and realistic family situations, for all collections, especially where British fiction is popular. Melanie Duncan
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR003534997
Descripción Severn House Pub Ltd, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Very Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0727849158