Brother and sister, Billa and Ed, live together in their old family home, a beautiful converted mill in Cornwall, in which they both grew up. Billa's and Ed's early childhood was very happy, but when their beloved father died, and their mother made an unwise second marriage to an unreliable man who brought his difficult, manipulative son, Tristan, to live with them, both Billa's and Ed's lives changed for the worse. Now, however, many years later, Billa and Ed enjoy a fairly uneventful, but satisfying life with friends and family nearby, and they are looking forward to spending many more happy years together. But then Billa begins to receive postcards with some rather unsettling messages from the past and when she realizes the postcards are from their old childhood tormentor, Tristan, both she and Ed start to feel uneasy and very uncomfortable. (No spoilers, we learn all of this early on in the novel and there are, of course, other characters and aspects to this story for prospective readers to discover). But what does Tristan want after all these years without contact and why should Billa and Ed feel threatened by him?
With some lovely descriptions of Cornwall and full of comforting, homely details such as the smell of woodsmoke from open fires; family meals cooked on the AGA; crisp cotton laundry drying in the sun and jugs of fresh flowers, this novel makes for very easy down-time reading. I do have to say, however, that I found this story a little sentimental for me in places, and I wasn't entirely convinced by some aspects of the plot - but that said, this is one of those effortless stories which are very easy to sink into after a busy, tiring day and if you are looking for an unchallenging and homely bedtime, down-time or fireside read, this could well fit the bill for you.