Antonia Forest has written a long series of books about the Marlowe family (some of which are impossible to get your hands on. They're all out of print). This book is set during their holidays when the oldest girl in the family suddenly marries an older man and brings him home with his three children from a previous marriage. If you haven't read any of the other books, this one would probably be difficult to follow. If you have, however, you will love it. The tension between people is acute. You see them at their worst and best. It's magnificently written. You know, children probably wouldn't like it even though it's a children's story. That's the problem. Antonia Forest is one of the greatest writers of all time. I love this book. I wish they were all in print and I wish I had them to read and read again.