A lovely light but intelligent romance, that isn't formulaic. Margery Sharp is a great storyteller, and this tale of an impoverished and ageing chorus girl, Julia, who visits her daughter in France is one of her best. Her daughter has been brought up by her late husband's parents, and is a stranger to her mother, but she asks for her mother's help when she wants to marry, and Julia travels to France. Julia's warm personality makes things happen, and there is romance for both the young and middle aged. My best summer read this year so far.