Worthwhile read but a big long,
This review is from: The Stranger House (Paperback)
This is set in a small village in Cumbria. A village where little has changed in centuries and the old families still exist (the Church, the big house, the pub, the smithy and the sexton are still in the same families).
By an unlikely coincidence two people meet here. A Spaniard from the Sherry trade who is half English and is a former trainee priest who has opted out. The other is also 20ish, a feisty Australian woman (a bit of a stereotype) who us to shortly start post graduate maths studies at Cambridge.
He is here to research Catholic families in the 1500s , she is trying to trace the roots of her grandmother forcibly sent as a child to Australia in the 1960s. They take a dislike to each other but things change.
The action does not move far (although it does in time) and revelations gradually come about, often coming from more than one source to make any so-called facts more ambiguous.
By the end of the book there have been further tragedies and know a bit more about what happened centuries ago. The two turn out to be closer than expected in several ways.
The book is over 600 pages long and a bit of editing might not have come amiss. Nevertheless a fairly good read.