What a good find , The book was so good it brought back happy memory's of my childhood spent in Edinburgh. The words were just as I remembered my mother tongue,a terrific read and I will definitely be reading more of this wonderful author.
A gripping novel of wartime Leith, this is a fascinating tale about the fortunes and misadventures of the Glass family. Tam, their father, is captured during the Dunkirk withdrawal and spends five harrowing years in German POW camps before returning home to find an addition to the family following his wife Dinah's affair with a coloured GI. Hard-won reconciliation, aided by young Sam Campbell's smartness, brings its eventual reward in the shape of academic achievement for Tam and relative post-war prosperity for the family, whose hilarious adventures are often tinged with the pathos which Millie Gray handles so well. Particularly amusing yet poignant are the experiences of the Glass children during their brief evacuation to Lasswade. Senga, the principal character of the novel, is ultimately transformed into Crystal, whose `Song' marks the appropriate culmination of her romance with the ubiquitous Sam.
I don't take to much notice of other's reviews on books, as what one person enjoys another might detest. Although if everyone gave very low rating maybe I would not purchase. However, I loved this book easy reading, will certainly read it again.
Once I started this book couldn't put it down great story well written . The characters where wonderful, I've laughed and cried with this book. It was my first Millie Gray book but will be buy more of hers