Top positive review
Yearning for home
27 March 2018
Yes, it is a page turning adventure, but there is so much more to this story than a boarding school romp. Farrant captures the yearning and misery of a lost home, it is beautifully described ( ... the cherry trees, the rose bush) even better than a Noel Streatfield who used the dream-of-a-home emotion in every novel; and then Farrant has a 'meeting on a train' scene that has all the detail and charm of Harry Potter and Ron's first encounter; and then there are lakes and mountains and Scotland in wonderful landscape ... it never gets in the way of the story, but touches the heart.
Best of all is a continual theme of how totally crap parents are, and how much their children love them despite their uselessness. If only it were true.