The blurb: Everyone has to make decisions about love. Wilfred Price, overcome with emotion on a sunny spring day, proposes to a girl he barely knows at a picnic. The girl, Grace, joyfully accepts and rushes to tell her family of Wilfred’s intentions. But by this time Wilfred has realised his mistake. He does not love Grace. On the verge of extricating himself, Wilfred’s situation suddenly becomes more serious when Grace’s father steps in.
Up until this point in his life, Wilfred’s existence has been blissfully simple, and the young undertaker seems unable to stop the swirling mess that now surrounds him. To add to Wilfred’s emotional turmoil, he thinks he may just have met the perfect girl for him. As Wilfred struggles in an increasingly tangled web of expectation and duty, love and lies, Grace reveals a long-held secret that changes everything . . .
My review: A sad and gentle book this, with emotions and actions that run deep but appear calm on the surface by duty. Completely heart breaking at times and comedic at others, this is a light, lovely book. Plus it’s gorgeous, a handbag sized hardback that screams to be picked up!
There is a very real sense of place, the calm pace of life, the neighbourly over-interest and the small community of this little village in Wales post War.
Wilfred is a very likeable character. One who seems to get himself into situations not really of his own making, or slightly through a lack of drive and a desire to avoid confrontations. Wilfred and his father are the silent, steady types that you can imagine being the backbone of a community, the ones you would turn to if you were in great need. Remarkable men who would love for an eternity but in a humble way.
The book covers the eternal topics of love and duty with a young, naive man caught between the woman he loves and a woman he’s duty bound to. He finds himself in ridiculously funny and heartwrenchingly sad situations. A great book with characters that dance from the pages.
6.5 out of 10! ******.5