Islander Nell Sullivan, Roone’s only hairdresser, is preparing for her wedding, and wants everyone to attend. Fiancé Tim’s happy to foot the bill – as a computer programmer he can well afford it – but Nell wants to contribute. Tim and Nell had met through Tim’s brother James, who’d relocated to Roone from Dublin a few years previously with his troubled teenage son Andy, following the death of his wife. Nell decides to offer her cottage for rent over the summer to raise funds, and subsequently lets it over six weeks to three lots of tenants, while she moves to the little room off her salon. The lettings lead to unexpected encounters and developments, but along the way Nell’s future plans are thrown into uncertainty.
The death of a much-loved islander unites the community in grief.
Nell’s father Denis meets a woman who causes him to make significant life changes.
An eventful summer draws to a close with a house fire, and Nell ultimately realises that she has a difficult choice to make. The book ends with a wedding, but it’s not Nell’s.
UK Publisher: Hachette