She arrives in Devon a week after she was expected, having confused her dates, and discovers that the young women have arrived before her and that they have already established their own routines. A group of Canadian soldiers is billeted nearby while waiting to be assigned to active combat and the girls have been spending time with them. Gwen develops a rapport with Jane, a Land Girl whose fiancé is missing in action and Canadian Captain Raley who is grieving the death of a good friend.
One day Gwen comes across a neglected and overgrown hidden garden on the estate and she takes on its reclamation as a personal mission. She is curious about the history of the garden and wants to know more about the person who put so much thought and care into planting it.
This is the fifth Humphreys novel I have read and once again I am charmed by the rhythm and precision of her writing and the way she expresses so much in few words. It's a wonderful little book and I'm pleased that there are four more Humphreys novels and a work of nonfiction that I haven't yet read.