is a novel about healing and hope set in Grange-over-Sands in the early 1960s. It tells two entwined stories.
In 1963 Jack, his wife Netty and their young daughter Annette meet a charismatic and mysterious stranger while on a day out at the lido.
The stranger – a young man called Timothy Richardson – seems to heal Jack’s life-long short-sightedness and promises he can help Netty too, who has terminal cancer and has been sent home to die.
In the present day, Annette – now in her sixties – has returned to her childhood home to clean and sell it. While there she disturbs the spirits of her parents, still clinging to the house – and together they remember those last, confusing months of Netty’s life, the dangerous nature of hope, the impossibilities of miracles and the persistence of kindness.