A Song for Summer
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
As the prospect of a Second World War looms over Europe, in London, Ellen Carr prepares to make the transition from girl to young woman.
Despite coming from a family of fiercely intelligent, academic women, Ellen decides her future lies in domesticity. Inspired by her late Grandfather's much-loved Austrian housekeeper, she applies for a job as housekeeper at a progressive boarding school in the depths of the Austrian countryside.
The staff and children at the Hallendorf School for Music, Drama and Dance, are colourful and eccentric and Ellen settles in well. But her life becomes decidedly more complicated as she forms a friendship with the mysterious school gardener Marek.
A deliciously old-fashioned story, which encompasses love, adventure and a host of memorable characters.