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Q: Who drew all the pies? A: Mark did. The Edinburgh Sketcher


Before she was a detective, before she was a reluctant wife and distracted mother, before she was even a debutante, Dandy Gilver spent one perfect summer with the Lipscotts of Pereford. Now sweet, pretty Fleur Lipscott is working as a schoolmistress at St Columba's College for Young Ladies. Unfortunately, St Columba's has been shedding mistresses as a snake its skins.

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Jessie Constable is a survivor. She holds it together with her job and a couple of friends, keeping her dreams and fears hidden deep inside her. She’s learned not to look for much more. Then Gus King appears and turns her careful life upside down.  Jessie grows a family like she's planted magic beans and doesn't stop to ask why it might seem too good to be true.

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On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops while, out in the bay, the herring drifters brave the storms to catch their silver darlings. It's nowhere for a child of gentle Northamptonshire to spend Christmas.


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