A searing and powerful novel from one of Wales's best - selling authors. ''...It was daylight before the cage wheel began to turn and the first of the casualties was brought up. It finished only when there were nine bodies laid out on stretchers.'' Despite a comfortable living, surrounded by lush farmlands, Jennie's life under the critical eye of her tyrannical mother is hard. Desperate for affection, she stumbles upon dark secrets and into the uncertain murmurings of love. On the other side of the scarred mountain, and in the wake of a disaster that tears through his family and their tight - knit mining community, Harry finds the burden of manhood thrust upon his young shoulders. Through the turmoil of the Depression years, life for both Harry and Jennie takes many unexpected turns, with love won and lost. But the onset of World War II brings changes that neither could have imagined. This is the extraordinary tale of two young souls living in different worlds, yet separated only by the mountains between them. Praise for Julie McGowan's books: 'Full of warmth and wisdom. Poignant, funny and realistic. I was really impressed.' - Katie Fforde 'TERRIFIC read! Very cinematographic. Thoroughly enjoyable!' - Barbara Daniels, M.W.A. 'Beyond enchanting. Highly recommended.' - Martin Bailie, BBC Radio Cornwall 'A great read. Very moving.' - Monmouthshire County Life 'Cannot fail to charm.' - Nick Ramsay, A.M.