By Maeve Binchy

It used to be a summer season of warmth.... Kate Ryan and her  husband, John, have a rollicking pub within the Irish  village of Mountfern... stunning twelve-year-old  twins... and such outstanding dreams.... It used to be a summer  of innocence... yet all that's approximately to change  this fateful summer season of 1962 whilst American  millionaire Patrick O'Neill involves city with his  irresistible allure and a pocketful of money... whilst love  and hate vie for a town's quiet middle and old  traditions start to collapse away.... It used to be a summer season of  love that might by no means come again.... A time that  has been captured without end in Maeve Binchy's  compelling kinfolk drama... a singular you'll by no means forget.From the Paperback variation.

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You don't get the list of deaths in it like the Independent. ' Fergus suggested. 'Fine thing that would be to do in a small town, depriving the Leonards of their income. Couldn't the whole town do that? Couldn't they come in here and look at our law books? ' Mr Slattery rattled his half of the paper in annoyance. Miss Purcell cleared her throat. 'Mrs Ryan is here. ' Old Mr Slattery looked over his glasses. 'No, it's Kate, Kate Ryan from the pub up the River Road,' said Fegus. ' 'Oh yes, Mr Fergus, that's the Mrs Ryan it is, all right.

The spots on the cheek were dangerously red now. Even old Mr Slattery had put down his paper and was looking anxiously like an old bird from one to the other. ' Fergus was still bewildered by this storm, and the sudden dropping of the Mrs Ryan, and changing it to Kate from the pub. ' Miss Purcell looked ten feet tall; she had drawn herself up into a long thin stick quivering with rage. 'If my work was not to your satisfaction, the very least I would have expected was to be told. ' The eyes were very bright.

There were some boys who were up at the brothers' in the football field and there were some girls who had to help in their houses, or who had been bad and therefore denied the night's outing. The six went to the graveyard and sat on a tombstone which they particularly liked. It was the memorial for a William James Fern who had died in 1881 at Majuba Hill in the Transvaal, aged eighteen. It was during the Boer War they knew that, and he had been fighting for the British against the Dutch in South Africa.

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