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About the Author:
D. E. Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of civil engineers who designed many Scottish lighthouses, among them Bell Rock, Skerryvore and Bass Rock. Her mother was a cousin of Earl Roberts of Kandahar and her father was a first cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson. She was educated privately and travelled widely in France and Italy with her parents. Her interest was in art and history. She married a major in the Highland Light Infantry and moved with the regiment from place to place gaining valuable experience of life and people. Her first really successful novel Mrs. Tim, was published in 1933. She published 42 novels with Collins
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1964. Katherine Wentworth
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First published in 1964 in Great Britain in hardcover by Collins, with dustjacket, 318pp.
Reprinted in 1984 by Collins in hardcover
As her many devoted readers know, to open a book by D.E Stevenson is to be transported into a picturesque world of charming characters, gay adventure, and romance.
In this book, the story is told by Katherine Wentworth, who married at nineteen and had four years of happiness before her beloved Gerald died, and who is left now to bring up a stepson, Simon, and her own little twins on a very inadequate income.
She has known what it is to be loved and cherished, and now that she has lost her Gerald, all she wants is freedom and independence to bring up Gerald's children as he would have liked.
In the case of Simon, the task is not easy, for an unexpected letter offers him a very different sort of life with wide horizons. What would Gerald have wanted for his son? This is Katherine's problem throughout the story: Simon's choice of the path to follow, and her own deep concern that he shall choose right. The situation is further complicated by a group of young people who rebel against the boredom and frustrations of modern life and find an outlet for their pent-up feelings in mischief.
Katherine is worn out with worries and difficulties and scarcely knows which way to turn; but a restful holiday in the Scottish Highlands restores her zest for living. Colours look brighter, food tastes delicious, and every day is a new pleasure. And it is only then that she begins to realise that independence is not as important as love.