Susan Hill proves once again that she is one of our very best storytellers in this transfixing parable of greed, goodness and an extraordinary miracle.
Tommy Carr was a kind man; Eve had been able to tell that after half an hour of knowing him. There had never been a day when he had not shown her some small kindness.
The birth of a daughter, Jeannie Eliza, crowns the young couple's happiness just as her shockingly early death casts them low. But they do not need to talk about Jeannie because she remains with them, and their love does not change.
In some ways it is no wonder that one of them falls ill, for grief takes its toll, and one Christmas even Eve's sister Miriam is remarking that Tommy looks unwell. But what happens next is entirely unexpected, not least for the kind man.
'Concisely captures primal emotions and offers astonishing transformations ... Movingly perceptive.' - The Sunday Times
'It has a power beyond its pages; a haunting resonance between each stark sentence that stayed with me ... The delicate balance between kindness and bitterness, hope and despair, a dying man and a dying town, are almost unbearably poignant.' - The Independent on Sunday