(From the publisher):
Cotton Hall, half rectory and half manor, was bought in the 1850s by old John Henry Braithwaite and named for the commmodity that had brought him his fortune in Lancashire. There Braithwaite settled and saw his daughter marry into the Stacey family and his sons go off to enter law. Every summer was marked by visits by the Braithwaites and Staceys and their children - visits preceded, and followed, by shrewdly observed, delightfully protrayed manners and misbehaviour: disturbing alliances, behind-the-hedge seductions, eccentiricites, romantic dreams, and disappointments.
These traditional summer visits, over a century, are succeeded by other of a different, dramiatic kind as Cotton Hall becomes in turn a retreat for Anglican gentlewomen, a convalescent home for wounded Tommies of the Great War, and a refuge for evacuees of from the Blitz.
At the same time, the author traces the fortunes of the original family not only in East Anglia, but in the Caribbean, London, even North Country music halls - until the day when the great-grandson of old John Henry inherits the estate and returns to Cotton Hall...
Original title: Summer Visits
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England