Secrets and skeletons come tumbling out of the closets in the small rural village of Barton-in-the-Dale, and the past has a tendency of coming back and biting you on the rear end…Nothing can be kept secret for too long in a small village.

With wedding planning going on for Ashley and Emmet.  Plus a dishy new male teacher at the village school, with a secret of his own.  There are plenty of goings on in the village.

With plenty of laughter and tears, Gervase Phinn brings all the local colour and speech of the Yorkshire Dales to life.

Love these books by Gervase Phinn, he’s a master storyteller.  He draws you in and holds you spell-bound…never wanting it to end!

5 Stars*****


The fifth Little Village School novel.

‘It’s a small village is Barton-in-the-Dale, Mrs Stirling,’ said the shopkeeper. ‘You ought to know that by now. Nothing can be kept secret for too long. News travels fast.’

In the little village of Barton-in-the-Dale, long-hidden secrets are bubbling to the surface. Ashley Underwood and Emmet O’Malley are set to tie the knot, when a revelation from the handsome Irishman’s past returns to haunt him. The town’s resident nosey-parker discovers some juicy gossip about the primary school’s dishy new staff-member, and head teacher Elisabeth Stirling has a very special secret of her own.

As the wedding day draws closer, brewing secrets threaten to boil over. But along with the skeletons tumbling out of the closet comes plenty of laughter, drama, friendship and love. One thing’s for sure: for some, life in Barton-in-the-Dale will never be the same again.


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