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Heligoland - Shena Mackay

Middle aged and desperately lonely orphan Rowena finds fellowship and purpose at last, in a story that celebrates ordinary care and kindness

Mackay's cast of curious characters are the delight of this book; great-hearted Celeste, neurotic Francis and generous, capable Rowena, crippled by insecurities. Only occasionally does the quirkiness shade into caricature, and some stories, like that of Rhiannon and of Nathan, seemed shallow to me. 

"It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph."