Mist by Mary Fitzgerald Arrow, Paperback, £5.99
It starts with the rebuilding of a drystone wall in driving rain, but Mary Fitzgerald has managed to carefully construct a captivating novel with some clever twists.
When young Canadian Matthew decides to take up the offer of a sheep farm in remote Wales left to him in his grandfather’s will, his parents try to dissuade him to no avail.
But it is a hitchhiker he picks up en route, Lark, around whom this tale revolves.
As they try to come to grips with farming methods, supposedly aided by a local landlord who sees easy money, things are tough.
As Lark manages to take to the farming life and Matt finds his enthusiasm waning, a series of events occur which change the whole complexion of their lives, and their respective futures.
If Mary Fitzgerald has gone overboard on one area it is sex – regularly mentioned – but, fortunately, without too much explanation, and, while it is part of thread upon which the story hangs, it doesn’t always seem necessary.
But that aside, the twists and turns of the plot make entertaining reading and keep the pages turning right to the last one.