Susan Swan is a wonderfully creative writer, whose characters are always well-crafted and interesting. We understand them, even if we don't always like them. Mouse Bradford, though, is impossible not to like. She is the most endearing of all Swan's characters. And here, in the prequel to The Wives of Bath, we welcome her back, younger and a tad more innocent. We again return to that southern Georgian Bay landscape that shaped Mouse, and the author. Part-mystery, part-adventure, part- romance, this is, at its core, a novel of longing and searching for people and places past. It is also a wonderful read.