My Friend Annie

Jane Duncan

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27 August 2015
260 pages


My Friend Annie takes the reader back into Janet Sandison's childhood. It opens as the death of her mother shatters the bliss of her Highland home. Janet migrates with her father to grimy, lowland Cairnton, where she meets the hateful and stupid Jean, soon, alas, to be her step-mother-and pretty Annie Black.

Years of unhappiness are relieved by holidays among the unchanging loveliness of Reachfar. But while at school, Janet finds out about Annie's profession-a discovery that troubles her strong sense of right and wrong.

What a natural among story-tellers Jane Duncan is and what an honest and lively mind she brings to the tales she quite obviously loves writing . . . My Friend Annie has the same refreshing tang as its predecessors