In depression-hit Thirties Britain, Sarah Burton returns from London to her Yorkshire hometown to take up the post of headmistress at a struggling girls' school. Full of ambition, she is determined to create a great school and inspire her girls. As Sarah struggles against the crippling poverty of the district, she meets those at the heart of the local community: her brilliant but poor student, Lydia Holly; the county's first woman Alderman, Mrs Beddows, whose sensible demeanour belies a girlish heart; the noble but ludicrous Methodist preacher, Councillor Huggins; Sarah's socialist suitor Joe Astell and the proud, haunted and almost ruined landowner, Robert Carne - a man Sarah finds herself drawn towards even though he stands for everything she detests...
Absorbing period drama and love story
- South Riding review by CP Customer
One gets deeply drawn in by the interplay of the characters, the ups and downs of life, and the effects of the social changes that are taking place.
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