Wonderful page-turner about a woman who comes into a dreary mining community during WWII, bringing with her the whiff of perfume, the colorful clothes and make-up of a starlet, and a sense of purpose & freedom for her female students and their mothers. If you've read Wakefield's memoir, "Forties' Child," you'll recognize many events, people, and scenes. I only took one star off because some of the premise seemed a little unbelievable. I still have questions in my mind. Still, I read in in two days and loved it.