A stand-alone novella published by Hutchinson in 1987
Sixteen-year-old Elvira’s mother is dead. Elvira is sad, of course, but not so sad as her younger sister Spinny. Spinny is afraid that their father, Luke, will be heartbroken, but Elvira knows better - after all, Luke has her to take her mother’s place.
But then Luke brings home a pretty young woman and introduces her as his fiancée, and Elvira decides she will stop at nothing to prevent her father’s marriage.
Read in five parts by Oona Beeson for A Book at Bedtime in 1991.
Adapted for TV by Guy Meredith in 1996.
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