Liesel (yes, her mother loved The Sound of Music) and her big sister Marilyn have always relied on each other. And when Marilyn's husband runs off, leaving her broke with a distraught five year old, she needs all the help she can get. But then the sisters discover that little Alex has inherited a hotel in Cornwall from his father's dotty great-aunt. With its stunning sea views and Victorian Gothic castle appeal, it's a property the developers are ready to pay big money for. However, the will has one condition. They can sell the hotel if they wish, but only after running it for a season first. With only their tiny flat and not so salubrious view of Hackney central to lose, the girls decide to pack up and head down south. After all, how hard can it be to run a small hotel? And who knows who else they might meet down there.
Suburban sprawl, advertising clutter, vast industrial plantations of spindly pines punctuated by stone-lined gutters in place of streams--this was the thoroughly modern landscape of Germany by the turn of the century. Most people ignored the devastating changes in their environment, or quickly rationalized them away as the price that had to be paid for "progress." But in 1904, three-quarters of a century before Greenpeace, one group arose that did not compromise on conservation: the movement for "homeland-protection," or "Heimatschutz."
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