While her mother regards the Locarno dancehall as a den of iniquity, for 17-year-old shop-girl, Nell McClusky, it’s the centre of the universe. Where else is she going to meet the man of her dreams who’ll take her away from the humdrum realities of life on a council estate in 1950s Edinburgh? At first Alistair Rutherford doesn’t look that promising. He dresses more like a student than Nell’s idol, Buddy Holly. Only Alistair comes from a wealthy family and is studying to be a lawyer.
But while Nell finds herself falling for the entire Rutherford clan, the reality of marriage will prove far different to her romantic notions…
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