The Girls from Spaniard's Bay by M.J. Kingston

When you're eighteen, the world opens out before you. Well. Unless you're Laura Collingwood, that is. Her world consists of a tiny island that hasn't changed since the 1950's, a school that makes Dotheboys Hall look like a Steiner Academy and a mother who combines the investigative acumen of Hercule Poirot with the disciplinary tendencies of the Dark Lord Sauron. Then there's her inseparable best friend, Josie, with whom she is secretly in love (and you just know that's going to cause trouble), and their friend Sam, who is widely suspected of being from another world entirely, but not so much so that she's immune to the charms of her mother's unfeasibly handsome 28-year-old lodger. But then they meet Siobhan. Fiery, worldly-wise, fiercely moral, Siobhan opens their eyes to the injustice, the exploitation and the racism at the heart of their apparently idyllic island home. And four young women, united by love, friendship and adversity set out on a journey that will change their lives - and their beloved home - for ever.

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