A TIME OF TORMENT, CHANGE . . . AND TRUE LOVE Robin was the delightful and beautiful daughter of Feather, that fragile and delicate wife depicted in ... Show synopsis A TIME OF TORMENT, CHANGE . . . AND TRUE LOVE Robin was the delightful and beautiful daughter of Feather, that fragile and delicate wife depicted in "The Head of the House of Coombe." When Feather's husband died the helpless Feather turned to the unmentionable help of a married rich man -- leaving Robin to nursemaids and nannies. But in the secret garden of Robin's childhood she met a young boy named Donal, her life is forever changed. At a dance, as a young lady, Feather encounters the handsome Donal again and their love rekindles. But as the story of "Robin" makes it all too clear it is no longer the brilliant and cozy world of Edwardian England full of intimate salons and clever people -- but the terrible world of World War I. And Donal joins the British Army to fight for England and Robin. "Robin" is the moving tale of a young girl -- and, indeed, adults of a nation -- wrapped in a challenge the country may not survive. The novel represents another stunning accomplishment by the author of "The Secret Garden" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy."