by Julie HaleNovember, 2002
Margot Livesey's supernatural story
Raised by her father in Scotland during the early 1900s, Eva McEwen grows up in the company of her secret "friends"—the ghosts of a woman and a young girl who wander in and out of her life unexpectedly. Visible only to her as she enters adulthood and becomes a nurse in a Glasgow infirmary, the two spirits save Eva's life, foil her chances at romance and cause all manner of uproar in her otherwise mundane daily existence.
Weighted by her terrible secret, Eva unburdens herself to a friendly surgeon, but her admission leads to disaster. As she portrays Eva's lonely adolescence, Margot Livesey weaves an entrancing tale, providing a plausible explanation for the ghosts' appearance and exploring the mysteries of life and death. Eva moves the furniture is s lovely coming of age story.