Frosty writer Alice Lamb (Gemma Arterton) lives a solitary life in her Kent seaside cottage while WWII rages across the channel. Then London evacuee Frank (Lucas Bond) pitches up on her doorstep and she begins to open up a bit, accompanied by a syrupy score. Alice’s mind is also cast back to the tasteful lesbian romance she enjoyed with society hottie Vera (Guru Mbatha-Raw) back in the roaring twenties.
Playwright Jessica Swale‘s feature debut reunites her with the leads of her successful Nell Gwynne for this sweet, picturesque period drama whose lesbian sub-plot is handled tastefully enough to avoid upsetting maiden aunts. The performances are fine, but several critics found it rather too insipid, with scarcely believable, melodramatic plot twists.