‘Andrina’ is set on the fictional Orkney island of ‘Seleskay’.
Tina Stewart the postmistress knew everybody and everything.
It is a place where gossip abounds. Whereas in ‘A Time to Keep’, gossip can be a driver of conflict, in ‘Andrina’ it is more benign.
Although the story is not as directly centered around the agricultural cycle as others – ‘A Time to Keep’ in particular – the seasons do seem to, at times, mirror the mood: