Robert Harlow is a retired London financier and has visited Linhay on and off since he was a small boy. He is the latest owner of Arundel Hall, the large manor house on the bluff, which overlooks Smuggler's Cove. A quiet, well mannered and well spoken gentleman of middling years, he keeps trim and fit by playing the odd round of golf and walking his dogs along the miles of coastal pathways that circumnavigate the island.
Miss Patty-Mae Ludere
Petty-Mae Ludere is a newcomer to Linhay Island. An American actress from the deep south, she is the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. Recently engaged to the much older widower Sir Robert Harlow, she has moved into Arundel Hall and is seeking friendship in Meadham village. Upon meeting Ella she "just knows they'll be friends," but Ella has her reservations.
Edgar Rutherford is the spoiled, pretentious only child of absentee parents who own a home on Linhay. They are both oenophiles and run an exclusive import business in London, consequently travelling extensively. In charge of the business in their absence, Edgar instead lives the life of a play boy, which has resulted in debt and several enemies.
Miss Harriet Dinworthy
In her late fifties, Harriet was born on Linhay, the daughter of a clergyman. Moving to London in her youth to teach history at an exclusive, convent run, girls school, she has never married. She has published a number of well received history books, and upon her retirement returned to Linhay and set up the first library. She is an expert on the history of the island and helps Ella with her research.
Dr. Nathanial Brookes
Nathanial Brookes is now the sole Doctor on Linhay since he took over the practice from his retired father a few weeks ago. He is handsome, highly intelligent and astute with an 'old-school' chivalrous manner, and a self-deprecating sense of humour. He is not always taken seriously as he looks much younger than his thirty-one years. His first meeting with Ella is embarrassing, but from the outset there was a mutual spark of interest.