The Lincoln girls are excited to meet their new neighbors who have moved into a nearby cottage. Their house and the cottage are connected by a "Gap in the Fence". Genevieve and Clover soon become close friends with Margaret and Helen, members of the Jewel family. Mama Jewel is a great encouragement to all the children as she gently dispenses wisdom and spiritual encouragement. The children learn many lessons together about, kindness and caring for others. When because of a disagreement the girls have a falling out how will they chose deal with it? A story set in 1800's England, it also includes a missing father, a spoiled neighbor girl, and two charming little boys. Illustrated.