Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann
Mamma was fast asleep at home, her spirit lapped in unconsciousness. Her dreams would not divine that her daughter had stolen out to meet a lover. And next door also they slept unawares, while one of them broke from the circle and came alone to clasp a stranger.
Judith Earle, over-earnest and inexperienced, has always been a little in love with each of the four cousins who come to stay next door and, on her return from Cambridge, becomes madly in love with one of them.
Written in the 1920s, Dusty Answer has become a lesbian classic which traces with delicate nostalgia childhood friendships and the pangs of thwarted young love.