Can a mother ever hand over her son to another woman?
When you've dedicated your life to your children, what happens when they grow up?
Rachel loves being at the centre of her large family. She has devoted herself fiercely to bringing up her three sons, but at their childhood home on the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk, Rachel finds that her control begins to slip away. Other women - her daughters-in-law - are usurping her position. They have become more important to her boys than she is.
A crisis brings these subtle rifts to the surface. Can there be a way forward, if they are to survive as a family?
“We love Trollope's novels and await each new one with excitement”
“Supremely sure of her material and purpose, compassionate but never sentimental”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“Wonderfully observed and readable”
“Infallibly elegant... All this lies beneath the sparkling, well groomed surface of a novel which could quite easily be read as a light diversion for an idle afternoon. But look more closely and something as grim as Greek tragedy is played out around the cosy family dinner table”
Jane Shilling, DAILY TELEGRAPH
“As ever, Trollope writes about family life with wit, intelligence and verve”
“A poignant tale about a mother watching her children grow up and marry, and her sadness as they drift further away. Joanna's descriptive writing expresses true wrought emotion and hurt”
“The author's psychology, as always, is sound, the plotting secure and the pacing brisk and page-turning. Another winner”
“Sociologically and psychologically as observant as ever”
“Book of the Month: An intuitive and sympathetically observed piece of writing”
“Trollope writes with customary compassion and humanity in this heartwarming and engaging novel”
“A very superior work of women's fiction... an exceedingly skilled analysis of the relationship between different generations of women and how the power shifts as the old, as they must, get old and the young move on... it is a story told beautifully”
“The legendary Ms Trollope triumphs yet again, with her latest slick of classy chick-lit”
“This thoroughly engaging, intelligent, literate novel”
“The brilliantly observed portrayal of family life is wonderfully compelling - and a story many will be able to identify with. ****”