Although the story jumps frequently from place to place and from one generation to the next, the author is able to make these effortless transitions for the reader. The characters are strong, believable and endearing - and will evoke recognition and sympathy from all ages ... an enjoyable read and a promising debut novel. Sunday Express This perceptive novel does the mothers-and-daughters thing in page-turning style ... Be sure that your bookmark is a hankie Elle An emotional roller-coaster of a read Company The attitudes of these strong-minded women and their generations are masterfully captured Hello I enjoyed this novel very much Rosamunde Pilcher A very beautiful and very moving story Lesley Pearse This is a remarkable first novel, rich and deep and full of wonderfully realized characters. Oh, these women! Anne Rivers Siddons A really really good book. One of the best I have read for you. I could identify with so much... It had everything going for it. It was well written with well rounded characters and a very good story to boot! Marks: 9/10. I am almost tempted to give it a 10/10! Sarah Broadhurst book blog A thoughtful first novel about mothers, daughters and lovers Daily Mail Engrossing Woman & Home
On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and while they strain to listen to the wireless, twenty-one-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiance again for a year. In 1980, eighteen-year-old Patricia's rebellion is to run away to from County Wexford with her illegitimate child. Fifteen years later Sabine leaves trendy Hackney to visit the grandparents she doesn't know, and finds that time in Wexford seems to have stood still. When Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only is a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.