A poignant novel about friendships and betrayal.
Joanna Trollope is the author of eagerly awaited and sparklingly
readable novels often centred around the domestic nuaunces and
dilemmas of life in present-day England. She has also written a
number of historical novels and Britannia's Daughters, a study of
women in the British Empire.
Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.
Whittingbourne is one of those charming English towns where families live happily ever after. Gina and Fergus, Hillary and Laurance have grown up, married, and raised their children in the warmth of amiable friendship. But one day it all unravels as Fergus calmly leaves Gina to share his life with a young man in London, and Laurance nearly chucks it all to move to France with Gina in the heat of passion. Their children are devastated and beset with emerging passions of their own. Teenage Sophy, angry with her father, Fergus, for disrupting her life, is nonetheless drawn to him as a refuge from her mother's affair. But Fergus is not prepared for Sophy to share his new life. Sophy is also scared she might be pregnant after a furtive encounter with young George. What keeps the predictable plot from dissolving into just another British suburban soap is Trollope's (A Spanish Lover, LJ 12/96) remarkable talent for character development. Entertaining, engaging, and literate, this is highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/98.]ÄSusan Clifford, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA
Trollope at her best * Spectator *
Undeniably warmhearted and socially topical...above all a novel filled with good advice * Observer *
Truly, I couldn't put it down. I'm telling you, Trollope is a significant chronicler * Daily Mail *
Trollope has a keen ear for the yelps of distress, as lives are sliced in half by shabby betrayal... A book that is as enjoyable as it is thoughtful * The Times *
Trollope's bleakest and most satisfying work to date * The Sunday Times *