Gina and Laurence have been the best of friends ever since they were teenagers.They have never been in love - just friends.Now, Gina is married to the exquisitely tasteful Fergus and lives in stylish perfection at High Place.Laurence is married to down-to-earth Hilary and lives in the Bee House, a home and hotel.
Then, with elegant disdain, Fergus announces that he is leaving Gina and their teenage daughter.As Gina's misery ricochets through the two homes, she turns for emotional support to Laurence, her dearest friend.And as Laurence gives comfort, so his own marriage and the stability of his children edges towards destruction ...
Trollope at her best
Undeniably warmhearted and socially topical...above all a novel filled with good advice
Truly, I couldn't put it down. I'm telling you, Trollope is a significant chronicler
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
Trollope's bleakest and most satisfying work to date