An enthralling, irresistible and beautifully moving novel from one of Britain’s most popular authors


Can a mother ever hand over her son to another woman?

In this emotional and thought-provoking novel, multi-million copy bestselling author Joanna Trollope expertly weaves a study of familial relationships with a lightness of tone and real sense of compassion. Fans of Elizabeth Noble, Erica James and Amanda Prowse will love it!

'Trollope writes about family life with wit, intelligence and verve'
- Guardian
'Wonderfully observed and readable' - THE TIMES
'Infallibly elegant...Look more closely and something as grim as Greek tragedy is played out around the cosy family dining table' - Daily Telegraph

'I found it hard to put this book down' -- ***** Reader review
'A brilliant book' -- ***** Reader review
'Always an enjoyable read - Joanna Trollope is the mistress of family emotions' -- ***** Reader review
'I read it last week and have started to re-read it immediately.' -- ***** Reader review



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

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