The spectre at the funeral is Flora herself, unobserved by her grieving family and the four men who loved her.
Looking back over a turbulent lifetime, Flora recalls an eccentric childhood lived in the shadow of her musical twin, Rory; early marriage to Hugh, a handsome clergyman twice her age; motherhood, which brought her Theo, the son she couldn’t love; middle age, when she finally found brief happiness in a scandalous affair with her nephew, Colin.
“There has been much love in this family – some would say too much – and not a little hate. If you asked my sister-in-law, Grace why she hated me, she’d say it was because I seduced her precious firstborn, then tossed him on to the sizeable scrap heap marked ‘Flora’s ex-lovers’. But she’d be lying. That isn’t why Grace hated me. Ask my brother Rory.”
A complex family drama spanning the 20th century from the author of Kindle bestseller, HOUSE OF SILENCE.
From the Publisher
"Probably the most convincing portrayal of being a twin that I have ever read."
--Simon Thomas, STUCK-IN-A-BOOK's blog
A BOUQUET OF BARBED WIRE meets THE FORSYTE SAGA in this powerful and haunting novel.
"An absolute page-turner! I could not put this book down and read it over a weekend. It is a haunting and disturbing exploration of the meaning of love within a close-knit family... Find a place for it in your holiday luggage!"
"A bold and powerful novel about a family in turmoil."
--West Highland Free Press
"The emotional power makes this reviewer reflect on how Charlotte and Emily Bronte might have written if they were living and writing now."
"This book will affect you profoundly... It is also a goldmine for bookclub group discussions."
--Rhapsody in Books Weblog
"Disturbing themes, sensitively explored... An emotional avalanche."
--Lochcarron Reading Group