Initially I had a little trouble getting into this book, I kept picking it up and putting it down. Maybe it was simply a mood thing.
Anyway, once I got into the book a little more I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the book. I don't know if you would call this a story per se. Penelope has decided to leave her husband, you know that from the first line of the book. Penelope is also a magistrate and on her way to sit on the bench, while she is in the process of judging others, she is judging her own actions, her own life. Would she pass the jury test? So while Penelope has a case going on in front of her, we see flashbacks of Penelope's life that she either has guilt for or she can account for them leading up to her actions of today.
Penelope has been a good woman. She's led a small but good life. But she's hit a wall, and she doesn't like where she's been, and yet she feels guilt for her latest decision and begins putting her "good woman" image on trial.
This is a very interesting concept of judging your peers and comparing your own actions to things they have done. There is a lot to discuss in a book like this. It's a relatively short book, but it is packed with "moments".
The ending was superb!