This is a book that approaches that question I often ask myself, How would I cope bringing up other people's children? As a single Mother of a daughter, I wonder how I would feel about someone elses child coming into our tight little circle and I can't help thinking Elizabeth has addressed many of the questions that I have previously thought which made the story so much more real to me.
Lara is a mother to three grown up girls of which two are her Step Children. Throughout their lives she has treated them as her own, but is that how they see it and how does those feelings effect their relationship with their half Sister?
Elizabeth has beautifully written a wonderful, thought-provoking novel about a family who are all entering the next chapter of their lives, whether that is marriage, college or moving home. Such amazing observations from each of the character's perspective. Whilst Lara is clearly the leading lady of this book, each daughter, the ex husband and new partners all have their own story that threads through the pages. All struggling with the same taboo subject, the thing that is never discussed. They are all strong people in their own way, each have hidden insecurities that make them do what they do as your turn the pages of this book.
This is not a laugh out loud easy breezy Chick Lit, but instead an extremely engaging story that I believe will make you look around and think of your relationships with your Mother's, Sisters and Daughters as it certainly has me. A truly fabulous book that pulls you into this family with every page.