This is book 2 of the trilogy Promises to Keep so it does not stand on its own. Book 1 is Sentence of Marriage, Book 3 is Settling the Account. There is also a sequel, Second Chance, which is a must read if you like the trilogy.
The 4 books tell the life story of Amy Leith and her extended family, with her cousin Lizzie as a second significant caracter. The families live on isolated farms in 19th Century New Zealand.
I bought this book as soon as I finished Book 1 and I was not disappointed. The story picks up hours after the end of Book 1 and follows Amy's and Lizzie's parallel lifes as young wives and mothers, between 1885 and 1889. As you would expect, the story revolves around marriages, births, family relationships, babies and deaths. As another reviewer mentioned, this can be boring for some people. However, I found the series a page turner as what matters is what happens to these characters and how they deal with it.