This is a thick book - 800 and odd pages if I recall! A bit of a slog. However, the story is entertaining enough to warrant the excess paper. I really like the fact that a character was brought in to the storyline with no bearing to the main family and you are charged with trying to work out the connection. I also liked the different characters and the normality of some of the women (e.g. not long honey blond hair, beautiful features, slim, big breasts, clever, blue eyes etc), although there were a few like that as you would expect. The story is about the Morrell family and generations of ambition, corruption, fall-outs and marriage breakups, affairs and a random character who the main character has bequeathed money to and we do not know why. My only gripe is at the end of the book when the 'so called' strong female characters seem to take on a different persona and it all gets a bit silly. Hard to say too much without spoiling the ending. I would read another Penny Vincinzi book but maybe one with less pages.