When you first start reading you think you are heading into a family sage like many other family sagas. At the heart of the book are the complex relationships between mothers and their daughters - Minnie and Ellie; Ellie and Juliet; Juliet and Mollie. Minnie and Ellie, to all intents and purposes, were single mothers bringing up their daughters alone and struggling financially, whereas Juliet has the advantage of a husband and financial security. All three mothers seem to struggle to communicate with their daughters and vice versa, with the pattern repeating itself every generation.
However, as the story unfolds it becomes much more than the typical family saga. One lie is told, out of good intentions, and two people swear never to reveal the truth to anyone, no matter what the consequences. It is this pact which has repercussions over the years, causing heartache and worry, with the story gradually developing more and more sinister undertones until the end of the book, which comes as an absolute shocker.
It was a fantastic read, all the characters are extremely well rounded and believable and by the end you are glued to it because you just have to know what happens next in their lives. It can be sad, funny and filled with suspense all within a few pages. Highly recommended.