This book is sophistated yet earthy. On the surface it's the story of a female artist, Luna, from a bohemian background who yearns for a child and in this search falls into the arms of a man who appears to love art and children as much as she does. The interweaving of Luna's story with that of her mother, an older woman with a wild and desperate past, and also the wretched Nat, a young woman struggling to cope with her life all paint a well-structured and balanced picture of how much women still have to struggle to 'have it all' or at least to 'have even a little bit of it' - whatever 'it' might be. So, it's political without being dogmatic, and tender without being judgemental. I read this book with two younger friends, each of us unwittingly falling into the age category of each of the three women in the story. We each identified with the woman in our peer group which amplified the story from what seemed like a very personal perspective. This goes to show how good a writer Jane Elmor really is, and like one of the other reviewers, I can't wait to read her next novel. Ten out of ten.