I was drawn to the works of Alice Hoffman after having read 'Blue Diary'and I actively looked for more of her books. The story outline on the inside cover of 'Seventh Heaven' appealed to me, I followed my insticts and was definitely not disappointed! Alice Hoffman writes in a style that has a 'smalltown', claustrophobic feel to it and yet, once you begin to read one of her books, you can't put it down! Seventh Heaven tells the story of a small community who all moved in together when the houses were built. Each house is identical and, at first, even the inhabitants couldn't tell their own house from the others. The neighbours call on each other for recipes, practical help and small talk, their children play together and yet no-one really knows each other, as each household shields itself with a veneer of perfection. On the surface, the neighbourhood is perfect - perfect houses, perfect gardens, perfect people - until the cracks appear, following the death of one of the neighbours and the subsequent arrival of a divorced mother and her two children. The author evokes the atmosphere of the late fifties/early sixties, emphasising the straight-laced, hypocritical, stuffy attitudes of the neighbours, then slowly revealing the hidden secrets and the imperfections behind closed doors. The story has a sort of magical feel to it and Alice Hoffman makes it so very believeable. I finished the story with a quiet feeling of satisfaction. A superb book.