3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a lovely comfort read,
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This is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying books I've read in ages. It's the sort of book it would be great to curl up with on a rainy afternoon or a Sunday morning lie-in. It's an easy read, but its simplicity is deceptive as it's well-written with beautifully drawn characters. It's also very interesting from a social history perspective, particularly regarding the changing status of women in the early decades of the 20th century.
I've given it 4 instead of 5 stars because, for me, the ending was too abrupt. I felt the emotional development of the characters was so well paced in the rest of the book that the swift changes (mainly affecting Rachel and Kate) in the last few chapters felt a bit discordant.
This is the first Dorothy Whipple book I've read and I'm looking forward to reading her others.