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This meandering novel tells the story of Loviah French, who owns a dress shop in Manhattan catering to the rich and famous, and her two best friends Dinah Wainwright and Avies Binney. The three met at boarding school although it is Loviah who ties them together. Dinah is a spiky gossip columnist and Avies a prominent figure in the art world, from an impeccable family background. This is the story of their lives, told through marriages, affairs, divorce, children, careers and world events. For much of the book Loviah keeps her relationship with each of her friends separate, until events mean that she has to mediate between them.
Although this is a gentle read, concerning personal relationships rather than an action packed plot, it certainly does not lack depth or interest. I found myself really drawn to Loviah and her friends and family. The author creates a world of believable characters you care about and the ending certainly packs a real punch. I really enjoyed this novel and was sad when it ended. Beth Gutcheon has written many books, although only this one is currently available on kindle in the UK at the moment. I hope that her publishers make her back catalogue more readily available here as I would love to read more of her work. This book would also be ideal for reading groups, with loads to discuss and characters you will sympathise with and relate to.