Top positive review
For a sequel, this offers very good value
on 16 February 2014
Most sequels are subject to the law of diminishing returns, and it applies the more so when as much of the plot from the earlier book is recycled as in this one. That said, the characters are well worth revisiting and Gardam's rich style and probing intelligence make the book very rewarding. Much of the content of Betty's early life is enjoyable and at times moving. I am not sure if I shall read the third book but it's tempting, just because Gardam writes so well. I wish there wasn't so much coincidence, and there are flaws in the structure that should have been ironed out - others have pointed out that Betty's cv just doesn't work chronologically.