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An engrossing family saga
20 August 2016
In this story of three generations of women, Maud, Margot and Ruby are trying to find their way in the world. During the Second World War, Maud falls in love, but she also dreams of fame. Can she have both? Forty years later, Margot is facing a bleak future, divorcing her husband and losing her sister in an accident. Ruby, Margot's niece, is sent to live in Ibiza with her grandfather, and there she begins to unearth family secrets.
This is such an engrossing family saga. The urgency to solve the mystery increases as the story unfolds, and we and Ruby get closer and closer to the truth. Even if you do guess the twists, the reveals are still extremely satisfying.
The author eloquently describes her characters and their relationships, so the reader lives through Maud, Margot and Ruby’s challenging times and experiences with them. Add to this the wonderful descriptions – the privations of wartime, the heat of the Spanish sun – and you are immersed in the world of this story. For me, the war-time scenes resonated most deeply.
If you enjoy a well-written book that makes you think and feel, this is one for you. It’s one of those stories where the characters stay with you after you’ve finished reading.