I like Rosamund Pilcher when I need a comfort read; no effort demanded from me to think. She never fails. This was a little predictable but the characters were nice people, apart from Sylvie, and life-like. This is Pilcher's strength - that she provides the reader with a credible story without a protracted plot. The characters would all have been nice to have to dinner; perhaps not poor May or neurotic Sylvie. No-one would have rocked the boat and all would have been polite and appreciative. If you have a lazy afternoon to while away this is the book to open and simply enjoy.