Though this book starts off with the elderly widowed Betty, it very quickly moves back to the memories of her childhood. A childhood set back in a time when things were quite different to our current day and a time when perceptions and the consequential actions would not be considered today. We are taken on an emotional and at first, newly explorative journey, before things change for Betty and life changes as she could never have believed. How this is dealt with, within the book, is with a superb and naturally flowing sensitivity, that pulls you along, has you dreading, then hoping, saddened and hopeful and the full gamut of a lifetime of emotion. By the end I was sobbing. It felt so delicately weaved, like a spiders web. A difficult story, but with a slight of pen, a beautiful afternoon read.