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This is the first book that I have read by this author and now I intend to look for some more. I did enjoy this. It covered a subject area that I have never given much thought to before. I knew that huge numbers of men were killed in World War I, and that many women would be grieving, but I had never before considered the incredible change that situation caused. How until then, most middle and upper class women had no idea how to fend for themselves, how for their entire lives they had been taught to rely solely on the men in their lives. Once those men - husbands, brothers, sons - were gone, these women had to learn to cope in a world that they were completely unequipped for. I found this read at times frustrating and at times inspiring. The mother, Louise, exasperated me with her selfishness towards her daughters and those who worked for her. It was inspiring though to watch her repressed daughter, Celia, gradually blossom and grow under her new circumstances. My only complaint, as other reviewers have mentioned, is that the story ends very abruptly with an extended epilogue. I would rather have had a longer book to read, or even a series.