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Summary

A sweeping family drama of old secrets and new beginnings....

Even happy families have their secrets.... 

Since the sudden death of her husband, Naomi has steadily rebuilt the life they shared in the village of Tilsham by the sea.

Her eldest daughter, Martha, is sensible and determined - just like her father was - and very much in control of where her life is going. If she could just get pregnant with her husband, life would be perfect.

Willow, the youngest, was always more sunny and easy-going, yet drifted through life, much to her father’s frustration. But now, with charming new boyfriend Rick, she has a very good reason to settle down.

The three women are as close as can be. But there are things Naomi has kept from her daughters. Like the arrival of Ellis, a long-lost friend from way back, now bringing the fun and spark back into her life. And she’s certainly never told them that her marriage to their father wasn’t quite what it seemed….

The Sunday Times best-selling author Erica James returns with this gloriously compelling tale of mothers and daughters, secrets and love.

©2022 Erica James (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A beautifully written story that examines the wonderful intimacy between mothers and daughters...a satisfying treat." (Adele Parks, Platinum)

"A brilliant read. A compelling family drama, full of twists and turns. Completely absorbing." (Sarah Morgan)

"Wise and warm with plenty of twists and turns, you'll love this engrossing family story." (Rachel Hore)

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Another enjoyable family saga from Erica James

An enjoyable listen to an Erica James exploration of family relationships. Mother, daughter, father daughter, mother son, all of 5hem here and mainly set in Sussex by the sea. The narr at slightly jarred with Tom’s northern accent attempt, but otherwise a worthwhile purchase.

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Excellent read

I loved this book for the story to the wonderful characters. The narrator was great and it didn’t disappoint You always know a good book when you miss the characters at the end. Highly recommend

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Riveting Erica James!

Absolutely amazing listening experience. Erica James is on top storytelling form and Juliet Stevenson’s narration is sublime. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Missing the Miller girls and family already!

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Disappointed

I started to listen to this book and within the first couple of chapters I knew I’d “read” it before!
I was able to preempt the story line and what was happening to each of the characters. This was really disappointing as you buy these books in good faith.
So I listened to the entire book again despite recognising everything within it right down to the ending! How does this happen?
I’d have rated the storyline higher than the three stars if it wasn’t already familiar. The performances were irritating though. No need to give the initially thought weaker character such a whining voice!
First timers to this will most likely enjoy it.

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Couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. Please do a follow up!!

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Terrible narration

A poor storyline that took most of the book to get going but it was impossible to get past the appalling narration. The worst I have experienced .

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Must read

What a wonderful story. Lots of twists and turns. Listened on audible and really could not stop listening.
Would be a good holiday read.

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a cracking new story

fantastic, as usual. started off being really annoyed by Martha, but in the best way of stories, she came good in the end. Rick, well ....... glad I didn't meet him! Great listen. thank you

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Loved it

Lots of twists and turns. Couldn't wait to get back to it every evening. Looking forward to the next one.

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Superb performance. Warm and engaging story

Juliet Stephenson read this book wonderfully. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, relatively gentle but with enough grit and plot line to draw you in. Well drawn characters and a very evocative setting.