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by Julie Cohen


Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn't even tell the people you love?

Honor's secret threatens to rob her of the independence she's guarded ferociously for 80 years.

Jo's secret could smash apart the normal family life she's fought so hard to build.

Lydia's secret could bring her love, or the loss of everything that matters to her.

One summer's day, grandmother, mother and daughter's secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment.

Is it too late for second chances?

During one tumultuous spring, 3 generations of women from the same family find themselves living together while on the cusp of change: adolescence, morality, mortality.

Jo has a thrilling secret. She's 40, a divorced mother of three, an average woman doing her best to look after her children and a prickly mother-in-law from her first marriage. But she's also having a passionate affair with her next-door neighbour.

Honor is alone. Fiercely independent, she has never in her 80 years relied on anyone for anything. But something else is wrong with her, something that might take away her independence forever, and so she won't tell anyone.

Lydia is 16 and in love, and first love should be wonderful. Except that the person she's in love with is her best girlfriend, who is straight.

This is a story about knowing yourself as a woman at every stage of life, about the importance of familial connections, and loving someone you know you will lose.

Transworld - January 2016 - 400 pages

"Gripping, intriguing, unique and gut-wrenchingly poignant . . . brilliantly original." - Heat

"Compelling and deeply affecting."- Marie Claire

"Tears you apart and puts you together again." - Katie Fforde

"For readers of Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell." - Cosmopolitan